All About Meditation

Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known as a mantra. In other words, meditation means turning your attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment. Meditating is deceptively simple. A cartoon from The New Yorker sums it up: Two monks are sitting side by side, meditating. The younger one is giving the older one a quizzical look, to which the older one responds, "Nothing happens next. This is it."

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4 Ways to Train Your Brain to Think Like a Champion

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How to Stop Criticizing Your Appearance

By Tara Well Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in The Clarity
Feeling critical when you look in the mirror? Try this to become more accepting.
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By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on February 21, 2017 in What Matters Most?
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By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on February 18, 2017 in Sense of Time
Why the famous Libet task does not touch on our notion of free will.

Mindful Habits of Top Entrepreneurs!

By Michael Woodward Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Spotting Opportunity
Four simple habits for improving mental well-being from some of America's top entrepreneurs!

David Bowie's Life at the Extremes

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in In Excess
David Bowie was one of the most interesting people that ever lived. With an ever-shifting persona he sometimes lived life at the extremes (addiction and an interest in the occult)
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How New Year's Resolutions Succeed or Fail

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Real but Not True

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on February 13, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
Uninvestigated, our limiting beliefs are a veil between us and reality. But when we deepen our attention and start seeing past them, the light of the stars starts shining through.

New Research Finds Mindfulness Reduces Worry

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on February 09, 2017 in Urban Survival
What mindfulness exercise helps with persistent worry and negative thoughts? Research suggest you try this technique to reduce how much you worry.

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By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Many people think that meditation is about serene, peaceful people with clear minds contemplating soothing thoughts while sitting in silence. Well, think again.

Where Does It Hurt?

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
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By Mark Matousek on January 31, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
The longtime meditation teacher and mindfulness consultant on how to confront the bullies within, and end the way in our own minds.

Eating Disorders and Stress

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By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
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The Solution to Your Mind Wandering Problem

By Rob Henderson on January 30, 2017 in After Service
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Lessons From Luke Skywalker

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on January 26, 2017 in A Sound Mind
It is a gift to have a common intergenerational reference that embodies the hero’s journey in the character of Luke Skywalker.

The Telomere Effect

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5 Ways to Find Focus

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on January 17, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
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An Epiphany

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on January 06, 2017 in A Sound Mind
An unfamiliar voice proposed something radical and completely unexpected. It told me to go to church. This came as a rather huge surprise, as I am a dedicated non-believer.
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By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on January 03, 2017 in Compassion Matters
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By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on December 20, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
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The Naked Truth About Breath and Brain

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
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