Vicki Branscome

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Peak experiences, perfect moments and the extra-ordinary

<b>(CNN) —</b> The closest I've come to a profound religious experience happened at a Zen Buddhist monastery in the mountains. I was a sophomore in college, and my mom invited me to join her for a long weekend group retreat at the Dai Bosatsu Zendo, a collection of Japanese-style buildings surrounded by …

New York State

How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)

A few years ago, I worked at a web design agency as a product manager. The part of the job I loved the most was working on product with our design …

Minimalism

Ten Passages for Pastors to Memorize Cold

You will never regret any extended time given to memorizing God’s word — especially when it’s the passages that come up again and again as …

Why You Should Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets with Drawers

The typical American kitchen (as of this writing) has a row of upper cabinets and another, deeper row of cabinets under the countertop. The lower …

96 Things to Do When You're Bored

Years ago when I was going through a hard time, my therapist recommended that I read Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s <i>Your Erroneous Zones</i>. This book changed my …

What Happened When I Took a Vow of Silence

My heart is racing. An imaginary band tightens around my chest. I want to scream, but my mouth can’t produce sound. I want to run, but my feet feel …

Mindfulness for the Introvert

Being an introvert isn’t a “good thing” or a “bad thing.” It’s a personality type, not a value judgment.<p>Yet introverts are likely to feel out of …

Be Free Now: An interview with Jack Kornfield - Lion's Roar

Jack Kornfield, one of the leading Buddhist teachers of our time, talks to Melvin McLeod about the hopeful message in his new book: we can have joy …

Balancing Act: A Conversation with Jack Kornfield

Balancing Act: A Conversation with Jack Kornfield<p><i>Jack Kornfield, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, author, and one of the most well-known teachers of</i> …

The right meditation can literally reshape your brain

Contemplative exercise can improve your life by refining your mind, so it’s worth trying. But it’s also worth knowing what will work for your particular purposes.<p>An Oct. 4 study in Science Advances (pdf), led by neuroscientist Sofie Valk at the Max Planck Institute for Human and Cognitive Brain …

Mindfulness

Meditation app aims to help veterans tackle anxiety, loneliness

Veterans dealing with stress have a new option for self-care, and they don't need to leave the house to use it.<p>Those dealing with sleep issues, pain, …

Centering Prayer: A Meditation

Richar Rohr - Contemplative Prayer

Are You Highly Sensitive?

Learning to Thrive as a Highly Sensitive Soul<p>Do you often feel overwhelmed by your environment or the people around you? Has anyone ever called you …

Psychology

9 Secrets Only Contractors Know

1<p>Q: What are the most common mistakes people make when choosing a contractor?<p><b>A:</b> Number one: choosing the contractor based solely on price. It may …

Home Improvement

In the Shadow of Type 5: Emptiness

Emptiness (Photo credit: herrnanditovsk)<p><b>5</b>s like to see themselves as perceptive, logical, reasonable, observant, informed, deep, intelligent, …

Would Meditation Make Trump a Better President?

How mindfulness could transform our political discourse, and maybe even the White House. Maybe.<p>It's not your fault if your perception of the world has been a little smudged or tinged with confusion lately. Between the false stories that circulate on social media, the president's habit of asserting …

Donald Trump

When a Buddhist Teacher Crosses the Line - Lion's Roar

The teacher-student relationship in Vajrayana Buddhism is intense and complex. It is easy to misunderstand and can even be misused. The respected …

Spirituality

Making Friends With Fear

It's only right that I begin with a confession. When I first sat down to write this post, I wound up spending a good amount of time staring at the …

The theory of energy chakras: How to balance your root chakra

The word chakra is often misused and misunderstood. Some people think of it as yogic mumbo-jumbo, others think of them as actual wheels inside the …

The 11 best botanical gardens in the United States

Beat the heat in these urban paradises<p>Summer is in full swing, which means there’s no better time to play outdoors. But even diehard city lovers sometimes tire of the incessant urban annoyances in the summer months: the long commutes, the endless pavement, and the oppressive heat.<p>Luckily, nearly …

Where To Eat In Between Dallas and San Antonio

The arrival of summer means one thing: vacation can’t be too far away. For many folks in DFW, it’s a summer tradition to trip to sunny San Antonio, home of the Alamo, the tourist-packed Riverwalk, and tons of family-friendly attractions. The city’s culinary scene has also grown dramatically in …

Texas

Nature hotels: 10 places to get you back in touch with the wild | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Hear the wind whisper through the pines while perched high in a fire tower in the Cheyenne Mountains, sway in a suspended sphere in the Canadian rainforest or relax in a solar-powered yurt in the Alaskan wilderness.<p>Why not skip the predictable four walls of a traditional hotel room and …

Santa Barbara

Values and Visions

At the heart of each person’s style lie certain strengths and capabilities that enable us to survive and thrive. We experience these energizers as</b> …

Values and Proficiencies

Our values and visions give us an intuitive perceptual and behavioral edge. Each of the nine styles possesses an intuitive capacity to see certain …

Enneagram Styles As Personality Paradigms

<i>by Jerome Wagner, Ph.D.</i><p>Enneagram styles operate as nine personality paradigms or world views. These paradigms become the organizing assumptions and …

Consciousness

Enneagram Styles And Maladaptive Schemas: A Research Project

<i>by Jerome Wagner, Ph.D.</i>I find it useful to think of the Enneagram personality styles as nine different paradigms or sets of lenses for looking at the …

A 3-V View of The Enneagram: Values, Visions, and Vulnerabilities

<i>by Jerome Wagner, Ph.D.</i>When I was first introduced to the Enneagram, we got only the bad stuff — the distortions, fixations, compulsions, …