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The Noble Eightfold Path: Meaning and Practice

Within the fourth noble truth is found the guide to the end of suffering: the noble eightfold path. The eight parts of the path to liberation are …

Meditation

How to deal with difficult emotions that arise during meditation

Most of the time, meditation is pretty uneventful. You sit down (in a comfortable position with a straight spine), focus on your breathing, and leave …

A Better Way To Deal With The Negative Thoughts In Our Heads

If you’re familiar with contemporary definitions of mindfulness, you’ve probably heard something along the lines of not getting too attached to our thoughts, but letting them arise and subside of their own accord, like clouds. Our job is just to witness them, non-judgmentally, and let them fade …

Entrepreneurship

How yoga and meditation can make you more intuitive

Call it gut instinct or a hunch, but all of us are born with a sense of intuition. It can save your life or steer you away from a destructive …

How a Consistent and Stable Meditation Practice Leads to Altered Traits

Historically, meditation was not meant to improve our health, relax us, or enhance work success. Although these are the kinds of appeal that has made …

The Best Workout If You Want to Improve Your Mental Health

Hitting the gym is pretty much always good for your body, no matter how you do it. But a new study found that working out in groups (taking classes, …

Why It's Time to Replace "Letting Go" with "Letting Be"—& How to Start

When I was growing up, my father was not an easy person to be around. He was the guy who’d drive 100 miles per hour on Main Street, cutting people …

7 Ways To Pull Your Wandering Mind Back Into The Present Moment

Humans spend about half of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re actually doing in the present. A now-famous Harvard study illuminated this reality, using an iPhone app that pinged participants at random times throughout the day and asked them what they were thinking …

Resilience Is A Mindset Of Awareness And Practice

History is filled with stories of tragedy, upheaval and immense challenges. In Viktor E. Frankel’s book, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” he recounts his experience in a Nazi concentration camp and how he managed to wake up each consecutive day in the face of unending cruelty and deprivation. …

Mindfulness

Healing Meditation: Guided Meditation for Body Healing

“Your body possesses the innate capacity to heal itself. Science has proven, beyond doubt, that the contents of our thoughts and emotions directly …

When meditation slips into mind chatter

Staying focused is not easy for most of us, but these practical aids to prayer can help.<p><b>Katrina,</b><p><b>My particular struggle with prayer is staying</b> …

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 …

The Beginner’s Guide to Letting Go and Becoming Enlightened Through Non-Attachment

Attachment is the origin, the root of suffering; hence it is the cause of suffering.<p>– The Dalai Lama<p>You’ve probably seen or read something like it …

How Breathing Calms Your Brain, And Other Science-Based Benefits Of Controlled Breathing

The science of breathing stands on quite ancient foundations. Centuries of wisdom instructs us to pay closer attention to our breathing, the most basic of things we do each day. And yet, maybe because breathing is so basic, it’s also easy to ignore. A brief review of the latest science on breathing …

Immune System

Experts Describe Just Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Works

If you are looking for answers and decide to seek therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy is a direction many people are now going because it is a blend of two psychotherapies: cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy.<p>"CBT is a short-term, structured form of psychotherapy that focuses on the person's …

Mental Disorders

These 5 Brain Hacks Will Help You Become More Grateful

Developing a gratitude mindset requires more than attitude. Here are 5 ways to make it a reflex.<p>As I wrote my book, "Top of Mind," I spent time studying how brains learn new habits. Specifically, I wanted to explore the science behind training your brain to practice new habits naturally and …

6 Ways to Get the Most From Meditation

Follow this advice and you'll always stay in the moment.<p>As someone who has performed stand-up comedy in front of 1,000 people and scaled a 20,000- foot mountain, I can tell you the only "must" that is critical to success in each is mindfulness.<p>Unless you stay "in the room" and react to every verbal …

I Failed at Meditating Twice, But Learned These 7 Things in the Process

If thinking about your to-do list gives you heart palpitations, perhaps you need to change.<p>I tried meditating, and failed. I wasn't consistent, my schedule was hectic and I oftentimes hit snooze one (or two) many times. I didn't leave enough time to adhere to my meditation schedule that I planned …

Dalai Lama launches free iPhone app

<b>The Dalai Lama has launched a mobile app for followers to stay up to date with his travels and teachings.</b><p>The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, 82, already has a Twitter account with more than 16 million followers.<p>His free app, currently only available on iPhone, will hold news, videos, photos and …

The Breathing Techniques for Anxiety That Drew Barrymore and Rachel McAdams Use

In this fast-paced world, anxiety can strike at any moment—even when nothing is causing us direct stress. It’s important to remember that you’re not …

Mindfulness

Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain<p>Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice …

Five Essential Things Anyone Should Understand Before Learning or Teaching Mindfulness

This is a guest post by Sean Fargo of <i>Mindfulness Exercises</i><p>By now, most people know that mindfulness enhances mental health. Mindfulness research …

Mindfulness

What the Heck Is Mindful Eating and Why Should I Bother?

I'm not going to lie. When I first heard about mindful eating, my eye roll was big enough to burn a few hundred calories. After all, the last thing I …

The Meaning of Buddhism

Fundamental principles of the Theravada doctrine

Spirituality

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others and Make an Impact

You're reading How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others and Make an Impact, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If …

Hormone spike in women with PTSD

<b>EMORY (US) —</b> Women who experience significant shock release high blood levels of a hormone linked to post traumatic stress disorder. The same is not …

Pain of bullying goes beyond childhood

<b>DUKE (US) / U. WARWICK (UK) —</b> Children who are exposed to bullying have an increased risk of developing anxiety disorders, depression, and suicidal …

Dream sleep soothes painful memories

<b>UC BERKELEY (US) —</b> During the dream phase of sleep, the body’s stress chemistry shuts down, taking the edge off difficult memories. The finding may …

Obesity may be a side effect of PTSD in women, study finds

Could PTSD be partly responsible for the nation's obesity crisis?<p>It's an intriguing question, considering that one out of every nine women will meet the diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder at some point in their lives. People with PTSD are known to eat and drink things that aren't …

Ghrelin, Appetite Hormone, Could Increase Susceptibility To PTSD

A hormone known to affect appetite may also play a role in making the brain vulnerable to stress, according to a new study in rats.<p>The findings suggest ghrelin could actually predispose people to post-traumatic stress disorder, said researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and …