Meditation Essential Reads

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.

Interview With Jennifer Egan

By Jennifer Haupt on October 22, 2017 in One True Thing
"I always explore whether or not people can change, whether they can escape the circumstances of their past. Sometimes they can, sometimes they can’t."

Is Mindfulness Being Mindlessly Overhyped? Experts Say "Yes"

By Christopher Bergland on October 10, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
"Mindfulness" needs a clearer definition, more rigorous clinical research, and less media hype—according to an urgent call-to-action by 15 experts from over a dozen universities.

Why Your Mind is Better than Pills at Conquering Pain

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Feeling It
Conquering pain and stress with the mind is not only possible—it's powerful.

Young Yogis Rock

By Gail F. Melson Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Why the Wild Things Are
Contemplative practices, like yoga, mindfulness meditation, guided imagery, and relaxation breathing, can help children deal with stress, reduce anxiety, and improve well-being.

Losing Time: Sexual Absorption and the Body

By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on September 03, 2017 in Sense of Time
Absorption during sex is more closely related to desire and satisfaction in women than in man.

What You Need to Know About Stress and Self-Care

By Dan Mager MSW on August 29, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
Like other repetitive experiences, long-term stress rewires the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to fear, anxiety, depression, and yes, more stress. But, there are solutions.

Four Ways to More Restful Sleep

A few simple steps can pave the way to consistently refreshing sleep. A tranquil bedroom arranged for the senses, and a consistent routine are the key.
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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?

How to Live Well with Bipolar Disorder

By David Leite on July 11, 2017 in Notes on a Banana
Bipolar disorder can take it toll. These six life strategies can make all the difference.
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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

By Steve Stankevicius M.D. on March 21, 2017 in The Skeptical Shrink
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 LCAT, MT-BC, MS 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

By Greta Gleissner LCSW on October 18, 2016 in Hope for 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.