Angela Ragosa

62 Flips | 7 Magazines | 110 Likes | 5 Following | 7 Followers | @gigiragosa | Arist, Mom of Two, GiGi to 1 To sum me up: a lover of life & all that encompasses it!

A Master Buddhist explains how to use mindfulness when you're going through tough times

If you’ve read some articles on this blog, you’ve undoubtedly come across the name Thich Nhat Hanh. He is one of the world’s most renowned Buddhist …

3 Steps to Enlightenment: The Path of Surrender

You're reading 3 Steps to Enlightenment: The Path of Surrender, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're …

A Harvard Neuroscientist Reveals That Meditation Not only Reduces Stress But Literally Changes the Structure of the Brain

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably wondered whether meditation actually has any benefits for the brain.<p>Luckily, modern day research is …

17 Profound Quotes From an Ancient Zen Master That Will Make You Think Deeply About Life

Among the most important texts of Zen literature, the Lin-Chi lu details the insights and exploits of the great ninth century Chinese Zen master …

8 Things Happy People Do Every Morning, According to a Mindfulness Expert

The world often seems to be divided into two types of people. There are those that drag themselves out of bed in the morning and can’t speak before …

The 5 Common Causes of Mental Suffering According to Buddhism (and How You Can Overcome Them)

We all encounter mental roadblocks in life. To feelings of self-doubt to anxiety and depression, mental hindrances can be extremely tough to deal …

How to Wake Up Your Body for Morning Meditation

When you win the morning, you win the day. But there are days when my body isn’t quite ready to wake up when I am. And if I want to meditate in the …

How to Be Present and Peaceful When You Can't Stop Thinking

<b>“Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.” ~Eckhart Tolle</b><p>When I first started practicing Zen (or presence), I used …

Mindfulness for Anxiety: Research and Practice

Anxiety softens when we can create a space between ourselves and what we’re experiencing. When you react in ways that aren’t mindful, they can …

The Top 5 Easiest Meditation Techniques That Anyone Can do

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably tried meditation at one point in time and found it quite difficult.<p>We’ve all heard of the benefits of …

Want a Younger Brain? Forget Sudoku and Do This | Inc.com

Nobody wants to lose cognitive function, especially when so much of business--and life in general--depends on being "on top of it" to stay ahead of the competition. But statistically speaking, the reality is, you have to fight to stay sharp. Doing Sudoku and crossword puzzles isn't going to hurt. …

The Benefit of Meditating Alone Together

One of the persistent misrepresentations of mindfulness is that it is predominantly a solitary struggle. One thinks of the sage on the mountain, the …

4 Signs President Trump Is Headed For A Hitler-Like Reign

Well, it happened. Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States. And a lot of people have been somewhat soothed by the fact that his …

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7 Simple Life Hacks That Will Make You Smarter

Looking to perform better mentally? Do the following.<p><i>Do you want to be smarter?</i><p>You can't boost your IQ overnight, but you can get a little smarter every day.<p>With enough motivation and determination, anyone can expand their mental capabilities and become smarter.<p>Integrating new habits into your …

One psychological skill you should master if you want to be successful

All these traditions posit that being well, happy, and peaceful comes from practicing mindful living.<p>Today, mindfulness is less about a spiritual journey and more about focus and concentration. It is the ability to provide undivided attention to the present.<p>The scientific community now concurs that …

This is your brain on pot: Neuroscientist studies long-term effects of medical marijuana

BELMONT — Staci Gruber vividly remembers her first hit of marijuana, back when she was in college. It made her so paranoid, she locked herself in a …

The secret history of Salvador Dalí’s Disney film

It’s difficult to picture what a Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney collaboration would have looked like. Yet the two artists did collaborate, and the outcome – a short film called <i>Destino</i> released in 2003 – is beautifully weird.<p>Before their fateful meeting, Disney dabbled in WTF. There’s an entire …

13 scientifically proven ways to sleep better

If you're tired right now or are relying on a bucket of coffee to get through your day, you aren't alone.<p>More than a third of Americans don't get the seven to nine hours of sleep a night that the CDC recommends. Some people think they can function on less, but usually that's because the …

Illusion Chair by Gabriel Särkijärvi

Made of birch wood and jute webbing, this simple chair actually has an artistic detail: an illusion of the designers face created out of the slatted …

At least 36 killed in suicide attack at Istanbul airport, officials say

ISTANBUL — Three attackers with suicide vests detonated their explosives at the entrance of Istanbul Ataturk Airport, killing at least 36 people and wounding 147, Turkish officials said Tuesday night.<p>Turkey’s prime minister, Binali Yildirim, blamed the Islamic State group for the assault, but there …

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Obsessive Thoughts: A Darker Side of OCD

Depictions in media tend to focus on the compulsive behavior. Obsessive thinking like mine, though, can be debilitating.<p>"That's so OCD."<p>This comment, often traded among high school girls, usually regards someone’s organizational skills: properly spaced tab dividers, arrays of multicolored pens, or …

Senate Judiciary chair Grassley has breakfast with Garland

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley told President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee on Tuesday that the Senate …

Mom crafts book out of texty pearls of wisdom for new grads

NEW YORK (AP) — Becky Blades wrote her oldest daughter a letter after she left home for college offering all the advice and words of wisdom she …

Nikki Reed Wants You to Rethink the Too-Small Pair of Jeans in Your Closet

Our columnist reflects on a childhood spent creating one-of-a-kind creations with her mom.<p><b>Welcome to Take Five, my recurring beauty and nutrition column on ELLE.com</b> <i>culled from a lifelong passion for animals, the outdoors, and feeling good. For me, the notion of taking five—whether the number</i> …

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Intricate Athlete Sculptures Made of Cut Paper

When a stock photographer approached Barcelona-based paper artist <b>Raya Sader Bujana (you may have seen her</b> <b>paper food sculptures</b><b>) for help in creating</b> …

Parenting advice, recipes, DIY, entertainment, product reviews, health, and beauty, from real moms for real moms

If you haven't washed your hair for a couple days, this easy style is perfect to keep you looking polished all day.<p>Having friends who are alcoholics, …

Product Reviews

Sneak Peek! 25 New Things at IKEA this February

This February IKEA is launching a range of new products and today we have a sneak peek! There's a particular focus on textiles and product for …