If you could pinpoint one thing that makes you happy, what would it be? Find out what the research team at Harvard discovered after sifting through data from a 75-year study on happiness.
After years of meditating, I still have a lot of trouble just sitting down to meditate. I need something to focus my mind before I sit still. So I always begin with a pre-meditation breathing sequence that settles my mind so I can practice seated meditation with ease. One of the most powerful things about the […]
Your heart rate speeds up … your blood pressure soars … your breathing gets shallow … your palms start sweating … your mind begins to spin … sounds familiar? These are all normal symptoms of the acute stress response commonly known as fight or flight. The next two things I say shouldn’t surprise you: 1. Our culture […]
Gratitude practices are well known for their ability to fight a case of the blues. When you’re feeling down, it’s the best time to focus on the things in you’re life that your grateful for. Not only has gratitude been found to lift spirits and happiness levels, but research says a consistent gratitude practice can […]
Meditation exercises the mind in the same way we exercise our body. This “brain training” can help us deal with stress in a healthy way. And since health issues like cardiovascular disease, anxiety, addiction, sleeplessness, and other ailments are at least in some part stress-induced, meditation has the power to reduce the symptoms of some […]
A lot of type As want to know why they should spend their precious time meditating. I should know—I’ve had type A tendencies my entire life. I always need to see proof before dedicating time to a new practice. Over the last decade, top-notch researchers have been working hard to prove that meditation is chock […]
This is our first guest post! Health Perch created an infographic for us on the benefits and basics of meditation. Find out—in a fun and visual way—just how much a few minutes of daily meditation can do for your health.
It’s a well-known fact that meditation is particularly helpful during times of stress. The problem is, that can also be when meditation is the most difficult. The long-term goal is to really formulate a consistent practice that helps you manage everyday stress so that it doesn’t spiral out of control. But life doesn’t always follow […]
This conversation between Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the eight-week mindfulness-based stressed-reduction program, and Soren Gordhamer, founder of the Wisdom 2.0 conference, was one of my favorite sessions from Wisdom 2.0 this year. It’s full of humor, inspiring quotes, research, and interesting perspectives on why mindfulness is gaining interest in America. It opens with a meditation, which […]
The first thing you do when you wake up will set the tone for your entire day. If you want to move through your day with ease, energy, awareness and confidence, start your day with activities that encourage those states of mind. If you want to move through your day feeling anxious and irritated, there […]