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The Fear of Letting Go: Meditation 101

Okay, so we are all hearing and maybe talking about being mindful, doing yoga and taking time out to meditate. People are thinking, "oh great yet …

15 Crazy Delicious Cauliflower Hacks to Help You Lose Weight

We-can’t-believe-it’s-cauliflower recipes ahead.<p>If we could hand out superlatives to our favorite veggies, cauliflower would win “most creative” by a landslide. With the help of a food processor and some smart seasonings, it’s the ultimate shape-shifter. While we're at it, we'd also give this pale …

Healthy Eating

Lemons: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts

When life gives you lemons … you're in luck. Lemons are full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants. They are especially good sources …

Nutrition

10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism and Lose Weight

Metabolism is the term for all the chemical reactions in your body. These chemical reactions keep your body alive and functioning.<p>However, the word …

How to eliminate sugar from your diet in 21 days

Mounting research shows that going overboard on sugar can lead to high cholesterol and blood pressure and a greater risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, not to mention excess weight gain.<p>But there’s a difference between added sugars and the kinds found naturally in whole foods, like …

With Fear, Determination And Poetry: How Great Writers Face Death

Katie Roiphe's preoccupation with death goes back to her childhood, when she contracted virulent pneumonia at the age of 12. She was sick for a year and thought she was going to die.<p>Her terror of death was reignited many years later when her father died. It was then that Riophe found herself …

Literature

Can't Meditate? Fantasize!

Meditation has become the prescription of choice for much of what ails us. Designed to put space between the thoughts and the tongue, or between thoughts and ill-advised actions, meditation invites a state of "mindfulness." It calms our anxieties, and permits many stressed individuals to survive …

How to Stop Worrying

<i>By John Swartzberg, M.D.</i><p>We've evolved to worry. From an evolutionary standpoint, it makes sense that we do need to worry about certain things, particularly those that represent imminent danger. We may see ourselves as straddling the top of the evolutionary ladder, but it wasn't all that long ago …

15 Awesome Ideas for How to Eat Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have come a long way since being only recognized as the little things that made those funny chia pets grow. More recently they’ve become …

Meditation Is Good for You in More Ways Than You Ever Imagined

I am sure everyone is aware that there are benefits to meditation in terms of creating calm and focusing. There are more than 75 scientifically proven ways in which meditation is healthy and constructive for each of us that you may have never thought of. So, while many have not given much thought …

6 Grateful Habits for Happiness

So often we count what is missing from our lives, focusing on what is <i>not</i> there.<p>In doing this, we create a form of "negative hallucination," a state of mind that blinds us to so much of what is actually there -- a really self-defeating way to pass our days.<p>By dwelling on what we lack we create …

Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Recipes

Vegetarian dishes can be just as filling as their meaty counterparts. Feast your eyes on some of our favorite slow cooker vegetarian entrées.<p>1 of …

Cooking

10 Troubling Habits of Chronically Unhappy People

Happiness comes in so many different forms that it can be hard to define. Unhappiness, on the other hand, is easy to identify; you know it when you see it, and you definitely know when it's taken ahold of you.<p>Unhappiness is lethal to everyone around you, just like second-hand smoke. The famous …

Fasting for weight loss? Here’s why scientists say it works long-term

For the past 12 years, Dr. Steve Mount hasn’t eaten on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Those days are earmarked for fasting.<p>In 2004, he read a …

7 Habits of Highly Resilient People

The most resilient among us make it through the worst of times--and we don't do it by accident. Are some people born a little more resilient than others? Sure. But make no mistake: Building resilience is something anyone can do--and needs to in order to thrive in the face of stress.<p>Regardless of …

Top 10 Surprising Foods You Can Make in Your Waffle Iron

It’s time to dust off that neglected waffle maker and waffle all the things. Here are 10+ unusual foods that are perfect for cooking in the waffle …

Staving off dementia: 5 ways to keep your brain young and healthy

Your brain may change with age but don’t think mental decline has to seep in as you get older. New research suggests there are plenty of ways to keep …

Why Silence Is So Good For Your Brain

In a loud and distracting world, finding pockets of stillness can benefit your brain and body. Here are four science-backed reasons why.<p>We live in a loud and distracting world, where silence is increasingly difficult to come by ― and that may be negatively affecting our health.<p>In fact, a 2011 World …

Humanity

Release Your Stress Through Meditation

<b>Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work. -- Thich Nhat Hanh</b><p><b>Whether you are looking for more peace or less stress in your life, meditation could be exactly what you need</b>. A common misconception …

40 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes or Less

There are 364 new emails in the inbox, those new pants are covered in scalding coffee, and the next conference call starts in exactly five minutes. …

Self-improvement

I Have It All—so Why Am I Not Happy?

I used to spend long nights wide awake, wandering around our huge house, wondering what I was missing in my life. I blamed myself for feeling this …

7 Motivational Ways To Get Over Your Past And Focus On The Present And To Embrace The Art Of Mindfulness

To be exceptionally good at everything you do, it’s essential to live in the moment. The art of mindfulness is all about leaving the past behind and …

How to Meditate for Little Bits of Stress Free Living

We are all so busy, our lives spilling over with our "to do lists," family commitments, and work. There will always be something else to do or another distraction.<p>Start by committing to a daily meditation practice of at least five minutes, and you'll start to see positive changes in your life. Over …

Here's an Easy Two-Minute Trick to Calm Your Racing Mind

<b>Obsess much? Here's a way to stop the cycle (and basically tell your brain to STFU).</b><p><i>By Amanda Schupak</i>, SELF<p>Photo: Kyle Ericksen/WWD<p>Replays of awkward interactions, missed opportunities and embarrassing regrets distract us during the day and keep us up at night. Think about how many times you've …

A simple 2-minute trick to calm a racing mind

Replays of awkward interactions, missed opportunities and embarrassing regrets distract us during the day and keep us up at night.<p>Think about how many times you’ve agonized over some dumb thing you said. Or rehearsed a conversation that hasn’t happened—and might not ever. Or couldn’t get that …