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Theravada Vipassana Practice

Over the years and throughout various cultures, many techniques and systems of Buddhist practice have been developed, but the essence of awakening is …

Meditation

33 Things to Stop Doing to Your Kids Right Now

In our quest to be a great mom or dad, we often don't see that our actions aren't always best for our children. Now's the time to take off the …

Parenting

6 Fathers on the Potty Training Tricks That Made the Process Easier

Potty training can be really tough. Here's how to make it a little bit more bearable, according to six dads who have gone through it.<p>By<p>Mar 28 2018, …

Diapers

Here are the top 10 reasons I don't believe in God

<i>The following is an excerpt from</i> Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless<i>by Greta Christina. The book is available</i> …

Top 10

There are 4 styles of parenting, but one raises more successful kids than the rest, according to a psychotherapist

Raising kids in today's world is no easy task. From warnings about too much screen time and too many food additives, to the pressure to help your child succeed in school and on the sports field, parenting has become more challenging than ever.<p>Parents are employing specific strategies and coping …

Parenting

A Zen Master Explains the Art of ‘Letting Go’, And It Isn’t What You Think

<b>Thich Nhat Hanh</b>, the Zen Buddhist master, has some interesting advice about what it means to truly let go. Many people mistake detachment or …

30 Old-School Parenting Rules That Still Apply

Tried-and-true childrearing wisdom never goes out of style.<p>We walked to school alone, rode our bikes across town, and knew talking back to our …

Warren Buffett Says This 1 Simple Habit Separates Successful People From Everyone Else | Inc.com

Billionaire Warren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is 87 years old and still capturing the world's attention as the second richest person on the planet (as of this writing).<p>So, how has he done it? Actually, it's not so much about <i>what he has done</i> as it is <i>what he hasn't done</i>. …

Self-improvement

How to Handle Whining, Tantrums, and Other Annoying Kid Behaviors

Is your kid whining, not sharing, or throwing a tantrum? Take a deep breath and teach them how to be less, well, annoying.<p>By<p>Jan 17 2018, 10:00 …

Parenting

Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

In this extract from his new book, Johann Hari, who took antidepressants for 13 years, calls for a new approach<p>• Johann Hari Q&A: ‘I was afraid to dismantle the story about depression and anxiety’<p>In the 1970s, a truth was accidentally discovered about depression – one that was quickly swept aside, …

Depression

This vegetarian sweet potato chili is about to be your new winter comfort food go-to

January is basically a month-long meal-time paradox: Short days and cold weather illicit cravings for comfort food (mac and cheese, anyone?), but …

Healthy Eating

I asked some of the most successful people what books they give as gifts — and there were 5 winners

Self-improvement

Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain<p>Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice …

Meditation

Bad News for the Highly Intelligent

There are advantages to being smart. People who do well on standardized tests of intelligence—IQ tests—tend to be more successful in the classroom …

Psychology

What It Means When a Dude Says He's 'Mostly Straight'

After interviewing dozens of men who proudly claim their left-of-homosexual identities, a researcher explains how they parse their desires.<p>The men who populate Ritch C. Savin-Williams’s book <i>Mostly Straight: Sexual Fluidity Among Men</i>, released last month on Harvard University Press, are—honestly, …

LGBTQI

8 Things a Parent Should Never Say to Their Child

Threatening violence or the loss of love might seem like obvious no-nos, but there are more subtle phrases just as damaging.<p>By<p>Dec 01 2017, 4:16 PM<p>In …

Your child is not your confidant

Many well-meaning parents tend to overshare what’s going on in their personal lives with their kids — whether it’s by telling them about their most recent conflict at work or complaining about issues at home with their partner.<p>But according to psychologists, continuously confiding in your child can …

Parenting

If You’re A Bibliophile, These Literary Tattoos Will Inspire You To Get Inked

There's nothing quite like reading a book. If you're a bibliophile, you know what I am talking about. There's no feeling like holding a book in your …

Here Are Some Tips on How to Start a Freelance Writing Business

How to Start a Freelance Writing Business<p>Updated April 01, 2018<p>Writing is one profession that is especially suited to people who want flexibility in …

Employment

5 Questions That Will Make You Emotionally Strong

Ever been caught in the grip of extreme emotions? I’m gonna guess whatever decision you made next probably wasn’t a good one.When we’re anxious, …

Self-help

A mindfulness expert reveals 7 essential attitudinal qualities for a peaceful and productive life

What’s the secret to feeling calm and focused?<p>It’s not an easy question to answer.<p>So, why do Buddhist monks appear peaceful and present all the …

Stupid Writing Rules: 12 Dumb Things New Writers Tell Each Other

Shares 10<p><i>Stupid writing rules–Beware the Dunning-Kruger Effect.</i><p><b>by Anne R. Allen</b><p>Fake news isn’t our only problem in the era of social media. Fake …

Too Much Screen Time May Make Kids Less Ready for Kindergarten

A new study has found a link between screen time and kids' fundamental school-readiness skills in math, letters and words, and cognitive and social-emotional competencies.<p>We are all guilty of sticking our kids in front of the television so we can get a few things done, like make dinner or return a …

Parenting

Inside Oliver Sacks’s Creative Process: The Beloved Writer’s Never-Before-Seen Manuscripts, Brainstorm Sheets, and Notes on Writing, Creativity, and the Brain

Inside the “buzzing, blooming chaos” of a brilliant mind at work.<p><i>“The act of writing is an integral part of my mental life; ideas emerge, are shaped, in the act of writing… a special, indispensable form of talking to myself,”</i> Oliver Sacks wrote as he reflected on storytelling and the curious …

How J.R.R. Tolkien Redefined Fantasy Stories

<i>This article, and others about one of the most celebrated writers, is featured in</i> Newsweek's Special Edition: J.R.R. Tolkien—The Mind of a …

George Saunders: what writers really do when they write

A series of instincts, thousands of tiny adjustments, hundreds of drafts … What is the mysterious process writers go through to get an idea on to the page?<p>1<p>Many years ago, during a visit to Washington DC, my wife’s cousin pointed out to us a crypt on a hill and mentioned that, in 1862, while …

Books
Literature

Science Says Parents of the Most Successful Kids Do These 10 Things | Inc.com

We all want to lead happy, successful lives. But for parents, there's a time when your priorities shift a bit, and your most important goals start to involve setting your kids up for success and happiness in their own lives.<p>Parental priorities aren't the only factor, of course. There are plenty of …

Self-improvement

How to make your kid good at anything, according to a world expert on peak performance

K. Anders Ericsson has spent 30 years studying people who are exceptional at what they do, and trying to figure out how they got to be so good. His conclusion: in most cases, talent doesn’t matter—practice does.<p>The practice he advocates is not hitting 100,000 golf balls or spending 10,000 hours …

University of Pennsylvania

How Your Birth Order Can Predict the Person You'll Become

What being the oldest, youngest, or middle child means for your future.<p>Want to stir up some controversy amongst siblings? Tell them which one science says is smarter. A recent study about how first-born children are more intelligent than their siblings basically broke the internet as brothers and …

Parenting