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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Dealing with Disappointment

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!

7 Tips for Becoming More Mindful

By Leena S. Guptha DO on June 20, 2017 in Embodied Wellness
Feeling tired? Stressed out at work? Implementing some mindfulness techniques into your life can work wonders!

Four Steps to Leveraging Mundane Moments to Find Purpose

Been thinking about leaving your "boring" job? Major shifts are not always the answer to finding meaning in life. Learn the art of mindfulness and finding purpose in the mundane.

What Happens When Partners Fight Chronic Pain Together?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
When one partner battles chronic pain, both partners suffer. A new treatment program offers hope—and lessons that can strengthen any relationship.

Mind-Body Practices Downregulate Inflammation-Related Genes

A new systematic review of research on mind-body interventions reports that practices such as meditation or yoga can downregulate the genetic expression of inflammatory cytokines.

A Meditation on Love and Loss

Can Laurie Anderson teach us about love and loss?

The Law of Attraction

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Boundless
Is the Law of Attraction nonsense? Perhaps it holds a grain of truth.

Three Strategies to Overcome Disadvantages

Building on strengths is a great strategy. But what if you feel you don't have enough strengths? What do people do in order to overcome their greatest obstacles in life?

Beyond the Veil: Synchronicity and Near Death Experiences

How the perspective gained from NDEs helps to explain some coincidences.

The Wisdom of "It's Not My Fault"

When we are not caught in self-blame, we are free to love this life. Opening to the possibility of "It’s not my fault" creates space for deep inner freedom.

5 Tools to Heal Your Ability to Love Unconditionally

Before we can experience unconditional love from outside, or give it to our children, we need to give it to ourselves.

Real Love: A Conversation With Sharon Salzberg

By Mark Matousek on May 17, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg talks about the real meaning of love, and how to bring sanity—and compassion—to the turbulent landscape of our times.
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Are You Sure?

By Tara Well Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in The Clarity
Does the question "Are you sure?" leave you feeling anxious? A few tips can help you enjoy the unknown.

The Get Quiet Experiment

By Lybi Ma on May 04, 2017 in Brainstorm
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Meditation Can Improve Your Relationships

Cultivating inner quiet through meditation allows us to contact our truer, deeper feelings. Expressing these more subtle, nuanced feelings creates a climate for intimacy to grow.

New Head Space in Hard Times: 5 Ways to Start Meditating

By Karlyn Crowley Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Woman Power
Need a mental adjustment but not sure where to start? Try on these meditation teasers.

7 Must-Read Books to Change Your Life This Summer

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in Feeling It
After a long winter, here's some serious inspiration for the summer months to boost your happiness and success!

The Inside Story of How Slow Breathing Calms You Down

By Lydia Denworth on April 07, 2017 in Brain Waves
A new study of laid-back mice reveals the connection between slow breathing and tranquility.

Travel Solo, Unlock Your Purpose

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Soul Recovery

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
When the path is illuminated by loving awareness, even the most broken heart will find its way home.
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How to Find Light in the Darkness

By Diana Raab PhD on March 26, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Do you sometimes feel as if the darkness overpowers the light in your life? Here are some tips on bringing the light in.

The Self Illusion and Psychotherapy

The self is an illusion and, as I noted in a recent paper published in Australasian Psychiatry, we can tailor psychotherapy to highjack the mechanisms that create it.

Radical Self-Honesty

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
We can see in our society how dishonesty poisons our world with cynicism and mistrust. This suffering calls for a deepening commitment to being real with ourselves and each other.

When Meditation Is Not Enough

Strategies for bringing mindfulness into everyday life.
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Where Are the Trustworthy Leaders?

By Tara Well Ph.D. on March 16, 2017 in The Clarity
Trustworthy leaders aren’t always easy to spot. Research reveals some not so obvious qualities to look for.

The Challenges of Clinical Practice in Turbulent Times

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Yoga Helps Reduce Symptoms of Depression, Study Finds

Practicing yoga and yogic breathing a few times a week can reduce symptoms of major depressive disorder, according to new research.
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Compassion Is Better than Empathy

By Tara Well Ph.D. on March 04, 2017 in The Clarity
Neuroscientists found why understanding how others feel is better than feeling it for them.

Impact of the I Ching on Carl G. Jung & its implications

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