Mindfulness & Peace

4 Questions To Ask Yourself Every Morning That Can Change Your Brain

The average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000, or around the time the mobile revolution began, to eight seconds – a 33 percent drop. Goldfish, meanwhile, are believed to have an attention span of nine seconds. – The Telegraph (UK) Think about this question: Do you have control of your brain? Really give it...

8 Things To Remember When You Feel Broken Inside

This life certainly likes to push us to our limits, but sometimes, it all seems like too much and we fall into a black abyss of despair and hopelessness. Feeling broken doesn’t mean that you should just give up entirely, however; it just means you need to take a step back and let those feelings come...

A Scientist Reveals What Being Near The Ocean Actually Does To Your Brain

There is something magical about a large body of water. A stretch of ocean across the coastline with never ending waves; a large flat lake glistening in the early morning mist; a quiet, dark pool at the bottom of a waterfall. A river passing by on its way to the ocean. These are nature’s incredible...

Aging In The Brain Can Be Reversed By Dancing

With age, comes a steady downfall in our mental and physical health and often conditions like Alzheimer’s make it even worse. The open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neurosciencepublished a new paper that says that taking part in regular exercise and similar physical activity can reduce and even reverse the signs of aging and out of...

How to Ask for What You Want and Need (No, It’s Not Selfish)

“It’s not selfish to put yourself first—it’s self-full.” ~Iyanla Vanzant I’ve always thought of myself as individualistic. When I was a teenager, I often felt the desire to go against the grain, dressing alternatively and shunning bands my peers liked because I felt they were too popular. So it came as a huge surprise to...

Dealing with Disappointing Relationships: Change Your Expectations

“If you can’t change the circumstances, change your perspective.” ~Unknown Sometimes it feels as if you are completely in control of your life, but when it comes to relationships there’s always the other person. In a relationship, you can’t be the puppeteer. People have their own emotions, behaviors, actions, beliefs, scars, wounds, fears, dreams, and perspectives. They are...

How I Turned Fear and Anxiety into Joy and Fulfillment

“The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.” ~Alain de Botton I know fear and anxiety. We’re old friends. When I was fifteen, and school was over, I’d have to force one foot in front of the other. It was time to...

Facing the Fear of Change: Big Risks Can Bring Big Rewards

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ~Barack Obama If someone said to you, “Hey, you know how you are feeling the need for change and you’re not...

“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.” Thich Nhat Hanh on Mastering the Art of “Interbeing”

Thich Nhat Hanh argues that love is not merely a feeling, an action, or something that is altogether undefinable. Instead, he claims that love is a way of being, and the most rewarding of all human experiences: “understanding is love’s other name.” And according to Buddhism, all human beings require understanding. To put it another...

Harvard-Trained Brain Researcher Says a Stroke Showed Her the Answers to the Mystery of Life

It sounds like the start of a bad joke: So a Harvard brain researcher has a stroke… The punchline on this one is amazing, though: As she lost access to half of her brain, she was able to contemplate what was happening and share her incredible, remarkable insight. Doctor Jill Bolte Taylor, a respected neuroanatomist, had...

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