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How To Reshape Your Brain and Improve Your Life in Just 5 Minutes a Day

<b>Everyone from Google to the NFL is using this practice, and you should too.</b><p><i>How do you typically start your morning?</i><p>For many of us, starting off on "the right side of the bed" involves almost immediately checking a smartphone or email, and then diving headfirst into a day of hyper-connectedness and …

Mindfulness

A Morning Ritual That Will Make You Feel Like A Jedi

When I was a kid I wanted to be a Jedi. I remember watching Star Wars and would try and have the dishes done by just using the "Force." Or I would try having the lights turn off by just using the "Force." My spiritual practice started with those movies and has continued throughout my life.<p>When I …

Bill Gates

How Your Thoughts Change Your Brain, Cells and Genes

Every minute of every day, your body is physically reacting, literally changing, in response to the thoughts that run through your mind.<p>It's been …

8 Yoga Poses To Do Before You Go to Bed

The benefits of yoga are well documented. It is not only valuable for your physical body, but it is extremely meditative and therefore, great for …

Yoga

Work And Travel: They Don't Work Together How I Thought They Would

I'm sure if you're into travel, you've seen articles everywhere telling you that it's possible to travel the world and earn a living at the same time. I'm here to tell you that if you're looking to build something substantial and do it properly, you should seriously reevaluate your travel plans. …

Digital Nomads

5 Reasons You Should Want To Be A Creative Thinking Genius And How You Can Easily Get Into The Creative Flow

<b>1.The best ideas come from tuning into your creative genius zone.</b> We all have one, we only need to practice accessing it more often. Wouldn't it be great to know exactly how to tune into your creative thoughts whenever you need a boost of inspiration? Bringing your thought process to a higher …

Creativity

6 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Mindfulness And Meditation

When I tell people that I’m a lawyer who teaches other lawyers and professionals to practice mindfulness and meditation, I get a lot of puzzled looks. Lawyers may seem like an unlikely group of professionals to practice mindfulness and meditation, but there’s a growing number of law schools and law …

Mindfulness

Kayla Itsines on the 28-minute workout you can do from home

Kayla Itsines, probably the most influential fitness blogger in the world right now - well that's what the 10 million-and-rising members of her #BBG (Bikini Body Guide) community would tell you at least.<p>Why? Because this 24-year-old Australian has got her motivational patter, and fitness plan, for …

Fitness

The Five-Minute Meditation That Will Stress-Proof Your Mind

<b>By Erin Magner for Well+Good</b><p>We've been conditioned to believe that stress is the ultimate 21st century evil, but Tiffany Cruikshank wants you to know that's not exactly true.<p>As the Yoga Medicine founder and meditation expert explains, our innate stress response is actually super useful; it's what …

Meditation

52 Good Morning Mantras (That Will Change Your Life)

<i>“What day is it?” asked Pooh.<br>“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.<br>“My favorite day,” said Pooh.</i>Here are 52 morning mantras – one for each week of the year …

Meditation

The 7-Step Evening Ritual That Will Make You Happy

Everybody talks about morning rituals to get the day started right. (Even I have.) But <i>ending</i> the day right can be even more important. Why?<p>Because …

Happiness

A 69-year-old monk who scientists call the 'world's happiest man' says the secret to being happy takes just 15 minutes a day

Matthieu Ricard, 69, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk originally from France who has been called "the world's happiest man."<p>That's because he participated in a 12-year brain study on meditation and compassion led by a neuroscientist from the University of Wisconsin, Richard Davidson.<p>Davidson hooked up …

Meditation

How Google And Twitter Train Their Employees To Be More Mindful

From formal courses to online communities, tech giants are realizing that their employees want new tools to solve age-old problems.<p>Leaders at some of the largest tech companies are trying to fix the biggest problem of the century: not enough time in the day.<p>They aren’t fixing the situation with an …

Mindfulness

How to Make Your Mind Happy: 5 Secrets to Mindfulness

Sometimes it seems like your brain just sits around creating lousy feelings and worries. You want this, you’re frustrated about that, you’re annoyed …

Mindfulness

Children's Illustrator Presents Random Fun Facts as Whimsical Drawings

Did you know that scientists have merged jellyfish and feline DNA to create glow-in-the-dark cats? Did you know that the average lead pencil can draw a line 35 miles long? How about the fact that a snail can sleep for up to three years at a time? Using these interesting fun facts and more, …

Drawing

Work out at home: easy exercises to try in 2016

Are you keen to add some healthy habits to your routine in 2016? Exercise can help to ease the stresses of work, boost your endorphins and keep you energised.<p>If you work from home, next time you need a break instead of staring out of the window or getting agitated, why not try a few office-based …

Workouts

Deepak Chopra how to be mindful

Fifteen Minutes<p>Some people don't realize they are biological robots, Deepak Chopra says, but they are.<p>"They are machines. There is no difference between you and your computer," the award-winning author and physician told Business Insider this week while promoting the new documentary he's in, …

Meditation

Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of the most famous public figures in the world, asking for the author’s support in India’s independence from British colonial rule. On December 14, Tolstoy, who had spent the last twenty years seeking the answers to …

The 26 happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free countries in the world

Every year, the Legatum Institute, a London based think-tank releases its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks what it calls the most prosperous countries in the world.<p>The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but the Legatum Institute considered more than …

European Travel

Mindfulness is the Easiest and Hardest Thing To Practice

Allow me to explain this paradox; and then I’ll provide five tips to help you with your practice.<p>Look at your right hand. See the shades of color in …

Meditation Tips for Beginners

Today meditation is ingrained as part of my daily life. Like most I have not always enjoyed the benefits of regular meditation.<p>For me it did not happen over night, though with the right environment, frame of mind, assistance, meditation is within everyone's grasp.<p>I may have been introduced at a …

Meditation

7 Top Tricks To Beat Common Meditation Challenges

Whether you already know how to meditate and love how it calms your brain and lowers your stress levels, or are new to meditation and struggling to …

I do this simple meditation on my walk to work each morning and it's had a huge impact on my life

Meditation has had a huge effect on my life in many small ways. ABC news anchor Dan Harris said it best in his amazing book on mindfulness, it sort of makes you "10% happier." And that's wonderful. I'm only a few months in and can't say I'm 10% happier, maybe 5, but I'm on my way!<p>My regular form of …

Meditation

You Have a Choice: Your Future Can Be Better Than Your Past

<b>“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.” ~Mary Oliver</b><p>On the January 17, …

Having Too Much to Do Isn’t the Problem

<b>“As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the</b> …

16 Incredible Stories of Healing Through Yoga

An oft-debated truism about the nature of pain says that “all suffering is equal.” For many, the notion that starvation or torture and anxiety are on …

Yoga

Broken Hearts Can Lead to Awakened Souls

<b>“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To</b> …

Spirituality

This is the biggest problem people have when they start meditating

"That your mind is out of control," he says.<p>Harris speaks from experience.<p>He's been sitting for about six years. He traced his path to the cushion in the bestselling memoir "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually …

Meditation

The Great Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on How to Do “Hugging Meditation”

“When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings.”<p><i>“I embrace you with all my heart,”</i> Albert Camus wrote in his beautiful letter of gratitude to his childhood teacher shortly after winning the Nobel Prize. To embrace one another with our whole hearts is perhaps the …

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