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Literature

Seven Zen Stories That Could Open Your Mind

For centuries, Zen masters have used stories and koans, or paradoxical riddles, to help students realize their true nature. These stories are often …

Meditation

How I Survive Motherhood

My late grandma used to bake bread every day, just one of the things she was famous for. There was always a saucer of softened butter in the …

The Making of the American Museum of Natural History’s Wildlife Dioramas

The dioramas at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History—those vivid and lifelike re-creations of the natural world, in which the taxidermied specimens almost seem to breathe and the painted horizons seem to stretch for miles—are very much products of the late-nineteenth and …

How to Practice Yoga, Part I

<i>by guest blogger Holly Walck Kostura, certified Iyengar Yoga teacher</i><p>"Alignment is enlightenment." --B.K.S. Iyengar<p>For more than 10 years now, I have been teaching Iyengar yoga, the method of hatha yoga developed by world-renowned yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. Affectionately known as Guruji to his …

The Science of a Happy Mind, Part 1

<b>The Science of a Happy Mind, Part 1</b><br>Renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson is finding that happiness is something we can cultivate and a skill that …

Mindfulness

How to Introduce Your Child to Meditation and Why

I'll admit it: I was skeptical about meditation. If you had told me a year ago that meditation would not only be something that I look forward to, but also a practice that my almost four year-old daughter could do with me, I would have laughed in disbelief.<p>I am a physician who believes in …

Most Dinosaur Species Are Still Undiscovered

Just about every two weeks, we meet a new dinosaur species. Some come fresh from the desert. Others have been hiding in museum collections for decades, or were misidentified as different species. However they’re found, though, dinosaurs are stomping out onto the public stage at a greater rate than …

Dinosaurs

These Ancient Trees Have Stories to Tell

Photographer Beth Moon traveled the world in search of centuries-old trees.<p>Over three trillion trees live on planet Earth, and yet we know so few of their stories. Of course all trees play an important role—purifying the air, hosting the feathered and the furry, teaching kids (and kids at heart) …

Nature

Paleo Profile: Teyú Yaguá

Do a Google Image search for the word “Triassic” and you’re going to see variations of the same scene over and over again. Svelte little dinosaurs snap and squawk around an ancient lake or river, with the also-rans of their era – such as the armored aetosaurs and superficially-crocodile-like …

Paleontology

51 natural wonders so amazing it’s hard to believe they exist

The world’s an incredible place, but sometimes I’ll find myself somewhere and actually have to take a second and ask, “Really? This is exists?”<p>This …

National Parks

This Epic California Timelapse Is Pure Sun-Drenched Seduction

From sweeping desert vistas to staggering mountain views, California contains some of the most insanely beautiful sights in America. There are canyons to explore, salt flats to marvel over, and some of the most amazing views of the stars available... and this timelapse captures them perfectly.<p>With …

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …

Cook These Dishes On Sunday, Eat Healthier Throughout The Week

You got this.<p>With the right foods waiting for you in the fridge, eating healthy is a breeze. But what recipes to make? Lucky for you, we have five perfect dishes that'll encourage you to make healthy choices all week.<p>As part of our month-long Eat Well, Feel Great Challenge, we found recipes for you …