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Ruby Wax: why being kinder to ourselves is good for society

Compassion is the antidote to anger and revenge. So maybe it is time to be a little kinder, and start with yourself<p>What is compassion? It is the feeling you get when you see someone suffering and are moved to help them. Somehow though, the idea of self-compassion has become tarnished as …

Empathy

Labour & Liverpool: the city that reveals the cracks in the party

Liverpool is preparing to host the Labour conference in the wake of bitter infighting between party factions. Will the ‘reddest city in the UK’ find a way to unite behind Corbyn?<p>• This article has been footnoted<p>Liverpool is preparing to host the Labour conference in the wake of bitter infighting …

Labour Party

Physicist David Bohm and Philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti on Love, Intelligence, and How to Transcend the Wall of Being

“One cannot accumulate love.”<p>“If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from,” Carl Sagan wrote in his meditation on science and spirituality, “we will have failed.”<p>Between April and September of 1980, as Sagan’s <i>Cosmos</i> was making its debut and …

What's Actually Wrong With the U.S. Health System

A new report shows why American health care performs so poorly compared to its rivals—and suggests the Obamacare replacement proposals aren’t the way to fix it.<p>On the heels of the Senate’s latest attempt at replacing the Affordable Care Act, the Commonwealth Fund has released its latest evaluation …

Health Care

How to Be Mindful While Swimming

“Swimming often devolves into autopilot behavior in which you focus only on getting in the distance you’ve planned, or ‘following the black line.’ This is a lost opportunity. Swimming can also be an immensely rewarding opportunity to practice mindfulness. By swimming mindfully, we can transform …

Swimming

Mindfulness: What It Really Means, and How to Practice It

Mindfulness is so hot right now. The proof is in the hashtags. Search the phrase #mindfulness on Instagram, and you’ll come across over 3.4 million …

How We Ruined Mindfulness

<i>Breathe. Be in the moment. Live in the here and now.</i><p>Those are familiar words, I’m sure, because we are living through a mindfulness revolution. …

Mindfulness

The Secret Life of Secrets

Everybody has secrets. You do. I do. Maybe even the President of the United States does. For better or worse, science can’t much help in revealing the details of any particular secret. But it is gaining a better handle on the nature of secrets generally. For instance, according to a recent study by …

Silencing Your Mind Monkey: How Mindfulness Can Help Entrepreneurs Thrive

There is a concept in Buddhism known as shin’en, which translates to “heart/mind-monkey” and refers to the restless, inconstant, and uncontrollable thoughts that run through our head.<p>These uncontrollable thoughts hold us hostage and lead us down the path of fear, anxiety, and negativity.<p>According …

Meditation