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A Feisty Guide to Meditation From a Half-Assed Practitioner

Meditation is a trendy topic lately and I hear all sorts of comments about what type, how often, and how to do it "right." I'm going to break this down in layperson's terms based on what I've learned in my 12 years practicing meditation. I say "practice" because that's what the gurus call it. They …

Meditation

Why Frustration Is Fantastic and How to Own It

photo by Jake Ingle<p>Are you feeling frustrated in some are of your life?<p>Restless?<p>Anxious?<p>Unsettled?<p>Dissatisfied?<p><i>That's so awesome! I'm super excited for you!</i><p>(Wait. Did she just say she was <i>excited</i> for me? What <i>the</i>?)<p>Yes. I did. And please don't leave until I tell you why.<p>Frustration is a prompt.<p>A …

The Most Romantic Places to Spend Valentine's Day

<b>Travel to one of the World's Most Romantic Settings this Valentine's Day.</b><p><b>1. ARGENTINA</b><p><b>Patagonia</b><p><b>Explore dramatic landscape while staying at a luxury lodge.</b> Amidst majestic mountain ranges and windswept plains, Patagonia offers total seclusion as you explore on foot and by horseback, or as you kayak …

Northern Lights

Rx for Achieving a Rock Solid Relationship

I came across an interesting blog article last week. The topic was about marriage. I know, it's a topic that's been written about extensively, so what made this article that different from the many out there? Besides having a clever hook (a mysterious build up to the answer), the recommendation for …

Communication Skills

The 35-Piece Ultimate Survival Kit

What's the price of safety? $9,340! Whether you're bugging out, sheltering in place, or just stocking up your bunker, these tools will help you ride out any emergency in style.<p>1. Pack the bomb-proof North Face Base Camp XL duffel with food, cash, batteries, and warm clothes, and stash it in your …

IPad Air

An Outdoor Fireplace Is All You Need To Keep Summer Going

Even though fall brings its own opportunities to entertain, the end of summer always feels like there was never enough time celebrating the outdoors. But the brilliant designers who submitted their work below to our friends at Porch.com, have reminded us that there <i>is</i> a way to extend summer (as well …

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

I Stole My Friend's Travel Bucket List

This article was originally published on Better After 50.<p>My travel bucket list just got really long because I stole my friend's and added a few of my own to it. Just this past winter, I was on a women's ski trip and met a new friend from Toronto. We were talking about travels and she told me she …

Felice

The Best Travel Apps for Cruisers

Reading email at the beach doesn't just break your vacation vibe -- it's also bad for your wallet. <i>Photo by allensima / Thinkstock</i><p>Faced with the choice of buying pricey Internet packages on cruise ships and paying exorbitant roaming charges, many cruisers simply turn their phones off for their …

Apps

The Healing Nature of Sleep

by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc, integrative medicine <i>pioneer</i><p>Why do we sleep? This is really a modern question. Few people wondered about sleep's utility before Edison invented the electric light bulb. Freed to be productive through the night, we began to neglect rest, even treat it as a …

Sleep

20 Life-Changing Questions to Ask Yourself in 2014

For many of us, it seems easy to fall into the torment trap, when sadness strikes; it can snowball into more negative thoughts. These thought patterns can consume us which can keep us feeling unhappy. But it is possible to turn your mood around.<p>Here are 20 life-changing questions to ask yourself in …

Time I

Rewire Your Brain for Positive Thinking

I have a challenge for you. From today, from this minute, for the next seven days, you are to think only kind or positive thoughts.<p>The end of last year, I was on a two-weeks QI Gong retreat in New Zealand with a wonderful teacher Yuan Tze from the Yuan Tze Center. I do this annually, because during …

Happiness

The Secret to Personal Power

www.radiantsurvivor.com<p>There is such a thing as personal power, but most people haven't encountered it even remotely. That's because their notion of …

The 20 Best Cold-Weather Dog Breeds

If you like to rough it in freezing temperatures and wet snow, your dog should too. "In general, a dog that thrives in a snowy climate has a dense coat that insulates them from the elements," says Bernadine Cruz, who has worked with arctic dogs as a trail veterinarian for the Iditarod, Yukon Quest, …

Pets

Stop Stressing Out

It could be because if you have higher stress levels, you may be more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors—smoking or inactivity—which are linked to greater cardiovascular disease risk, says study coauthor Maya J. Lambaise, Ph.D., at the University of Pittsburgh.<p>And it’s not just severe anxiety …

Effect of One Sleepless Night

After the all-nighter, blood samples revealed that certain levels of neurochemical markers associated with brain cell damage rose by 20 percent compared to when the guys snagged a full night’s rest.<p>“Dysfunctional sleep has been linked with a range of health problems, and it looks like that’s …

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryWhy Angry Men Kill Laura L. Hayes It’s rage, not mental illness, that often prompts massacres. Here’s how we can stop them before they …

10 Rules for Kids Who Eat Healthy, Whole Foods

Ever since the first of our three children were born, I've been trying to uncover the secret sauce that turns babies, toddlers, preschoolers and even their older counterparts into tiny people who enjoy eating real food. People who are open to trying new flavors and eating vegetables, fresh fruit …

Kids

The Origin of the 8 Hour Work Day and Why We Should Rethink It

One of the most unchanged elements of our life today is our optimal work time or how long we should work -- generally, every person I've spoken to quotes me something close to 8 hours a day.<p>And data seems to confirm that: The average American works 8.8 hours every day. At least, those are the …

Time Management

What I Know One Year After Giving My Teenager an iPhone Contract

In 2012, I sat down and wrote a list of rules for my teenage son, Gregory, to follow after receiving an iPhone for Christmas. He read it, laughed at how on point it was and agreed to it. The viral, global response and professional opportunities spawned from that piece simply reflect life's wild …

Networking

The 10 Biggest Fitness Myths

Chances are some bogus training advice has wormed its way into your fitness regimen. Time to root it out. Here are the ten performance myths holding you back, from pre-race stretching to the evils of high-fructose corn syrup. Plus: Three truisms that are still up for debate.<p>Myth #1: Stretching …

Running

Want to Make a Successful YouTube Video? Read This.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> Entrepreneur Magazine's Ultimate Guide to YouTube for Business<i>, marketing and public relations consultant Jason Rich show you how to master the secrets of successful "YouTubers" and put your brand, product or service in front</i> …

Small Business

Stop Spending Time With Toxic People

The people around you rarely have a neutral effect on you -- they either facilitate your accomplishments or undermine them.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs<i>, business coach and consultant Dan Kennedy reveals the steps</i> …

Small Business

5 Secrets to Creating Harmony Among Co-Founders

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you start a business, one of the most important decisions you have to make is whether to work with a co-founder or go it alone.<p>While some founders may prefer to roll solo, often investors, advisors and mentors suggest teaming up with …

Entrepreneurship

Do THIS So Your Baby Won't Have Peanut Allergies

Peanut allergies seem to be rampant in kids these days, right? And the idea that eating something with nuts could cause your child to go into anaphylactic shock, and could possibly even kill your kid, is so incredibly scary. When I was pregnant, I heard both theories: DO eat peanuts, so your baby …

Deepak Chopra says living healthy -- not counting calories -- is key to losing weight

When Deepak Chopra writes a diet book, you might guess it’s not just a list of what to eat and what to avoid. “What Are You Hungry For"” is indeed not a grocery list with recipes.<p>“Your body will achieve its ideal weight on its own,” with the proper sleep, daily activity, healthy emotions and …

The Wisdom of Altruism

CHOPRA FOUNDATION NEWS<p><b>By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP</b><p>There are increasing signs that selfishness is winning out over altruism in this society. The trend …

Irregular Bedtimes Linked to Disruptive Behavior in Childhood

Frank J. Domino, MD<p><b>Review</b><p>Kelly Y, Kelly J, Sacker A. Changes in bedtime schedules and behavioral difficulties in 7 year old children. <i>Pediatrics</i>. 2013 …