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4 Ways to Practice Loving-Kindness in Your Daily Life

Daily life presents us with countless challenges. From stressful work days to challenges with loved ones, unexpected curveballs, and the inevitable …

Thich Nhat Hanh on Healing the Child Within

The cry we hear from deep in our hearts, says Thich Nhat Hanh, comes from the wounded child within. Healing this inner child’s pain is key.The post …

Sleepless Buddha

Read this in the Pema Chödrön’s book Taking the Leap.<p>A Native American grandfather was speaking to his grandson about violence and cruelty in the …

Why Americans see Buddhism as a philosophy rather than a religion

In East Asia, Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s death and entrance into final enlightenment in February. But at my local Zen temple in North Carolina, the Buddha’s enlightenment is commemorated during the holiday season of December, with a short talk for the children, a candlelight service, and a …

Meditation

Did the Buddha Really Have a Wife and Son?

Most Buddhists are familiar with the Buddha’s family. There’s his wife, Yasodhara, and his son, Rahula, both of whom he leaves behind to pursue …

Buddha Board

Many find painting to be relaxing. The Buddha Board is made for that, but it's more than just a glorified easel. It lets you create soft, …

11 Natural Cures For Insomnia That Actually Work

For as long as I can remember, I've been at war with sleep. I've always struggled with getting my mind to shut down after a long day, and even if I'm …

John Lennon beyond the Maharishi

I don't believe in magic, I don't believe in I-Ching,I don't believe in Bible, I don't believe in tarot, I don't believe in Hitler, I don't believe …

George Harrison

15 Profound Tweets By Dalai Lama On Love, Happiness Compassion To Start Your Day With

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the most important monk of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. The spiritual leader has traveled across the …

Mindfulness

6 Ways to Shift a Negative Mindset

Happiness has always been, and will always be, an inside job.<p>"Seeking happiness outside ourselves is like waiting for sunshine in a cave facing north." This Tibetan saying is wisdom of the ages, essentially affirming that true happiness must come from within. And in order to find that sense of …

Mindfulness

Why Does Compassion Feel So Good? Here Are Five Reasons

At the lowest points in our lives, the presence and care of just one supportive person can be transformative. Our pain or loss may be just as real, …

Four Ways To Train Your Brain To Empower Your Life

I remember going to my first nine-day silent meditation retreat eight years ago when I was living in Perth, Australia. I was nervous beforehand because I couldn’t imagine being silent for that long. I worried about “imagined” tragedies and events that I would miss out on and wondered if the world …

Positive Thinking

Benefits of Walking Meditation - 6 Easy Outdoor Meditative Practices to Try

<b>When Winfields Outdoors told me about their new “Walk & Talk” campaign that aims to spread awareness of the mental health benefits of spending time</b> …

Is death still frightening if you believe the self is an illusion? An astonishing study of Tibetan Buddhists

<i>By</i> Christian JarrettImagining ourselves as no longer existing is, for most of us, terrifying. Buddhism may offer some reassurance. A central tenet of …

Keep these apps handy for dose of daily calm or a lifetime of mindfulness

Among the many apps on your smartphones, whether it is food spots around town or dating sites, ever tinkered with the idea of downloading a …

Tilopa's Six Nails

Developing a <b>meditation practice</b> can seem daunting, especially at the beginning, when we’re unsure about what having a meditation practice even means. …

6 Ways To Get Your Brain in Creativity Mode, From A Neuroscientist

Creativity is Neuroscience: 6 Ways to Get Your Brain in Create Mode<p>February 7, 2018<p>What does neuroscience have to do with creativity? Plenty, if you …

Meditation's Secret Ingredient

Concentration is the secret ingredient of meditation, the backbone of the entire endeavor. It is the simplest, most elementary, most concrete, most …

My Word For 2018 is KINDNESS

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” -Albert …

Santa Cruz

Streaming David Attenborough on Netflix is the new mindfulness

And nature shows are just as good as meditation, say scientists.<p><b>Netflix and (actually) chill</b><p>Committing to a period of meditation has no greater …

Does meditation really make us better people?

According to popular belief, the ancient practice of meditation makes us all happier, shinier, more compassionate human beings. Most of those things …

Meditation Makes You Better at Everything—Including Work

Mindfulness, the practice of training the mind to focus and be present in the moment, is becoming a major force for positive change in our lives at …

How to ease anxiety with the '54321' mindfulness trick

When anxiety threatens our peace of mind, it can be difficult to stay in the moment.<p>But one mindfulness tool used by multiple psychologists has the …

How to Dictate Your Purpose in Life

The secret of living a happy life is to live a purposeful life.Download PDFPDF: How to Dictate Your Purpose in LifeWhat is ‘purpose’?You are a tool …

The Science of Happiness in Life's Everyday Joys

<b>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this segment</b><p>For the month of February, The Takeaway is partnering with PRI's podcast, "The Science of Happiness." Each week, our show will take a look at how the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley is developing research-based exercises that promote …

Why Grateful People Always Succeed

To begin I’d like to preface with the idea that gratitude is a choice, not a result. I hear all the time that it is so easy to be grateful when you’ve made it to the top. It is easy to be grateful when your career, mission, relationships and finances are all going exceptionally well. Yes, that <i>is</i> …

Happiness

4 sneaky ways you’re sabotaging your own happiness

Who among us hasn’t spent time thinking: <i>I’ll finally be happy when I…meet my soulmate…make that career switch…hit that fitness goal…</i>and on and on? …

This mineral deficiency might be stopping you from sleeping

Whether it's a deficiency in iron, vitamin D, or calcium, there always seems to be something our bodies are lacking when it comes to functioning like the well-oiled machine it needs to be.<p>Unfortunately, a deficiency in one of the essential vitamins or minerals our bodies crave can throw a whole …

15 things you should be doing after work instead of watching TV if you want to be happier

For the longest time, I would come home from work and immediately pop on the TV. It was mindless — after a day of meetings, intensive heads-down work, and never-ending email chains, the only thing I thought I wanted to do was watch five episodes of some sitcom I'd seen hundreds of times before.<p>But …