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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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 Ph.D. 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

Can mindfulness help us stay sane in turbulent times? Even some humorous metaphors can guide us

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

Cross-cultural information and knowledge exchange, contacts, and influences have transformed the field of psychology. Taoist psychology is an inspiration for Jungian psychology.

12 Quick Mini-Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Body

By Meg Selig on March 01, 2017 in Changepower
Even if you don't have the time or the desire for a formal meditation practice, you can benefit from these 12 mini-meditations of 30 seconds or less. Find peace of mind ASAP!
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If You Like Chocolate, You’ll Love Peace of Mind

Developing a non-judgment mindset requires us to shift from expectations to preferences.

A Light in the Window

By Susan Hooper on February 27, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
A walk on a warm winter evening triggered feelings of serenity mixed with sadness.

Meditation Reduces Anxiety

Is the stress of daily life wearing you out? A few simple mindfulness practices can go a long way.

Discovering the Gold

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
When we lock into a sense of falling short and the fear of failure, mindfulness and compassion practices help us to wake from this trance and remember who we really are.

4 Ways to Train Yourself to Be Mentally Tougher

Your brain can be your best asset or your worst enemy. It's important to train it well.
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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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5 New, Short Mindfulness Activities

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on February 21, 2017 in What Matters Most?
One of the most popular mindfulness activities is referred to as "the mindful pause." Now, there are 5 variations for using this popular practice!

The timing of free will

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

Why change is so hard and why it doesn't have to be.

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.

Churning Dirty Water With Jessica Pimentel

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
The wounds in our life are so often related to severed belonging. Healing is possible, and begins with the question: Where does it hurt?

Make Peace With Your Mind: A Conversation With Mark Coleman

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

For individuals suffering from an eating disorder, environmental and social factors may heighten stress levels and cause destructive mental and behavioral patterns.

7 Exercises That Reduce Stress Better Than "Trying to Relax"

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Sometimes willing yourself out of a stress cycle just doesn't work. Here's what can.

The Solution to Your Mind Wandering Problem

By Rob Henderson on January 30, 2017 in After Service
Are you often distracted? Some tips to stay focused.