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'Haunted Technology': An Interview with Erik Davis, Scholar of the Weird

We talked about conspiracy theories, confronting the void, and modern-day magic.<p><i>Illustration of Erik Davis by Craig "Questions" Scott</i><p>Erik Davis is an author, scholar and connoisseur of the weird. He's spent over 20 years exploring fringe movements, occult covens, and liminal cyberspaces, finding …

Achieve Instant Zen With These 3 Strategies

As a wellness and meditation guide, I get swamped around the holidays with clients who feel great all year but lose their peaceful mind during the …

Daily Meditation: Prayers That Change The World

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today's meditation features a commentary on prayer by the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, originally …

20 Millennials Define What Happiness Means To Them

By Erica Gossett,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1GxabjW<p><i>The dictionary defines happiness as a state of well-being and contentment.</i><p>Happiness is …

How to deal with highly negative people

It’s easier said than done. Here are a few simple strategies for dealing with that special misanthrope in your life<p>Raj Raghunathan<p>January 4, 2015 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>What is the single biggest determinant of your happiness?<p>The answer to this question, as you …

A Hanukkah 'Raga': An Ecological Reflection

One of the first teachings that drew me to Hindustani (North Indian) classical music was that of the raga. Each raga - literally color or melody - is associated with a unique time of day. On the tree of Indian classical music, each raga is a different branch; in the cycle of a day or a year, each …

10 Daily Habits of the Happiest People You Know

Want more emotional sunshine in your world? Try these simple tips.<p>You probably know someone who's eternally positive and makes you feel good just by emanating his or her perpetual sunshine. How do you become this kind of magnetic individual? Do what happy people do.<p>1. Refuse to make …

20 Awesome Chants That Will Radically Improve Your Life

Chanting is a spiritual discipline believed to improve listening skills, heightened energy and more sensitivity toward others.<p>Chanting is a spiritual discipline believed to improve listening skills, heightened energy and more sensitivity toward others. The practice gained popularity when an album …

Hinduism

Keeping Your Shine: Understanding & Managing Misconceptions & Judgments

<b>There is a charge</b><p><b>For the eyeing of my scars, there is a charge</b><p><b>For the hearing of my heart–</b><p><b>It really goes.</b><p><b>And there is a charge, a very large</b> …

How to Develop the Four Primary Skills of All Meditation

Paul Cavel, <i>Contributor</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>Emancipation or freedom from slavery and bondage is ultimately what the human spirit craves. From the perspective …

New Research Proves That Not Only Does Meditation Calm You Down, It Actually Alters Your Brain

Many people swear by meditation and mindfulness exercises as a way to increase happiness and peacefulness, but now Harvard researchers have …

Why God Makes More Sense than Atheism

After two centuries of the tug-of-war between science and religion, it's clear science occupies the dominant position. It has passed the "So what?" test, meaning that science as applied to practical daily life has been immensely more important to modern people than God. This has given atheism, both …

Cammi Upton’s Gory Hand Embroidered Bracelet

Extraordinary embroiderer Cammi Upton turns thread into a gloriously gory adornment with this hand embroidered bracelet, which she cleverly documented as a stop-motion animation!<p>Not to mention this unbelievable portrait of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that she recently made!

50+ Holiday Projects Using Dollar Store Supplies

We have a tradition in our family that after the turkey dinner is over and done, and the guys get together to watch the game, the ladies craft. …

Crafting

Learn Embroidery With Helpful Stitch Instructions

01 of 32<p>The Back Stitch is a basic embroidery and sewing stitch used to produce a thin line of stitching, to outline shapes that will be filled with …

Sewing

a tiny garden with tiny flowers

Crochet Loop Stitch Tutorial ⋆ Rescued Paw Designs Crochet

I love the loop stitch in crochet and love the texture it gives to projects. Here is a quick tutorial to help you get the hang of how to do the loop …

Kundalini - The Energy of Consciousness

Wes Annac, <i>Contributor</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>Here, I’d like to take a look at <i>kundalini,</i> which is essentially an evolutionary/energetic ‘boost’ we can gain with …

Get Up Close And Personal With This Impossibly Intricate Buddhist Sand Mandala

In Buddhist tradition, a mandala is a sacred image that graphically represents the universe and is intended for use during meditation. Typically circular in shape, a mandala has a central point -- called a "seed" or "drop" -- toward which all energies are thought to converge.<p>Buddhist monks …

7 Keys To Awakening The Soul

The soul is involved in a process of alchemy, to allow us to see ourselves as expanded beings with limitless power. In the mind, we plant seeds for …

Spirituality

Zen and the Art of Cubicle Living

I worked out of what might be the best-designed office space in America. Here's what it taught me about productivity, concentration, and happiness at work.<p>One day recently I worked out of, quite possibly, the best office I have ever been in. Granted, this is not a high bar for a cubicle drone like …

Life lessons from a Buddhist monk and a fish

I linger on my friend Pravin’s porch in Baltimore. I adjust the modest hemline on my white shift dress and comb my fingers through my hair. Then …

Living Rooms

10 Tips From a Buddhist Monk on Living a Fulfilled Life

Is there any doubt that people are searching for happiness in the wrong places?<p>Reaching a fulfilled lifestyle is much more than just a beautiful home …

You Were Born Under These Stars: How to embroider a star map for your baby

This tutorial will help you make a sweet project that looks great and sparks many memories for Mummies and Daddies of the day they became a family or …