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The science behind meditation, and why it makes you feel better

Meditation yields a surprising number of health benefits, including stress reduction, improved attention, better memory, and even increased …

Daily Meditation: Deep Sleep

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today's meditation features a prayer by 19th century Baptist minister and theologian Walter …

Meditation

7 Things I Learned From a 10-day Meditation Retreat

Last month I did a Vipassana meditation retreat. The pitch is fairly simple: No talking, no writing, no reading for 10 days, meditating 10 hours a day. Here's what I learned during this retreat!<p><b>1. Context is key</b><p>One of the things that struck me most is mastery of the context. Vipassana is a 2500 …

Meditation

Want Real Fulfillment and Happiness? 5 Ways to Simplify Your Life

The research is in: Simplicity is the fast track to happiness, health, productivity and success<p>The research is in: Simplicity is the fast track to happiness, health, productivity, and success. How so?<p>The lessons of meditation.<p>Meditation is training in <i>simplicity</i>, reducing distractions, first by …

Handling Criticism: 5 Things to Remember Before Taking it Personally

<i>Co-authored by Carly Alaimo, Content Manager at Avelist</i><p>Here's the thing: most of us weren't groomed to gracefully handle personal or professional criticism. It's hard to walk away from a less than stellar performance review at work and not think you totally suck or that your boss has it out for …

Self-help

Love can get you high: New research reveals its incredible effect on the brain | Salon.com

“What seems to be the case in prairie voles is that they have really dense oxytocin receptors,” says Marsh. “When they mate, [it] triggers a flood of oxytocin to be released. That triggers a flood of dopamine to be released...which causes the female to find that particular male really rewarding to …

Five exercises to keep your knees in good shape

Illustration: Chris Watson<p>This move contracts and relaxes the calf muscles to build their strength.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/11/4/1446648565614/f41785f9-3c75-488b-8ab5-781de6ed8d75-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Illustration: Chris Watson<p>This move contracts and …

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