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The Joy of Effort

When explaining meditation, the Buddha often drew analogies with the skills of artists, carpenters, musicians, archers, and cooks. Finding the right …

Meditation

A New App Illuminates the Hidden Histories of Everyday Places

'Poetic Places' uses geolocation to hit you up when you happen across a place described or recorded in literature, poetry, and paintings.<p>Walk around any city and you'll find indications of its past, be they buildings, place names, or other markers. But a lot of its stories, both historic and in …

Apps

This Is Your Brain on Nature

When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor.<p><b>When you head out</b> to the desert, David Strayer is the kind of man you want behind the wheel. He never texts or talks on the phone while driving. He doesn’t even approve of eating in the …

Lee Kuan Yew

Brit + Co

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Health

A metaphorical model of the mind

How can a monkey, an elephant and a lizard help you reach your goals? Let me tell you a story.<p>We all have brains, but they don’t come with an …

Seven Zen Stories That Could Open Your Mind

For centuries, Zen masters have used stories and koans, or paradoxical riddles, to help students realize their true nature. These stories are often …

Meditation

Great Writers on the Power of Music

Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Aldous Huxley, Oliver Sacks, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Friedrich Nietzsche, and more.<p><i>“Music is the best means we have of digesting time,”</i> Igor Stravinsky once remarked (a remark often misattributed to W.H. Auden). <i>“Music is the sound wave of the soul,”</i> the wise and …

Literature

One Simple Phrase That Can Bring You Joy, Peace and Happiness

<i>This article originally appeared on Completed Thoughts.</i><p>I feel fortunate to be able to say that most of the time I feel happy and calm, and that is for many reasons. However, this was not always the case and there is one short little phrase which played a major role in transforming my life.<p><b>This</b> …

Patience is the Wrong Word

<i>Patience has a certain impatience built into it. In Zen the word is “constancy.” Instead of patience, constancy is a kind of dedication to what you</i> …

Spoof Ladybird Book 'We Go To The Gallery' Aims To Explain Modern Art To Children

A comical spoof of the traditional Ladybird books featuring Peter and Jane is gaining attention on social media.<p>We Go To The Gallery written by …

Art

13 Free Things on the Internet You Should Be Using

Why pay when you can get it for free?<p>Books<p>You can always borrow physical books at the library, but if you have a phone—or better yet, an e-reader—you …

Grateful Dead

29 Amazing Literary Magazines You Need To Be Reading

And you thought your reading list was long already...

My ruminating anxiety put me in a state of not really living. But I’m learning to wake up

Little do I know that this question – this silly, rudimentary question – is about to change my life. Because my answer to this question reveals something profound about how I am living my life. I am not living my life mindfully. I am not mindful. I am not really living.<p>Summer 2013, and I am still …

Gratitude: yes please or no thanks?

I’ve long espoused the benefits of gratitude. But critics have a point<p>Recently, the social critic Barbara Ehrenreich wrote an essay criticising the fashionable notion of gratitude as a path to happiness. This prompted an amusing spectacle: the proponents of gratitude attempted to demolish her …

That Dragon, Cancer: the video game that takes death seriously

A grieving father’s heartbreaking memorial for his son demonstrates that the genre can be about more than entertainment<p>Video games have long enjoyed making entertainment out of conflict, but mainly from the infantilisation and the belittling of what is at its heart. As Simon Parkin explored in his …

Why is China’s greatest novel virtually unknown in the west?

Dream of the Red Chamber is a masterpiece that has been called the ‘book of the millennium’ and it is high time it receives the attention it deserves<p>When I was a graduate student in Oxford many years ago I shared a house with a brilliant German sinologist who used to push translations my way, …

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Toxic toads, a feeding wolf and rare Grevy’s zebras are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

How to Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) Any Which Way

We think of sandwiches, granola bars, and muffins as great on-the-go snacks. But rice? In most cities in the U.S., you'd be hard-pressed to find a commuter snacking on rice (unless it's puffed and in the form of a cereal bar).<p>The same is not true in Japan, where they understand the importance of …

Recipes

Here's How Meditation Reduces Inflammation And Prevents Disease

A new study reveals the neurobiological effects of the practice.<p>Science has shown that mindfulness meditation can have a positive impact on a huge range of health conditions, including cancer, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The practice has even been found to slow HIV progression …

What Frank O’Hara poems reveal about post-internet brains

As if 2016 hadn’t already provided enough of a reminder that even sexually ambiguous geniuses are only mortal in the end, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Frank O’Hara. During his lifetime the New York poet was more famous for his curatorial work at MoMA than his writing, but in …

Literature

Photographer reveals parallel worlds in the puddles of Toronto - in pictures

An amateur photographer based in Toronto takes magical pictures of reflections in puddles in his hometown. Guido Gutierrez Ruiz shoots his pictures on a smartphone and publishes them on Instagram

Meet the new you: a self-help guide to shake you up

Overhauling your life, whether it’s your home, job or your relationship, can seem an impossible task. But these five self-help gurus are here to get you started<p>Rohan Gunatillake, the mind cleanser: ‘Society shouldn’t be trapped in a dysfunctional relationship with the technologies on which it …

Marie Kondo

Coffee project based on Big Issue model gets London launch

Change Please will train baristas, pay living wage and underwrite tenancies for workers who would otherwise struggle to rent a property<p>The British public’s itch for a daily fix of gourmet coffee is to be harnessed to provide jobs and housing for the country’s growing population of rough …

Syrian Refugees Publish Their Own Magazine

<b>Zaatari Camp,</b> Jordan — “We know the camp’s problems because we live here,” says 19-year-old Mohamad Heraki, outside of a tent hosting a photography workshop.<p>Heraki is part of a growing team of journalists based in the Zaatari refugee camp who produce the camp’s only magazine, The Road. Launched in …

Kiron University: Open only for refugees

<b>(CNN) —</b> Imagine a university that could provide an education to refugees, wherever they are in the world, for free.<p>Not only would this give displaced people a higher chance of employment in their new countries, but it would provide a social and professional network where they can meet others facing …

CNN

Watch “The Poetry of Perception”: Harvard Animates Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson & William Carlos Williams

Two years ago, a series of animated science videos began to pop up on a Vimeo account called HarvardX Neuroscience. As its name suggests, it's coming …

Literature

Top 10 memorable meals in literature

Ten classic tales served by literary masters ranging from Marcel Proust to Virginia Woolf, Günter Grass to Nora Ephron and TC Boyle<p>Alexandre Dumas, in his Grand Dictionary of Cuisine<i>,</i> defined dinner as “a major daily activity, which can be accomplished in worthy fashion only by intelligent people. …

Emily Dickinson's Words, Visualized

How do we perceive the world? It's a question that neuroscience has sought to tackle, but which poets and artists have pursued for even longer. The Fundamentals of Neuroscience, a MOOC from Harvard University, is presenting a series of artistic ruminations on the nature of sensation called <i>Poetry of</i> …

Emily Dickinson

The Art of Not-Having-to-Ask, from Buddhist Monks to Amanda Palmer by Way of Thoreau

How to unlearn everything our transactionalist culture has taught us about “the market” and relearn our natural open-handed generosity.<p>In the fall of 2014, I sat down with friend, collaborator, and kindred spirit Amanda Palmer for a conversation about what Thoreau can teach us about accepting …

Spirituality

If 2014 was the year of mindfulness, 2015 was the year of fruitlessly trying to debunk it

Meditation is everywhere: on holiday packages, in clinics and in workplaces. But the backlash, questioning whether and why it works, misses the point<p>Each week my group meditation class grows. New faces arrive, mostly young women in their 20s whose refrain is the same: they can’t sleep properly at …