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Reasons to Continue our Spiritual Practice. Radhanath Swami:…

Reasons to Continue our Spiritual Practice.<br>Radhanath Swami: There is a beautiful story in the Srimad Bhagavatam about Mahadev, Lord Shiva. Once upon …

Hinduism

Sorry, but you can’t blame your children’s genes

From intelligence to mental health, nurture is the crucial influence on human development<p>Are poor people poor because of inferior genes? This notion is especially popular with members of the ruling elite, who like to think their position is the result of genetic superiority rather than the fact …

Read This Google Email About Time Management Strategy

A Google employee teaches his colleagues how to block out interruptions and set aside “make time.”<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 Leadership stories of 2015. See the full list here.</i><p>I recently wrote an email to our team that posed a simple challenge in time management. The response …

How Mindfulness Affects Your Blood Sugar

It's good news when managing our health is in our hands.<p>You've been told a meditation practice can help you better manage the stress in your life, but did you know it might help you manage your blood sugar levels, too?<p>A new Brown University study published in the American Journal of Health Behavior …

Our picks for the 11 funniest parenting posts on Facebook this week

Parents are funny — especially on Facebook! And we love them for it!<p>Why? Because in the world of Facebook, where page after page of friends and family brim with posts about extravagant mid-winter ski vacations, science-fair winning entries, and DIY valentines that would make Martha Stewart step …

A Scientist Explains How Meditation And Prayer Rewire Your Brain

Here's what's behind the amazing physical and mental health benefits of the practice.<p>Whether you see meditation or prayer as the gateway to enlightenment or just a way to stay more focused at work, one thing that's certain is that the practice comes with a whole host of physical and mental health …

A simple 2-minute trick to calm a racing mind

Replays of awkward interactions, missed opportunities and embarrassing regrets distract us during the day and keep us up at night.<p>Think about how many times you’ve agonized over some dumb thing you said. Or rehearsed a conversation that hasn’t happened—and might not ever. Or couldn’t get that …

Mindfulness

Four scientific ways teachers can cope with stress

From basic mediation exercises to learning to say ‘no’, there are many simple changes teachers can make to improve their physical and mental health<p>The pressures of teaching can be difficult to manage and it can sometimes feel like you have no time to switch off. So if you ended last year feeling …

Top 10 Books That Will Change Your Life in 2016

Photograph courtesy Getty Images<p>These titles will make you reflect, say yes and choose joy in the year ahead.<p>Our preview of 10 carefully selected …

Self-improvement

How Sleep And Meditation Really Affect Your Brain

Here's what the science says.<p>Scientists have long known that sleep and meditation can lower stress, improve memory, and might even help with maintaining a healthy weight, among other health benefits.<p>But what <i>else</i> can these practices do to our brains, and how so?<p>The Huffington Post recently sat down …

Reflection And Renewal: Looking Back, Moving Forward

<b>What’s your reflection and renewal process?</b><p>By ROSHAN THIRAN<p>I am a pretty competitive person. Over the past 10 years, I witnessed most of my peers …

Leadership

How to Motivate Yourself in 10 Easy Steps

It’s 2:00 p.m. Your lunch sits snugly in your stomach causing fog to settle over your brain. Your energy is low. Thought processes stop mid-stream. …

Procrastination

How to Be Happier Without Really Trying

You are already a happiness expert. Seriously. You’re just a bit inconsistent.<p>You already do a lot of things that researchers recommend for increased …

Here's why Mark Zuckerberg is dumping billions into 'personalized learning'

While some argue whether this is a philanthropic act or a shrewd business strategy, others will ask: what is personalized learning anyway? Because despite some politicians' enthusiastic endorsements of personalised education, there's still no clear definition.<p>Many in education would argue that …

Pedagogy

What Higher Consciousness Really Means, How We Attain It, and What It Does for the Human Spirit

“At such moments, the world reveals itself as quite different: a place of suffering and misguided effort … but also a place of tenderness and longing, beauty, and touching vulnerability. “<p><i>“[Leonardo da Vinci’s] unique brain wiring … allowed him the opportunity to experience the world from the</i> …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Five Personal Development Myths

Self-help and personal development are big business, but lasting change doesn’t come as quickly and easily as we’ve been led to believe.<p>Would you like to improve your relationships with people? How about adopting better work-life balance? Of course we’d all like to improve some aspect of our lives, …

8 Foolproof Ways to Sabotage Good Parenting

My father used to say that you're not a real parent until you get sh*t under your fingernails. And although he was talking about changing diapers, the general idea also applies when it comes to discipline.<p>Kids are sometimes like a breath of fresh air to be around. Yet, like every single one of us, …

How Great Leaders Keep People Moving Forward

A couple of months ago, I was sitting on a plane waiting to take off. Everything seemed good: people on board, doors closed and locked, OK weather, reassuring sentiments from the pilot.<p>Then it got quiet. Our take-off time came and went. No more positive statements from the intercom. Finally, about …

Self-improvement

25 Honest Selfies That Sum Up What It's Like To Be A Mom

Complete with under-eye circles, messy hair and more.<p>Last month, actress Olivia Wilde shared a frazzled selfie that resonated with parents everywhere. "I call this hairstyle, 'keep the kid alive,'" she wrote in the caption. "Products you'll need: sweat, string cheese, diaper rash cream, chewed up …

The Zen of Adult Coloring Books

I get it now.<p>I have never changed my mind about anything as quickly or completely as I changed my mind about adult coloring books. I found the trend mostly baffling and maybe a little dumb. But I saw some in a bookstore the other day and I immediately said to my friend, “Well, I'm not leaving here …

Meditation

12 Ridiculously Simple Hacks Every Parent Needs In The Morning

<i>Ah</i>, mornings. There’s nothing quite like the birds chirping, the sun rising and the kids, well, not rising -- at least not without some coaxing first. As every mom or dad knows, getting the family dressed and out the door on time in the a.m. isn’t exactly the easiest feat -- medaling in the …

Dalai Lama’s American doctor wants more compassion in medicine

<b>Editor’s note:</b><p>A version of this story aired on the PBS Program “Religion and Ethics Weekly.” Fred de Sam Lazaro’s reporting is a partnership with the …

'Heaven Or Hospital?' Parents Allow Child To Make End-Of-Life Choice

"For her, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. She doesn't have a long time to live."<p>Should a dying child have the right to decide between "heaven or the hospital?<p>An Oregon family’s decision to respect the end-of-life choice of their 5-year-old daughter has sparked a heated debate about this …

8 Reasons Parents Fail to Love Their Kids

Source: lightwavemedia/Shutterstock<p>Parental love enhances the wellbeing and development of children. As such, “love” would be all that is nurturing …

On Being a Spiritual Warrior: 10 Truths.

I cannot count the number of times in a yoga class that I have said, “Let go of that which no longer serves you” or start with “letting go of …

Yoga

This Is the No. 1 Ritual You Need to Do Every Day

You read a lot on the internet about rituals that can help you be better in the morning or leap over tall building with a single bound. Maybe some …

Scientists discover the on-off switch for human consciousness deep within the brain - ExtremeTech

By on July 7, 2014 at 7:56 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Researchers at George Washington …

Consciousness

9 Talks That Are a Great Introduction to TED

Since I started My Year of TED in 2011, I've found myself explaining TED quite a lot. Last week I had to do this again, and I was reminded of a blog post I did in 2012. I thought I'd share it with you here -- noting that there have been hundreds of new talks since this time, but I think these still …

The Simple Way to Living A Mindful Life Today

<b>For a long time I didn't understand what mindfulness was.</b><p>I used to think that meditating was all about entering a blissful trance state. I used to think that mindfulness was all about making your mind totally silent. And whenever I was meditating I thought I was doing it wrong, because, well, I …

12 Commandments Of Happy, Long-Lasting Relationships

<i>By Charles J. Orlando</i><p>When it comes to creating successful relationships, you need certain critical traits in place. Traits not just merely "present," but existing in a real and genuine way that emanates from each partner through their own want (not because someone is complaining). The moment "give …