Pranav Shah

32 Flips | 2 Magazines | 21 Likes | 8 Following | 2 Followers | @pnpshah | Keep up with Pranav Shah on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Pranav Shah”

Forget Brain Workouts—Chanting Mantras Takes Half the Time and Is More Effective

I read some disquieting news recently. Apparently, science isn’t sure that brain workouts work. This bothers me because it means that I will have to …

What 15 Top Meditation Experts Struggled With Most as a Beginner

Like playing golf or making the perfect boiled egg, meditation sounds a lot easier than it actually is. After all, you just sit there with your eyes …

3 Cognitive Biases That Alter Your Thinking

“<i>Change your thoughts and you change your world.</i>”<br>~Norman Vincent Peale<p>There are far too many layers of cognition (thinking, knowing, remembering) to …

Critical Thinking

The Fascinating Power of Meditation: Mind Over Chatter

Life can often seem out of control—but you don’t have to be. Meditate a few days a week and, chances are, you’ll get a better grip on potential frustrations and anxieties. The best part: You can find your way to inner peace and serenity just about anywhere and anytime.<p>As it’s often been said, no …

Mindfulness

How To Slow Down Time: Meditation And The Theory Of Relativity

If asked what meaningful accomplishment one could achieve in just 10 minutes, most of us would be hard-pressed to come up with an answer. Ten minutes is nothing! But ask the average person to sit quietly and focus only on mindful breathing meditation for those same ten minutes and be prepared to be …

Are The Ancient Practices Of Yoga And Meditation A Cure All?

Meditation

The 8 Most Important Things We've Learned About Happiness In The Past 10 Years

We're living in a golden age of happiness -- the scientific study of happiness, at least.<p>The field of positive psychology has exploded in growth since its inception in 1998, dramatically increasing our understanding of human flourishing. We now know more than ever about what makes us happy, how we …

Research Explores Meditation As Pain Therapy

Including migraines and mild cognitive impairment, researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are looking into the effectiveness of meditation …

Meditation

Mindfulness In Everyday Activity

“Mindfulness describes a state of mind difficult for most people to achieve. In the last column, I described how, when people watch their flow of …

Mindfulness research: separating the hype from the science

Why Mindfulness Works

Mindfulness is the art of living in the moment. Often people from all walks of life wonder if all the talk about mindfulness is just hype. AMA’s …

Mindfulness

This infographic shows the surprisingly simple basics of mindfulness meditation

Studies suggest that meditation does all sorts of great stuff for you, like increasing memory and awareness while decreasing stress and negative emotions.<p>But if you've never done it, mindfulness can be intimidating.<p>Enter the below infographic, which combines advice from some of the best books on …

Understanding the Significance of ‘OM’

“OM! This Imperishable Word is the whole of this visible universe. Its explanation is as follows: What has becOMe, what is becOMing, what will becOMe …

The Science Behind Why Naming Our Feelings Makes Us Happier

In many kinds of individual and group therapy, we are instructed how to identify what we are feeling, disclose what we are feeling, listen carefully and without judgment to the feelings of others and acknowledge others' feelings with empathy, caring and compassion.<p>It's often helpful to assign a …

10 Meditation Tips for Beginners

Meditation is a wonderful tool for decreasing feelings of stress and anxiety, and increasing feelings of peacefulness, contentedness and connectedness. It helps you stay present in the moment so that you can experience your life as it happens, rather than always being caught up in the past or the …

What People Around the World Dream About

An atlas of the subconscious, from Tijuana to Reykjavik<p>The first thing I learned is: Everybody flies.<p>Consider the surly taxi driver I met in Ukraine who, when asked what he dreamed of at night, responded, “I jump and then I fly—higher than the trees, higher than the trolley wires.”<p>“I think when I …

Charlie Chaplin

12 Mindfulness Hacks You Can Use in 24 Hours | Inc.com

Mindfulness is all the rage these days, and with good reason. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. A new study from the University of Oxford even found that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is as effective as antidepressants in preventing depression relapses.<p>…

Simple '4-7-8' breathing trick can induce sleep in 60 seconds

A deep breathing trick can make insomniacs drop off to sleep in under one minute, a health expert has claimed.<p>The method involves making a loud whooshing noise with the mouth then holding the breath in stages.<p>Called the ‘4-7-8’ method, it has been pioneered by the US sleep expert Dr Andrew Weil who …

Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions<p>In her new book <i>No One Understands You and What To Do About It</i>, Heidi Grant Halvorson tells readers a story about her friend, Tim. When Tim started a new job as a manager, one of his top priorities was …

Psychology

The Oral History of Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff's 'Parents Just Don't Understand'

An exclusive excerpt from a new book of hip-hop liner notes about the '80s hit that won the first rap Grammy—and made Smith a star.<p><i>Excerpted from Brian Coleman's</i> Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies <i>(Wax Facts Press).</i><p><b>DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince <br>He's The DJ, I'm The</b> …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".<p>Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts …

The Psychology Of Loves That Last A Lifetime

The trifecta of a romantic relationship -- intense love, sexual desire and long-term attachment -- can seem elusive, but it may not be as uncommon or unattainable in marriages as we've been conditioned to think.<p>"We are born to love," writes anthropologist and author of <i>Why We Love</i>, Helen Fisher. …