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Why the Spiritual Path Is More Than a Consolation Prize

"The spiritual path is a consolation prize for people whose lives have gone to hell."<p>I wrote that in my journal when I was in my mid-30s and nothing was going according to plan. I had left my six-year marriage. A few years earlier, my parents had divorced after 37 years. I had no kids or boyfriend, …

If You Have a Busy Mind and Can't Meditate, Try This

<b>I wish I had a quiet mind. But in general, I don't.</b><p>Sometimes, my mind feels like an enormous noisy hall filled with thousands of busy bouncing balls. Urgent tasks lurk inside each ball, and I'm worried about which ones need my attention first. As I try to figure out which ball to grab first, …

10 Workouts That Will Lower Your Diabetes Risk

Plus, one more reason to lose your fear of lifting<p>Surely you've heard the saying that "strong is the new sexy"—well, strong is <i>also</i> the new <i>healthy</i>. A new study in <i>PLOS ONE</i> shows that regular strength-training sessions can seriously cut a woman's risk of developing type 2 diabetes.<p>Researchers followed …

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What I Discovered by Beginning a Mindfulness Practice

It had been one of those years. Life kept handing me lemons, and instead of making lemonade [eyeroll], I was losing my hair and becoming overly familiar with the slim pickings on TV at 2 a.m. when my anxiety kept me awake. When my "stress" began to seep into my children, I realized it was time to …

5 New Lunges to Try, STAT!

Your basic lunges aren’t cutting it anymore<p>Just like you shouldn't eat the same foods at every meal, you shouldn't do the same old lunges every time you work out. Sure, they're convenient and easy, but so is fast food—and you know that doesn't do your body any favors. So the next time you hit the …

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