Prof. Lakshman's Collection

By Prof. Lakshman Madurasinghe | Collections on Mindfulness, Stress, Healthy eating, Neuroscience and Cosmology

Imagining the Future Is Just Another Form of Memory

Humans’ ability to predict the future is all thanks to our ability to remember the past.<p>“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.” This is a line from John Green’s young-adult book <i>Looking for Alaska</i>. It’s pretty, and melancholy, and very popular on Tumblr. It’s also scientifically …

The Brain

How to Practice Effortless Mindfulness

In his book <b>Rainbow Painting,</b> Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche writes: “There are two types of mindfulness: deliberate and effortless.” …

Researchers reveal the human brain remembers visual features backwards

Rethinking How the Human Brain Remembers<p>New research from scientists at the Zuckerman Institute of Columbia University has turned our classical …

The Brain

​5 Signs Your Bad Memory May Be An Early Sign Of Alzheimer's

And what to do about it.<p>Alzheimer’s disease is scary, and it’s understandable that you may be hyper-aware of any memory issues you might have, wondering if they could be early symptoms of Alzheimer's or dementia. This is probably especially true if it runs in your family and you've seen others deal …

Alzheimer's Disease

Forging a better connection between the brain and the mind

The common maxim that humans only use 10 percent of their brain? It’s bunk, according to Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi, coauthors of “Super Brain”, …

Living in the Moment

We all have heard to live in the moment. Stay focused on the present. Concentrate on today. We understand that these sayings all have the same …

Mindfulness

Meditation Can Change Your Audition Experience...and Your Life

Over the past two decades, I’ve had the opportunity to instruct, work with, and learn from some absolutely amazing human beings; from actors to …

Meditation

Five Tips for Achieving Inner Peace

1. “Observe your thoughts, use a mantra to override negative thinking.”<p>2. “Be good to others and make them feel as you would like to, without …

An Alzheimer's Drug Has Been Found to Help Teeth Repair Themselves in Just 6 Weeks

We're so down for that!<p>Dental fillings may soon be left in the ash heap of history, thanks to a recent discovery about a drug called …

Breakthroughs

Spending time in nature boosts mental wellbeing, study says

<b>Researchers from the UK found that people with the lowest sense of wellbeing benefited the most from being outdoors.</b><p>There is nothing like a walk in …

Different Types Of Meditation Change The Brain In Different Ways, Study Finds

There’s been a lot of discussion about what kinds of mental activities are actually capable of changing the brain. Some promises of bolstered IQ and enhanced brain function via specially-designed “brain games” have fizzled out. Meanwhile, meditation and mindfulness training have accumulated some …

The Brain

Deep Relaxation For Busy Professionals

One of the primary problems for busy professionals is an inability to completely and fully relax. You would think this is easy, go on a holiday, lie …

Meditation

The mood-boosting mantras wellness pros swear by to banish stress and anxiety

Positive thinking is powerful stuff: It can keep you calm, reduce your stress hormone (cortisol)—and even make your workouts more effective. …

Wellness

Scientists Somehow Just Discovered a New System of Vessels in Our Brains

It is unclear what they do—but they likely play a central role in aging and disease.<p>You are now among the first people to see the brain’s lymphatic system. The vessels in the photo above transport fluid that is likely crucial to metabolic and inflammatory processes. Until now, no one knew for sure …

Neuroscience

Your Brain Sees Faces, Even When You Don't

Can you see something without really seeing it? Your brain can: A new study from Germany finds that a specific neuron in the brain fires up when a …

Generosity makes you happier

Researchers have found a connection between happiness and the performance of selfless acts. Giving to others, they say, activates an area of the …

Imagine Being Able to Explore the Brain Like a Website

The human brain is smaller than most people imagine, it can be held in one hand and weighs about 3 pounds. However, the innocuous looking gray matter …

Neurology

Projecting a visual image directly into the brain, bypassing the eyes

Brain-wide activity in a zebrafish when it sees and tries to pursue prey (credit: Ehud Isacoff lab/UC Berkeley)Imagine replacing a damaged eye with a …

The Brain

12 Ways to Turn Your Crippling Stress into Happiness

Today, whenever I work, stress still lingers in my body like the shadow of my dark past. But now I know how cope with it. Let me teach you how.<p>1. …

Happiness

3 Toxic Behaviors that Drain Your Mental Energy

Let me share three quick stories and some life-changing lessons with you…• “On my nursing shift at the hospital this evening, I was forced into a …

Leukemia

What the Dalai Lama Taught Daniel Goleman About Emotional Intelligence

Two decades before Daniel Goleman first wrote about emotional intelligence in the pages of HBR, he met his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Amherst …

4 Mental Habits to Break If You Want to Be Happier and More Confident

Committing to true happiness is a day-to-day job; it's not enough to simply focus on the positives and hope for the best (though that definitely …

Self-improvement

5 Ways to Rewire Your Brain to Be Positive

How to train yourself to be happier.<p>Whether you realize it or not, the negative experiences you have lived through often influence your decisions. Your brain learns from difficult situations and painful memories, and these experiences get sealed into your brain.<p>Your brain naturally wants to do …

Mindfulness

Ketogenic Diets for Psychiatric Disorders: A New 2017 Review

What can a low-carbohydrate diet do for your mental health?

Diets

How 10 Minutes Of Meditation A Day Changed My Life

Want to Be Happier and Improve Every Aspect of Your Life?<p>I remember my first time reading <i>The Power Of Now</i> by Eckhart Tolle. It completely changed the …

Mindfulness

Productivity vs Presence. Which One is Driving You?

Presence can actually lead to increased productivity. Here's the key ingredient that brings presence and productivity together and out of opposition.<p>The mindfulness and wellness industry is growing fast with over $1 billion in revenues in 2015 (according to IBISWorld), over 1,000 mindfulness apps …

Mindfulness

10 awesome health benefits of doing yoga for just 15 minutes a day

From weight loss to a boost of energy, yoga has many advantages<p>Many of us attend weekly yoga classes, which are good for our general health and …

Wellness