Meditation Essential Reads

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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What Does Mindfulness Have to Do With Intimacy?

Mindfulness can help our relationships by connecting us with what lives most deeply within ourselves.

Can You Meditate While Driving?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
A new book describes how mindfulness behind the wheel can make you a more relaxed, more focused, and safer driver.

7 Ways to Be Awe-Inspired in Everyday Life

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 01, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
It is possible to experience the spark of awe in everyday life. Here are seven research-supported recommendations for how to do so.
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Meditation Helps Eating Disorder Recovery

When people are recovering from an eating disorder, anxiety and stress can cause them to react through harmful behaviors. Meditation is crucial to a healthy recovery.

Gaining Happiness by Losing Yourself

By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Sense of Time
A novel scientific perspective on happiness and a potential to treat mental disorders.

Staying in the Present Can Bring Happiness

Staying present it one of the most effective ways to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression, trauma, and suffering. Here's how to do it.

5 Ways Origami Boosts Mindfulness

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on September 02, 2016 in Urban Survival
Looking to branch out from the mindful coloring books? Origami is a beautiful calming craft that can enhance your mindfulness.

A Simple Exercise to Boost Optimism (And Improve Health)

This visualization exercise is easy (and fun) to do and research shows it can have big payoffs.

How To Manage ADHD Without Drugs

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Think Well
Here are seven nonmedical methods that help people with ADHD.
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Why Change Is So Hard

Change is hard only if you think it's so.

The Marketing of Mindfulness

Mindfulness for mind-blowing sex?

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Dramatically Reduces Inflammation

There is growing evidence that stimulating the vagus nerve can improve well-being in many ways—including the reduction of chronic inflammation.

Can We Take the Eye Out of the Adolescent Storm?

The self-help industry is a $10 billion a year industry and Los Angeles is arguably the capital. However, is it even effective?

3 Ways Meditation Improves Relationships - Backed by Science

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on May 03, 2016 in Feeling It
Meditation can seem like a lonely activity, even a selfish one —after all, you're doing something, on your own, for yourself. But research shows it makes you a better partner.

Mindfulness Is Oversold

By Peter D Kramer on April 27, 2016 in In Practice
Has mindfulness therapy been oversold? A new paper suggests that it has—and that psychotherapy research in general may be in crisis.

The Little-Known Downsides of Mindfulness Practice

Recent research uncovers some potentially serious pitfalls.

What Happens When Prejudiced People Meditate?

A new study finds that meditation can be a good vehicle for reducing prejudice towards the "other" who is not part of one's own ethnic group.

If Mindfulness Is This Popular, Why Is Everyone So Mindless?

There is a gap between hype and reality about benefits of mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness Training Optimizes Brain Connectivity

Researchers have pinpointed how mindfulness triggers brain changes that can help people—who are “stuck” in a rut of repetitive thinking and rumination—turn off negative thoughts.