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Inspirational Quotes About Happiness From Dalai Lama

Happiness

7 Zen Stories That Might Just Give You a Glimpse of Enlightenment

Whether you're new to Zen or a devotee, these stories will be funny, interesting, and instructive.The post 7 Zen Stories That Might Just Give You a …

In the Style of Demons: Sleep Paralysis Is the Worst Trip Ever

I used to wake up dead on a pretty regular basis.<p>Suffocation is a unique, distinctly non-intellectual pathway to fear. Just the merest hint of it causes an automatic, guaranteed physiological reaction: CO2 levels in the blood rise and pH levels in the brain's memory and emotional center, the …

Scientists Create ‘Ghosts’ in the Lab by Tricking the Brain

Neuroscientists have succeeded in creating "ghosts" in the laboratory by tricking the brains of test subjects into feeling an unexpected "presence" in the room.<p>Under normal circumstances the brain is able to form a unified self-perception, but lead researcher Olaf Blanke explained that when this …

The Brain

Oprah's 2001 Interview with The Dalai Lama on Happiness, Gratitude, and Meditation

World Religion News<p>Oprah’s 2001 Interview with The Dalai Lama on Happiness, Gratitude, and Meditation<p>Posted by WRN Editorial Staff<p>In a monumental …

24 Pictures That Are Going To Make You Feel Very, Very Small

So very tiny.

Astronomy

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6 Ways Your Brain Is Lying To You Every Minute Of The Day

You think your brain is your friend. It's not. It's tricking you, all the time.

Psychology

Crazy Image Shows How Tiny Earth Is Compared To Our Sun

The size of stuff all depends on your perspective. Compared to ants, humans can feel big, intelligent, and important. We're not so big in the grand scheme of things, however.<p>John Brady at Astronomy Central shows just how small we really are compared to the sun in the image below:<p>And while the sun …

Creation writing: is sci-fi a 21st-century religion?

SF provides a place to focus our awe at the wonders of the universe, just one of many functions it shares with religious beliefs<p>Ever since mankind began to count, the uncountable stars have been filling us with awe. But the splendour revealed by a cloudless night reveals only a fraction of the …

Universe

Four 'Confusing' Zen Quotes And What You Can Learn From Them

Zen is a branch of Buddhism that came about in China during the 6th century. Many of its teachings and quotes continue to be repeated, but they …

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What It Really Means to Be in the Present Moment

These days we often hear touted the importance of being in the present moment. We’re told that the “now” is all that exists and if we’re not here …

Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Britta Hölzel is not your typical yoga teacher. Or your typical Ph.D. neuroscientist.<p>In recent years, during fellowships at Harvard Medical School and elsewhere, Hölzel has co-authored a range of studies focused on the intersection of two great passions of her life, how meditation and yoga affect …

A bit up, a bit down: How I finally learnt to manage my moods

Was that argument his fault or mine? Should I apologise for the parking tickets or fight on? Is the flubber round my tummy just a shiftable crisp …

Can Meditation Improve Your Brain? Harvard Says So! - One Green Planet

The many benefits of meditation are nothing new, and meditation as a health practice dates back thousands of years. Regular meditators can vouch for …

Discover

Navigating the world of yoga insurance for new teachers can be tricky. We're here to help.<p>Curious the best way to prepare for teaching a private yoga …

Yoga

How Mindfulness Changes the Brain

There’s some research behind all that mindfulness hype.<p>Sara Lazar, an associate researcher in the psychiatry department at Massachusetts General …

The Science of First Impressions (and How to Use It to Your Advantage)

If there's one thing I've learned over the past five years of working as a journalist, it's that success can come down to the two seconds after you …

8 horrific “cures” for mental illness through the ages

Hydrotherapy, chemically induced seizures and lobotomy are just a few ghastly treatments that were once commonplace<p>If it wasn’t already clear to the public at large, the recent suicide of comedian Robin Williams drove home the point: mental illness can be devastating. It is hardly limited to people …

Is there life on Mars? We are tantalisingly close to being able to say: ‘Yes’

Unusual clusters of methane on the Mars could be being produced by biological organisms, Nasa say<p>Since William Herschel spotted polar ice caps on Mars in the mid-17th century, astronomers have speculated that life could exist on a planet which seemed so similar to Earth.<p>But when probes began to …

University of Michigan

How To Win The Impulse War Inside Your Brain

Your brain is complicated. Understanding how it works can help you make better decisions.<p>What role do our emotions play in decision-making? Some might say it’s a fairly contentious one. Acting on emotions without reason can be dangerous. 17th-century French philosopher Descartes would have you …

Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind

Most people are familiar with his many famous paintings. But the real Van Gogh, the manic genius, the tortured artist, is best understood in his …

5 Steps to Transition From Your Career to a Life Purpose

How would you like to earn a living by doing what you love? Something that you leap out of bed for, where you think about it day and night and know with a deep passion that you are making a difference to peoples lives?<p>That's the dream, right?<p>Well, it IS possible, and in today's article I will …

How a Psychiatrist Treats Depression: A Peek Behind the Curtain

When you come to a psychiatrist's office for the first time, you often do not know what to expect. Am I going to ask you to lie down on my couch? Are we going to talk about your childhood, your parents or your nightly dreams? Sometimes this unknown keeps those in need from getting help. There is a …

Delusions and hallucinations may be the keys that unlock psychosis

The symptoms of psychosis were once dismissed as the meaningless product of diseased brains. A new report recommends clinicians take them more seriously<p>“Although it is a waste of time to argue with a paranoid patient about his delusions, he may still be persuaded to keep them to himself, to repress …

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Do dreams occur in slow motion?

When we dream, does time pass at a different pace? David Robson investigates.<p>When my alarm wakes me up, I’ll often hit the snooze button before returning to the warmth and safety of my duvet for another quick doze. But although what follows can seem like a short dream – perhaps a single …

Consciousness