Essential Reads

Soul Sadness

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Finding True Refuge
Our soul sadness is fully revealed when we directly and mindfully contact our pain. In such moments, we discover a natural upwelling of compassion and tenderness for our own heart.

Why Time Stops at Near Death

By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in Sense of Time
A new study confirms earlier investigations and anecdotal reports that a majority of individuals with a near-death experience also report the feeling of timelessness.

How-To: Mindfulness-Based Interoceptive Exposure For Pain

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on November 07, 2017 in ExperiMentations
A simple technique techique for relief from chronic pain using mindfulness-based exposure to internal bodily sensations of pain.

Medicating Women's Sexual Desire Still Highly Controversial

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Research reveals that sexual desire is influenced by non-biological factors.

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Books to Seriously Boost Your Happiness in 2018

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Feeling It
Want to boost your efficiency, be happier, and more emotionally intelligent? Take these 10 steps thanks to awesome new books.

Personal Growth and the Mystery of the Self

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in Boundless
Thoughts on depth psychology and the mystery of the self.
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How Mindfulness Can Save the World (Here's One Example)

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on January 16, 2018 in What Matters Most?
A story of a nuclear physicist, a wise mindfulness teacher, and one of the toughest decisions a person can make.

Clear the Roadblocks to Meditation

By William Irwin Ph.D. on January 11, 2018 in It’s Your Choice
Meditation relieves stress, improves health, and augments performance at work. So what’s stopping you? A new book addresses some of the common roadblocks.

Zen and Zoned Out Are Not The Same Thing

For those drawn to Eastern traditions like Zen, yoga, and meditation, practice is key.

Mindfulness and Being Present in the Moment

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on January 07, 2018 in Trauma and Hope
Living in the moment has an abundance of benefits.
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6 Scientific Ways to Boost Your Brain Health

Brain health is the foundation for healthy and successful living, learning, and loving. New research shows living healthier, and meditating can boost your brainpower. Find out why
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The Japanese Garden: A Place of Refuge

By Susan M. Pollak MTS, Ed.D., on December 13, 2017 in The Art of Now
Can a Japanese garden help us find serenity and perspective during the holidays?

Mindfulness and Mind-body Practices in Mental Health Care

Curious about the benefits of meditation and mind-body practices for depressed mood or bipolar disorder? Research findings show improved mood and functioning with regular practice.

Five Ways to Overcome Entrepreneurial Anxiety

By Chloe Brotheridge on December 13, 2017 in A Calmer You
The life of an entrepreneur can be tough - it's not all fun, games and working from home in your sweats. It's often fraught with with specific stressors and challenges.

New Study Finds Meditation With Walking Reduces Anxiety

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on December 10, 2017 in Urban Survival
A new study finds that combining meditation before or after a walk reduces anxiety more than just walking by itself.

Evolutionary Psychology and Enlightenment

Programed for dissatisfaction? Thank your evolutionary roots. Consider enlightenment as a strategy to improve your well-being and to become a better person.

Ten Varieties of Gratitude

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Ambigamy
Gratitude isn't just one thing. In addition to listing all the things you're grateful for today, list the varieties of gratitude.

Enhancing Mental Health For Veterans Through Technology

Artificial Intelligence will enhance mental health support for veterans through the first-ever meditation voice app launching this week in partnership with National Geographic.

The Essential Happiness Skill No One Teaches Us

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on November 07, 2017 in Finding Love
Few of us are taught one of the greatest happiness skills of all: learning to bear our joy. This lovely two-minute practice will teach you exactly how.

Mindfulness Is the Hottest New Trend—But Should It Be?

New research suggests that despite the growing popularity of mindfulness, it might not be so good for you after all.
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3 Definitions of Mindfulness That Might Surprise You

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 01, 2017 in What Matters Most?
What to know what is actually meant by the word "mindfulness"? Science provides an answer.

A Five-Step Approach to the Opioid Epidemic, Part 2 of 2

By Dan Mager MSW on October 31, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
Make no mistake: there is no magic bullets and no quick fixes to this crisis. However, there are several critical steps that can help us make meaningful progress toward solutions.

The Surprising Power of an Unscratched Itch

Could you use a little more self-control in your life? Good news! You can start to acquire it, right here and now.

Feeling Stressed, Anxious, and Alone?

Feeling stressed, anxious, and alone? Research shows how to regain your peace of mind

How to Have Lucid Dreams

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on October 15, 2017 in Dream Factory
Researchers tested the effectiveness of three common lucid dreaming techniques.

Darkness of the Womb

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
In challenging times, there are four key ways of paying attention that can allow for suffering to be transformative.
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When Trust Hits Rough Waters, Flow Like a River

We have an ever-present source of happiness and wisdom inside us, all the time.

So You Think You Can't Meditate?

A common misconception about meditation is that we need to clear our mind of thoughts. Not true — meditation is simply noticing our thoughts — and everyone can do it.

Equanimity: A Practice for Troubled Times

Can the practice of equanimity help us weather the storms of life?

10 Tips for Managing the Overwhelming Stress of Trying Times

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Feeling bombarded by record-breaking natural disasters, the opioid epidemic, and ongoing political and social strife? Here are 10 key tips for managing stress during trying times.

Yoga Practice

By Itai Ivtzan Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Mindfulness for Wellbeing
How to increase psychological and physiological well-being as part of yoga practice.

6 Healthy Reasons to Wake Up Earlier

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on September 26, 2017 in Minding the Body
Get your day off on the right foot. Making time for wellness first thing in the morning sets a positive tone for your whole day.

Hillary Clinton Is Doing Pranayama

Alternate nostril breathing is good for PTSD and mental health.