Aya Minster

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14 Things To Know Before You Start Meditating

New to meditating? It can be confusing. Not new to meditating? It can still be confusing.<p>The practice of meditation is said to have been around for thousands of years -- and yet, in the last few, especially in America, it seems that everyone knows at least one person who has taken on the ancient …

The Artist’s Reality: Mark Rothko’s Little-Known Writings on Art, Artists, and What the Notion of Plasticity Reveals about Storytelling

“While the authority of the doctor or plumber is never questioned, everyone deems himself a good judge and an adequate arbiter of what a work of art should be and how it should be done.”<p><i>“Artists have no choice but to express their lives,”</i> Anne Truitt wrote in her endlessly insightful diary. If it’s …

The Four Types of Sleep Schedules

A new study suggests that some people are neither "owls" nor "larks"<p>Erwin Schrödinger, the Nobel-prize-winning Austrian physicist, was able to make major contributions to the fields of quantum mechanics, general relativity, and color theory during his lifetime. There was only one caveat: He was not …

How I Finally Made My Wife Understand What It's Like to Be Depressed

Mel and I were in our bedroom chatting about my anxiety and depression problems. It was evening, and our three kids were in bed.<p>The doctor recently increased my depression medication and it had been making me distant.<p>"Does this mean you're getting worse?" she asked. She was changing into her …

Why We Need Celebrity Scandals

Harlow, Gable, Bogie and Bacall, Judy Garland, James Dean, and what our fascination with stars—especially stars who misbehave—tells us about …

14 Things You Didn't Know About Your Brain

Have you ever stopped to think about the way your brain works when you’re, well, not thinking about it? It’s a hard concept to wrap your head around, but we thought we’d do a little exploring to find out what’s going on inside these noggins of ours.<p>We’ve partnered with Cleveland Clinic to bring you …

What Does Republican Control of the Senate Really Mean for Obama?

While some remnant runoffs and wrinkles related to Tuesday’s election still need to be sorted out, one thing was already crystal clear on Wednesday morning: Republicans will control the Senate—and, thus, both houses of United States legislature—for the final two years of <b>Barack Obama’s</b> …

Write to Transcend Space and Time

Reading Lolita in Tehran author Azar Nafisi says the best books are "republics of imagination" erasing national and historic boundaries.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Claire Messud, Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan,</b> …

Bizarre, Disappearing 'Matter Waves' Are the Ghosts of Physics

Rice University researchers observe matter that blinks out of existence to avoid collisions.<p>Ghosts are real. This is the case, at least, in a Rice University laboratory, where physicist Randy Hulet and a team of researchers have demonstrated a bizarre, paradoxical phenomenon in which matter is able …