Dianne Kaczmarek Alesi

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Drug Tests Don't Deter Drug Use, But School Environment Might

Schools that do random drug testing say it helps students say no to illegal drugs, while critics say it's an invasion of privacy. But feeling good about school may affect students' drug use more than the threat of testing.<p>A survey of high school students found that the possibility that they might …

Meditation: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

The benefits of meditation can't be called new. For decades, the practice has been endorsed -- even by mainstream medicine -- as a proven means to reduce stress and produce relaxation. In fact, if it were not for "the relaxation response," a sanitized version of Eastern meditation that was …

Can't Concentrate When You Meditate? Read This

I’ve been witnessing a disturbing trend recently. Let’s call it the Protestant work ethic of meditation. Instantly recognizable when seen, it looks a …

Meditation

If You’re Too Busy to Meditate, Read This

This morning, like every morning, I sat cross-legged on a cushion on the floor, rested my hands on my knees, closed my eyes, and did nothing but breathe for 20 minutes.<p>People say the hardest part about meditating is finding the time to meditate. This makes sense: who these days has time to do …

IRS Gets Spending Bill Smackdown From Congress

The IRS is getting a special $200,000 earmark in the 2014 spending bill now moving through Congress.<p>But it's not because the agency is suddenly in the good graces of lawmakers.<p>The new funds are earmarked for "intensive training" in the Exempt Organizations division – the office that pulled the IRS …