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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Meditation, Mindfulness, and Endurance Sports

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on August 19, 2017 in Boundless
David talks with Meredith Atwood about meditation and endurance sports.
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The Lunar Eclipse and Your Shadow

By Diana Raab PhD on August 16, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
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By Michael Castleman M.A. on August 15, 2017 in All About Sex
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By Peter Bregman on August 14, 2017 in How We Work
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Is disrespect wearing you down? Some ways to begin making a difference.
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Dealing with Loneliness

By Tara Well Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in The Clarity
Six ways loneliness can help you improve your relationship with yourself and others.

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Cultivate your capacity to be mindful and you enhance your ability to respond to rather than react to anger.

My Summer as a Peaks Freak

By Joan Ullman M.A. on July 26, 2017 in Uncharted Customs
David Lynch's return of his surreal TV series traces the origins of evil to in our world to our country's first atom bomb test and to our use of the bombs on Japan.
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The No-Makeup Look Creates a Dilemma for Women

By Tara Well Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in The Clarity
Research explains the pros and cons of going barefaced.
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The Stress of Competition: Alleviating Athletes' Anxiety

By Jay Winner M.D. on July 22, 2017 in Stress Remedy
Competition-related stress is universal. How can you minimize distress and maximized performance?

The Awakening Body

By The Book Brigade on July 21, 2017 in The Author Speaks
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The Optimism Challenge: Specific Strategies

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Boundless
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Promising New Treatment for Depression

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in Memory Medic
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By David Leite on July 11, 2017 in Notes on a Banana
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No Time for Mindfulness? Think Again.

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Trusting Our Hearts

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on July 05, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
When we bring mindfulness and compassion to our own doubt and fear and notice the goodness in ourselves and others, we begin to trust the intrinsic love that is our deepest nature.

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By Tara Well Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in The Clarity
Disappointment can be an opportunity to get clarity on what you really want — get it!

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By Leena S. Guptha DO on June 20, 2017 in Embodied Wellness
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By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
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Mind-Body Practices Downregulate Inflammation-Related Genes

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A Meditation on Love and Loss

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The Law of Attraction

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Boundless
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Beyond the Veil: Synchronicity and Near Death Experiences

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