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10 Great Books for a Writer's Wish List

<i>Photo by Claire Burge. Used with permission.</i><p>Whether you're a teacher, an author, a budding writer, or someone who writes in secret for personal reasons, you've got writing wishes.<p>Here are 10 great books for your wish list, to stir your writing dreams or help make them a reality. (Bonus: includes …

Bollywood's Window Onto India

More than 20 years ago I traveled across India for a book on the fresh energies unleashed in small towns by economic liberalization and Hindu …

How Blaming Others Makes Stress Worse: Own Up -- And Stress Less

<i>By Jan Bruce</i><p>When problems overwhelm you, it's temptingly easy to nail someone else with the blame. It makes Jean-Paul Sartre seem right on when he famously said, "Hell is other people." If only those people would get it together, you'd be happy as the happiest clam.<p>Not true. Stress isn't other …

Self-help

The Simple Truth to Meditation

New students often ask how long they should sit or how often they should practice. I always give the same answer. Sitting for 20 minutes is a wonderful practice for those living in a quiet peaceful world. But if you really want to benefit from meditation, you need to take it off the pillow and …

No Time? No Problem -- Try Meditation on the Go

Daily stresses, as trivial as being stuck in traffic, were getting the best of me. Some days felt like a series of negative emotions: impatience, irritability, and anxiety. Living like this was exhausting and affecting my loved ones. I knew that I would benefit from meditation, but I couldn't …

The 10 Best meditation apps

<b>1. Buddhify</b><p>This nicely-designed UK-created app is aimed at busy urbanites. You tell it whether you’re at the gym, walking, commuting or home. You can …

Overcoming the Biggest Pitfall of Mindfulness

Are you feeling stuck in your practice? Did meditation lead to big positive life changes early on, but now years later you're just sort of treading water with no sense of making progress? Mindfulness meditation is an extremely helpful and useful practice, but that doesn't mean that it's perfect, or …

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Comics! Cowboys! Playing cards! Decoding the SS18 shows<p>There’s 1 strand that ties all SS18’s fashion jewellery together: it’s not for the …

Four Tips To Help Your Meditation Practice Become Daily

Here are four very simple tips for turning your dabbling, on and off, casual, swinging, it-loves-me-it-loves-me-not relationship with meditation into …

Mindfulness: 5 Practical Methods for Your Daily Life

Mindfulness implies balance, focus and living in the moment. We often associate mindfulness with meditation and dedicated practice. It is even better if it can become a habit and a continuos process.<p>I have found the most challenging part of mindfulness trying to carry over the benefits of practice …

The Power of Breath in Meditation and Fitness

I was nine years old when my father, Deepak Chopra, taught me to meditate. Meditation has become an invaluable tool in my life to help me stay calm, …

Meditation

The Science of Memory (and 4 Uncommon Ways to Enhance It)

<i>This post originally appeared on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I have a pretty bad memory, it seems. I know people say that all the time, but here’s why I think it actually applies to me:<p>In pretty much all of my childhood memories, I’m around 10 years old, as if nothing ever happened before that.<br>• My poor …

Exercise the Mind and the Body Will Follow

If you find it hard to stick to your workout routine, or wish you enjoyed it more, it's likely that your mind is a little... out of shape.<p>Sounds …

Teaching Our Kids the Value of Silence

© eleonora_os – Fotolia.com<p>The word “stress” appears approximately 72 times in the special report <i>The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back</i> …

Weekender:Science Proves Our Subconscious Beliefs Affect Our Health and Life Outcomes

Over the past few decades, the world has been overwhelmed by a so-called "new-age" movement that has focused on greater personal and spiritual …

10 Surprising Facts About How Our Brain Works

One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our brains work and how they actually do.<p>On many occasions I find myself …

How Breathing, Yoga and Positive Thinking Can Increase Intelligence

First let's define what it means to be smart.<p>There currently isn't a universal way to measure intelligence. Some people use the standard benchmarks, …

Taming the Mind

<b>Dan Harris</b> is a co-anchor of <i>Nightline</i> and the weekend edition of <i>Good Morning America</i> on ABC News. He has reported from all over the world, covering …

Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate

Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances.<p>For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional. …

Live by Your Values and Everything Else Will Fall into Place

<b>“Until you make peace with who you are, you will never be content with what you have.” ~Doris Mortman</b><p>As I sit here writing this, I am still in the …

Positive Thinking

15 Years of Cutting-Edge Thinking on Understanding the Mind

<i>Bringing Jonathan Haidt, Martin Seligman, Alison Gopnik, Steven Pinker, Philip Zimbardo, and others together between two covers</i><p>For the past 15 years, literary-agent-turned-crusader-of-human-progress John Brockman has been a remarkable curator of curiosity, long before either "curator" or …

How + Why Meditation Works

Meditation is one of the most crucial aspects to cultivate more peace and happiness in life. It is literally the first thing I recommend to all my …

Top 10 Simple Tips that can Help you Improve your Memory | Alternative

<b>Story Views</b><p>Every day human mind comes across numerous different concepts and facts. It is not possible to grasp them all. Everyone occasionally …

Australia's wildest road trip

Stretching across Australia’s northwest corner, the road from Darwin to Broome runs through one of the world’s last great wildernesses. This is a land where there are areas larger than Ireland without a single town, where farmers lose dozens of cattle a year to crocodiles, and whole communities are …

Australia

On the trail of Mexico's best-kept secrets

Forget the seaside margaritas and hire yourself a set of wheels to explore this huge, varied but eminently driveable country, and discover some of its best-kept secrets.<p>1. Copper Canyon<p>Formed by the confluence of six rivers, Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon) is so vast it could swallow the Grand …

Mexico

Exploring Scotland by road

Scotland offers a heady mix of rugged scenic beauty and historical delights. Whether you're up for urbane city pastimes, outdoor activities or sampling the fresh local food and drink, two weeks is ample time to hit the highlights - depending on your mode of transport. There are good bus and train …

Scotland

Five ways to eat well (and cheap) on the road

The cry of 'Are we there yet?' often really means 'When can we eat?' There's something about the joys of a road trip – hopping in and out of the car for new experiences, witnessing amazing scenery, and, yes, getting a chance to try lots of new foods – that fuels hunger. But all too often you can be …

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Ireland’s best trips: Ancient Ireland

Ireland is a road-tripper's dream, with scenery and history in every direction. To turn your car into an instant time machine, all you have to do is hit the road and wind your way through middle Ireland’s collection of ancient tombs, Celtic sites and monastic cities, covering 3000 years in just …

Ireland

The scenic route: Ireland's most picturesque drives

The Emerald Isle is renowned for its spellbinding scenery. And while state-of-the-art main roads and motorways now link its cities and towns, there are some spectacular alternatives. Turn off the main thoroughfares to discover Ireland’s most scenic stretches of asphalt with these five picturesque …

Ireland