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A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health

“Look on the sunny side of life.”<p>“Turn your face toward the sun, and the shadows will fall behind you.”<p>“Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.”<p>“See the glass as half-full, not half-empty.”<p>Researchers are finding that thoughts like these, the hallmarks of people …

Zen masters say we’re all like Trump and should just accept it

Ask not what you can do for your country but what you can do for yourself.<p>Yes, President John F. Kennedy said the opposite at his inauguration in 1961. But times have changed and Zen masters say that to engage effectively during Donald Trump’s presidency, we must first turn inward.<p>Getting angry …

Buddhism

Alejandro G. Inarritu on Mindfulness Documentary ‘Walk With Me’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Inarritu has spoken exclusively to Variety about his support for documentary “Walk With Me,” about mindfulness …

Documentaries

Actually, Let’s Not Be in the Moment

I’m at the kitchen sink, after a long day of work and kids and chores and the emotional exhaustion of a toxic election season, attempting to mindfully focus on congealed SpaghettiOs. My brain flits to the Netflix queue. I manhandle my thoughts back to the leaky orange glob in front of me. My brain …

Mindfulness
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Superhuman Abilities of Himalayan Monks Stun Harvard Scientists

By Vandita | We Are Anonymous<p>Most of us have a fairly good idea that brains of Buddhist monks function far beyond most humans’ capabilities and that …

The Science of Meditation's Effects on Aging

<b>By: Rina Deshpande</b><p>A growing body of research supports the immediate benefits of meditation, such as reduced stress and anxiety levels, lower blood pressure, and enhanced happiness. Studies on mindfulness interventions show these effects are common in as few as eight weeks. While these initial perks …

Longevity

Leave Your Religion If.

Would We Be Better Off Without Religions?<p><i>“Imagine there’s no countries</i><p><i>It isn’t hard to do</i><p><i>Nothing to kill or die for</i><p><i>And no religion too</i><p><i>Imagine all the</i> …

Happiness arises from the seat of consciousness in the brain

Emotions and a feeling of contentment with life come together in the precuneus part of the brain to generate a feeling of happiness, says a …

The Brain

This Buddhist Monk Has Unlocked The Secret To Happiness, And It May Help Us Save The Environment

Matthieu Ricard has lived many lives.<p>As a young student in Paris during the late 1960s, he was writing his dissertation in biochemistry at the prestigious Institute Pasteur. Five years later, guided by an inner stirring to explore a deeper side of life, he was living Darjeeling, India, where he had …

Buddhism

Jack Kerouac on How to Meditate

An intoxicating homage to the ancient practice that milks the brain’s “good glad fluid.”<p>Centuries after Montaigne contemplated the double meaning of meditation and decades before Western science confirmed what Eastern philosophy has known for millennia — that meditation is our greatest gateway to …

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Consciousness

Thích Nhât Hanh’s Beautiful First Words since Stroke last November.

<i>“Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive. Fully aware.” ~ Thích Nhât Hanh</i><p>Thich Nhat Hanh has spoken his first words …

Buddhism

Is there life after death? By Thich Nhat Hanh

Is there life after death? By Thich Nhat Hanh Short film (about 15 minutes).

Thich Nhat Hanh

The Benefits of Good Emotional Hygiene

The Dalai Lama uses the term "emotional hygiene" to urge us to get our disturbing emotions -- anger, frustration, anxiety -- under better control. Then, he says, adopt an attitude of concern for others, and act from that stance.<p>In the emotional intelligence world emotional hygiene falls under …

Compassion

This Is Your Brain on Stress

Hey man, don’t stress me out! We’ve all experienced stress from threats (physical, social, and financial), fears, and uncertainty, Stress isn't just …

Neuroscience

Mindfulness of breathing meditation

This is an experiment in translating the guided meditation process into writing. It’s not a replacement for actual seated meditation, but you can use …

Buddha belly: Meditation may ease gut ailments

If you thought meditation was only good for your emotional well-being, think again. A new study shows that meditation may actually alleviate the symptoms of two gut disorders by altering certain genetic signals.<p>The study looked at people who had either irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or irritable …

Digestion

Remember This Before Judging Someone Who Annoys You

<b>“We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior.” ~Stephen Covey</b><p>It happened again! A different place, a different person. But …

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 …

Forever young: Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in the brain

Since 1970, life expectancy around the world has risen dramatically, with people living more than 10 years longer. That’s the good news.<p>The bad news …

Giles Coren on mindfulness: ‘It is cynical capitalist techno smegma’ – Now. Here. This.

Posted at 8:00 am, January 27, 2015 in Fun London<p><i>@Flickr: sam</i><p>Take a deep breath as Giles Coren gives the cult of ‘mindfulness’ a piece of his mind.<p>We …

Mindfulness

Mind Over Matter: Positive Thinking Via Mindfulness Meditation Shown To Have Measurable Effects On Cancer Patients’ DNA

A Canadian study has provided further proof in the power of positive thinking. Researchers from the University of Calgary have succeeded in measuring …

Mindfulness’ “truthiness” problem: Sam Harris, science and the truth about Buddhist tradition

Sam Harris wants practitioners out of religion business. But the supposed science behind it is its own mythology<p>The spike of popular interest in the mindfulness movement, with its enthusiastic endorsements among celebrities, politicians, CEOs and other movers and shakers, has made its champions …

Mindfulness

Stress, the Brain and the Neuroscience of Success

In the last 10 years, a new field of neuroscience has mapped the mental zone that can literally change the brain to quiet an overly active stress response system and simultaneously pave the way for higher brain networks to perform at optimum. The more we function from this mental zone, the less we …

The Brain