The Silent Mind

By Fabio Angeleri | Meditation, Mindfulness, Yoga and Spirituality

The Problem with Meditation Instructions

BEFORE WE MEDITATE for the first time, we have ideas about what meditation is, what it does, and where it should lead. Then when we get our …

Meditation

Meditation’s Effects May Differ by Type of Practice

A growing body of research suggests meditation can positively impact our health and wellbeing. But are all forms of mindfulness practice equally …

Mindfulness

Floating Away Your Anxiety And Stress

When I mentioned to a friend that my baseline neurosis has evolved from daily stress into anxiety, her response was – "Go for a float!"<p>A float?<p>Yes — spend an hour in a dark, soundproof room floating in a body-temperature warm pool. "The heavy salt concentration does the work for you," my friend …

Anxiety

Right Speech Reconsidered - The Eightfold Path

The Buddha was unequivocal about the importance of how we employ our human capacity for speech and verbal interaction. Right Speech, also called Wise …

Mindfulness

How Mindfulness Meditation Can Save America

There’s a reason some people laugh when I say that mindfulness meditation can save the United States—that it can dampen the political polarization …

Mindfulness

Different Types Of Meditation Change Different Areas Of The Brain, Study Finds

There’s been a lot of discussion about what kinds of mental activities are actually capable of changing the brain. Some promises of bolstered IQ and enhanced brain function via specially-designed “brain games” have fizzled out. Meanwhile, meditation and mindfulness training have accumulated some …

The Brain

Our Kids are More Stressed Than We Realize—Use This Practice to Bring Them Peace

According to a 2010 American Psychological Association’s (APA) Stress in America Survey, almost a third of children studied reported that in the last …

Mindfulness

Mindfulness Is More Than A Buzzword: A Look At The Neuroscience Behind The Movement

The popularity of mindfulness in the western world has skyrocketed in recent years. It’s on the cover of magazines and appears on the evening news. Celebrities swear by it, scientists study it, monks still practice it and business leaders use it to thwart burnout.<p>As mindfulness becomes a buzzword …

Mindfulness

How To Breathe Through Stress By Using What You’ve Learned In Yoga

As a yoga instructor, I often have people approach me and say they could never attend a class because they're not flexible enough. This is one of the …

Meditation

Science Says These 7 Attention Exercises Will Instantly Make You More Focused

In just a few minutes a day you can rebuild your declining attention span.<p>With knowledge workers--software engineers, writers, entrepreneurs, and most people with a 'white-collar' job--currently outnumber all other workers in the US by a factor of 4 to 1, it's clear that the thinkers will inherit …

Productivity

These Simple Words inspired Eckhart Tolle’s Awakening.

These are the words I constantly repeat to myself, whether in meditation, moments where I am stressed or anxious, or simply any time in my daily life …

Mind

'Sleep should be prescribed': what those late nights out could be costing you

Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it<p>Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new …

Sleep

Five Reasons Why Meditation Will Improve Your Career

Meditation has existed as a practice for centuries, the earliest records coming from India. But in recent years it has exploded onto the world stage as a way to improve our wellbeing in an increasingly-demanding world.<p>Whether you’d rather plug into an app on your way to work, or spend your early …

Meditation

How 5 Minutes Can Change Everything

Our minds create success. If you don’t believe that, you might be losing the game of life or at the very least feeling like the odds are against you. …

How Alternate-Nostril Breathing Works

For the anxiety of letting the world down, a grounding technique<p>When I came to the part in Hillary Clinton’s new book where she describes how she treated her anxiety with a practice called alternate-nostril breathing, I thought, that sounds impossible. I tried breathing through only one nostril at …

Yoga

How To Practice Mindfulness At Work

Would you try something new at work if it meant lower stress levels and a better corporate culture? (Yes, please!)<p>Mindfulness has been shown to offer these benefits, which is why more and more companies are starting to notice. Aetna opened a Mindfulness Center, while Google and Nike offer …

Mindfulness

Hillary Clinton used 'alternate nostril breathing' after election loss. You should, too.

Hillary Clinton revealed this week that she turned to an esoteric breathing technique popular among yogis to heal from her devastating election loss.<p>She has spoken in the past about using meditation and yoga for calm and balance. During an interview Wednesday with CNN's Anderson Cooper to promote …

Meditation

Skillful Shelter

The values of human society, for the most part, fly right in the face of a meditative life. Either they make fun of the idea of a true, unchanging …

Without Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness Doesn’t Work

Mindfulness has become the corporate fad <i>du jour</i>, a practice widely touted as a fast-track to better leadership. But we suspect that not all the benefits laid at its feet actually belong there. Our research and analysis has revealed a complicated relationship between mindfulness and executive …

Emotional Intelligence

25 Minutes of Daily Yoga Helps You Achieve Your Goals, According to Science

Wellness cops a lot of flack, but yoga and meditation are two practices that hold up under scientific scrutiny. A multitude of studies have proven …

The Most Important Thing About Meditation - Signature Reads

Daniel Goleman is the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of the groundbreaking book <i>Emotional Intelligence.</i> A psychologist and science journalist, he reported on brain and behavioral research for <i>The New York Times</i> for many years, and has received several awards for his writing. He is the author of …

Here’s What Happened When I Gave Up Negative Self-Talk For A Month

I was far from perfect, but it was totally worth it.<p><i>In our monthly series,</i> <b>GIVING UP</b><i>,</i> <i>newsroom staffers deprive themselves of a habit and track how it went. In August,</i> Social Media Editor Sarah Bourassa, 30<i>, gave up negative self-talk.</i><p><i>Tori Press’s illustrations on her Instagram account, revelatori,</i> …

Introverts

Can 10 Minutes of Meditation Make You More Creative?

In more and more occupations, creativity is part of the job description. Whether you are trying to reconcile conflicting stakeholder priorities, finding a solution to a customer’s issue, or launching a new product line, your solution probably won’t come out of a textbook. But it’s hard to keep …

Mindfulness

8 Ways Being Mindful Can Reduce Anxiety

Mindful thinking is a savior; it helps you realize that no scenario or circumstance is hard to overcome if you truly are in control of your own mind …

Self-improvement

The science behind meditation — and why multitasking is a ‘myth’

So you fell asleep easily enough, but now it’s 3 a.m. Your mind is spinning, and rest is elusive. You’re reliving every foolish or embarrassing thing you did in the past 24 — or 48 or 72 — hours, and that is a lot of material to run through. And you simply can’t stop.<p>Except maybe you could, if only …

Meditation

The Buddha's Path to Happiness: An Introduction

The Buddha taught that happiness is one of the Seven Factors of Enlightenment. But what is happiness? Dictionaries say happiness is a range of …

The Only Beginner's Guide to Meditation You'll Ever Need

This all-inclusive guide has something for everyone.<p>Meditation is one of those things that you know you need to be doing, like dieting, exercising, …

The 3 Breathing Techniques That'll Take Your Yoga Practice to New Heights

If you’re looking to energize your body and relax your mind all at the same time, it’s important to make sure that pranyama, or intentional …

How Mindfulness Beats Job Stress and Burnout

Work-related stress and job burnout are among the leading causes of poor physical and mental health, with many workers suffering from anxiety, …

Mindfulness