Julia Flasphaler

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The Journey of Enlightenment -- You Don't Need To Go Anywhere

To change the trajectory of your life in a big way, you probably think you have to drop whatever you are doing to have a complete change in your life. Thus, your journey of enlightenment begins.<p>Many people in whatever their profession or circumstances in life have an inner dialog going on inside …

Meditation

Feminism started with the Buddha and Confucius 25 centuries ago

Confucius, Socrates and the Buddha may not be known for their teachings on women's rights - but historian Dr Bettany Hughes is trying to change that<p>Socrates, Confucius and the Buddha were not exactly model family men.<p>The Buddha left his wife and newborn son to hit the road in search of his own …

6 Golden Rules For Strong Relationships That Are Backed By Science

Love is perhaps the most studied – and yet, still the most confusing – of human emotions. It is not surprising that scientists have yet to concoct a …

University of Tennessee

Are plants intelligent? New book says yes

A new book, Brilliant Green, argues that not only are plants intelligent and sentient, but that we should consider their rights, especially in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction<p>Plants are intelligent. Plants deserve rights. Plants are like the Internet – or more accurately the Internet is like …

This Is What Your Dreams Really Mean

Your psyche is trying to talk to you -- listen to it.<p>Have you ever woken up from a dream that had you really scratching your head, wondering what the heck it really means?<p>The famous Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung analyzed 20,000 dreams over the course of his lifetime and theorized …

Beer

Kassia Meador’s Surf Diary Is Your Summer Dream

“It’s that kind of dream of a life that balances surfing, good food, and living simply,” says <b>Kassia Meador</b> over the phone in Los Angeles yesterday. The professional surfer turned wetsuit and surf wax designer is describing what endears the cult beach film <i>Morning of the Earth</i> to her, but she might …

The One Yoga Pose You Should Do If You Sit All Day Long

It's a simple stretch your body will thank you for.<p>Your gym teacher probably led you through this move in elementary school, but it's certainly not reserved for kids.<p>This simple seated stretch will free up the backs of your legs, which are often tight after sitting at a desk or behind the wheel of …

Yoga

Amusing Drawings Illustrate an Easily Relatable Deep Love of Sleep

Is your favorite place your bed? Do you hit the snooze button for as long as possible to squeeze in every last minute of slumber? If so, these whimsical doodles will certainly speak to you–the amusing scenes illustrate an eternal love of sleep. They're illustrated by Lingvistov, a collaboration …

Drawing

When Your Mind Feels Like a Prison & You Zone Out to Escape

<b>“All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn</b><p>I’m currently obsessed …

Readers' tips: the world's best national parks

This week’s winning letter<p>Poland<p>“Seaside holiday in Poland!” exclaimed an incredulous friend on my return from Wolin National Park. But it is truly worth it, though getting there is a bit tricky.<p>After a Ryanair flight from Stansted to Szczecin, a train to Miedzyzdroje and a local bus to Swietousc, …

Could Quantum Brain Effects Explain Consciousness?

<i>Updated on Monday, July 1, at 9:25 a.m. ET.</i><p>NEW YORK — The idea that consciousness arises from quantum mechanical phenomena in the brain is …

The productivity trick one author used to write over 40 books

Over the next 38 years, he published 47 novels, 18 works of non-fiction, 12 short stories, 2 plays, and an assortment of articles and letters.<p>Trollope achieved his incredible productivity by writing in 15-minute intervals for three hours per day.<p>His strategy is explained in Mason Currey's book, …

Time Management

Jon Stewart’s Famous Alumni: 8 Comedians Who Got Their Start on The Daily Show

This Thursday, <b>Jon Stewart</b> will be saying goodbye to <i>The Daily Show</i> after seventeen years as its host. While we should thank Stewart for making the evening news a hilarious, must-watch event, we also need to give him credit for launching the careers of many of TV’s funniest stars. Here, a look back …

The summer reading lists at America's most prestigious private schools

It's a time to indulge in the texts that are most appealing, without scrutiny: an easy beach read, a guilty pleasure, or that book you've always meant to start.<p>But students at America's most prestigious private schools must still endure the rigors of homework during their summer vacations with a …

The Routine One Star Trainer Used to Totally Revamp Her Body

These five moves worked wonders for her—and they'll help get you in the best shape of your life, too.<p>By the time that my big 40th birthday was approaching, I had accomplished a lot: I'd received a degree in exercise physiology and nutrition and had nearly 20 years of personal training experience …

Insects may be able to feel fear, anger and empathy, after all

A recent survey suggests that, for most of us who have ever had a pet companion, it’s a no-brainer that mammals and birds are emotional creatures, sharing emotions with multiple species and not just their own. Yet despite the thousands of YouTube videos and hundreds of recent scientific studies …

Emotional Intelligence

Brain food is real: Study shows how diet affects memory as we age

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish may help protect your brain from the ravages of aging, a new study suggests.<p>An international team of researchers found that seniors who consumed the most nutritious food had a nearly 25 percent reduction in the risk of mental decline compared those …

Holistic Medicine

15 Totally Awesome Junk Food Hacks to Make Now

Let’s be real: Junk food is designed to be delicious straight out of the package, but sometimes we just want to go ALL out. From dinner to dessert, these 15 unreal hacks take our fave snacks to the next gluttonous level. Reach for this collection of recipes the next time you have extra chips, …

Candice Huffine On Her Elena Miro Capsule Collection

Candice Huffine is breaking new ground as the first plus-size model to design a ready-to-wear collaboration in nearly a decade. The model launches her #LovedByCandice capsule collection with Italian brand Elena Mirò this week—and there are a few reasons we're in love with it.<p>The seven-piece …

Plus Size

Millie Brown's Post-Abstract Expressionist "Rainbow Body" (PHOTOS)

Artist Millie Brown. A week before her Rainbow Body performance in West Hollywood. Photo by EMS.<p>Millie Brown's "Rainbow Body" presents the evolution of the artist's most recognized methods of performance-based painting. There are many visceral reactions to Brown's recent work; some include comments …

This Mesmerizing GIF Shows You EXACTLY How to Layer a Room

Decorating makes so much more sense after watching this.<p>Layering a room can be a real struggle: How many blankets are <i>too</i> many blankets? What's the perfect vignette for your side tables? Do your plants overwhelm your artwork?<p>Interior designer and blogger Emily Henderson is here to help with a …

This image shows an Einstein Ring

The ring is caused by a near-perfect alignment of two galaxies with respect to Earth. One galaxy is ‘lensing’ the other galaxy’s light.<p>According to …

Cosmology

10 Books To Read This Spring

Whether you need a book club recommendation or something to enjoy in your backyard this spring, these books are some of the best of Spring 2015. There are new novels from old favorites, unique voices, and continuing sagas of families you may already know. Plus a memoir that looks …

Books

Ditch the French Toast with Brunch Ideas Beyond the Basics

Why does every brunch seem to involve the same spread of bacon and fried eggs, or bagels and lox? With no disrespect to the classics, we’re leaving those menus behind with these four out-of-the-box brunch ideas—from breakfast soups (don’t knock ‘em until you’ve had <i>pho</i> in the morning) to cocktails …

35 Books You Need To Read In Your Twenties

From Cheryl Strayed's Wild to Amy Poehler's Yes Please, these are the books you need to get through your own roaring twenties. Inspired by this post.

Everywhere you can play Pac-Man in your Google Maps app

Google's April Fools' prank, in which Maps users can play Pac-Man in locations around the world, is already underway.<p>While those using Maps on their …

Why Novel Reading Reduces Anxiety (Guest Post)

<i>“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the</i> …

carrot graham layer cake

It has been 1 year, 6 months and 6 days since I last shared a recipe for a stacked, filled, and unconscionably indulgent layer cake on this site, an …

Angelina Jolie BRCA cancer treatments: Surgery, fallopian tubes, ovaries, alternative medicine.

Angelina Jolie Pitt should be credited for again focusing attention on the beyond difficult (and typically private) dilemmas that haunt women who …

Cancer

5 Books That Changed My Perspective of the World

"What is your favorite book?"<p>I've been asked this question numerous times throughout my life. Even now as a 19-year-old college student, I find this question nearly impossible to answer. I've read hundreds of books in my lifetime; how can I pick just one as superior to all the others?<p>I think this …