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#startdrawing: Amsterdam museum says put down cameras pick up sketchpads

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is encouraging people to put down their cameras and pick up a sketchpad as part of their #startdrawing campaign.<p>The project invites people to the museum to learn more about the art featured there through sketching.<p>The museum notes on its website that in the world of …

The man who invented relaxation

<b>People suffering from stress can tackle it in various ways - from counselling sessions to yoga classes or listening to mindfulness CDs. But it's only recently that sleeping and doing very little - the ways human beings have always rested - have come to be seen as an insufficient response to life's</b> …

Meditation

Could soda break your heart?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Guys, listen up: There's another reason to limit your intake of sugary or artificially sweetened sodas: It might contribute to heart failure. Researchers followed the food habits of 42,000 Swedish men over 12 years and found that men who drank at least two sweetened beverages a day had a …

Diabetes

Australia Instagram star Essena O'Neill quits 'unhealthy' social media

<b>A teenage Instagram star has made an emotional statement about the dark side of social media, editing the captions of her own pictures saying they were artificial and self-promoting.</b><p>With more than 500,000 followers on Instagram, Australian Essena O'Neill, 18, earned an income from social media.<p>She …

Social Media

Daylight Saving Time: Keep it year round

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Sunday, November 1, it will again be the end of Daylight Saving Time. Many of us will be muttering to ourselves as we wander around resetting all of our various clocks -- on the thermostat, clock radio and stove, among other places.<p>Sure, you'll get an extra hour of sleep by turning back …

Daylight Savings Time

'Shell-shocked' CNBC staffers had long flight home

For the CNBC employees who boarded a charter plane right after Wednesday's bruising GOP debate, the redeye flight was physically smooth but emotionally turbulent.<p>People were exhausted, but also rattled and worried.<p>"We were shell-shocked," one source said.<p>The poor reviews were piling up — declaring …

CNN

Robots that build 'baby robots'

Researchers at Cambridge University have developed a robot that can build "baby" robots that get progressively better at moving - without any human intervention. The ultimate aim is to develop robots that can evolve and adapt to their surroundings.<p>The development is part of an initiative to develop …

Robotics

Space anomaly gets extraterrestrial intelligence experts' attention

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute has its eyes -- and soon possibly one of the United States' premier telescopes -- focused on an anomaly that some astronomers can't quite explain.<p>Users on the online astronomy crowdsourcing interface Planet Hunters discovered a peculiar …

Universe

3 Mind-Blowing Truths About Creativity

Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert will make you reconsider what you thought you knew about creativity.<p>There is no shortage of people out there offering creativity advice. Whether you're willing to invest a Google search or a hefty portion of your training budget, entrepreneurs who want help …

This concept from Zen Buddhism will help you let go of beliefs that are holding you back

A buddhist statue. Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri<p>I played baseball for 17 years of my life. During that time, I had many different coaches and I began to notice repeating patterns among them. <br>Coaches tend to come up through a certain system. New coaches will often land their first job as an assistant …

Self-improvement

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.<p>UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.<p>Here's what you and …

Self-improvement

The Lakefront Strikes Back: See the Latest Renderings for the Lucas Museum

George Lucas and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have decided that it's finally time to allow the public to see the latest look for the <b>Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts</b>. The updated plans have been floating around for the last several weeks, with only civic leaders, city officials and a federal judge having had a …

Jeb Bush and the Republican Party's bizarre 9/11 blind spot

Donald Trump is more of a reality show contestant engaged in the simulacrum of a presidential candidacy than an actual candidate for president. But …

Buddhist groups around Chicago offer another path to sobriety

At first glance, the basement gathering in downtown Woodstock seemed just like one of the 12-step meetings that take place thousands of times a day across America. Ten people dealing with alcoholism, drug addiction and other issues sat on stackable chairs and talked about how they were trying to …

21 Quotes By Zen Master Taisen Deshimaru

Taisen Deshimaru was one of the first Zen masters of the West. He established a retreat/monastery in France after deciding that French philosophy has …

Meditation

What The Universe Is Really Trying To Tell You

This weekend, I lost a very young beloved friend, way too early. And the spiritual retreat center where I have sought solace, wisdom, healing, and …

Spirituality

Who, What, Why: What is skunk water?

<b>Police departments in the United States are reported to have bought a foul-smelling liquid developed in Israel to repel protesters. What is "skunk" and how is it used, asks Yolande Knell.</b><p>It is a truly putrid stench. Palestinians who have been sprayed describe it as "worse than raw sewage" and "like …

Israel

7 worst apps that violate your privacy

When you're browsing through the millions of apps available from the Apple and Android app stores, you'll notice that close to 98 percent of them are free to download. That's great if you're looking to fill up your gadget, but many free apps, and some paid ones, do come with a hidden price — your …

Angry Birds

4 Mind Tricks You Can Use to Improve Your Focus

The game of tennis is a mental gauntlet, and performance psychologists have made a science out of converting anger into positive mental focus. In …

‘Mindfulness’ Messes With Your Memory

If Oprah practices mindfulness, it must be a good thing—right? But new science disagrees.<p>Mindfulness—that buzzword that means, “focusing on emotions …

Mindfulness

This Is What Will Happen To You When You Do Meditation

The practice of sitting by yourself in total silence, legs crossed, eyes shut, palms facing upward, reflecting and being fully aware and in sync with …

Forget Brain Workouts—Chanting Mantras Takes Half the Time and Is More Effective

I read some disquieting news recently. Apparently, science isn’t sure that brain workouts work. This bothers me because it means that I will have to …

Meditation

The new trailer for Banksy's Dismaland is really creepy

A disembodied voice promises that the dystopian theme park is "a place where all your dreams come true"<p>Anarchic artist Banksy has opened a dystopian theme park in a disused lido in Weston-super-Mare, modeled on Disney, with the centrepiece being a ravaged fairytale-style castle.<p>Its attractions …

Streetwear

How Mindfulness Makes Wine Taste Better and So Much More

A medium-bodied red blend with aromas of violets and macerated plums; the flavor profile offers blackberry jam and hints of dark chocolate. An elegant description that beautifully encapsulates three of the five major senses and describes the glass of wine I recently enjoyed. Certainly some may view …

A Rainbow Sculpture That Symbolized LGBT Rights in Poland Has Been Dismantled

A rainbow sculpture in Warsaw that served as a national symbol for the struggles of Poland’s LGBT community has been taken down, and it will not …

Meditation at work? Think deeply about it

At first, work and meditation were separate activities for Golbie Kamarei. These days, she is a poster girl for combining them, after the meditation classes she started at BlackRock, the powerful New York-based investment firm where she worked, grew to 1,500 participants. She recently decided to …

A & D

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