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Can't Sleep? Try Meditation

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Sharon Salzberg

Meditation, and mindfulness practices in general, are scientifically proven antidotes to anxiety and stress, as they are about focusing the mind on what is rather than allowing the anxiety or stress itself to take over, and lead the mind into labyrinths of self-judgment, comparison, regret and other rumination.

Holding a Grudge: Is It Worth It?

Martha Pasternack | Posted 07.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Martha Pasternack

How well do you hold a grudge? Do you hang on to resentment, past insults and hurts forever? Is your memory sharp as a tack when it comes to recalling...

5 Simple Ways You Can Help Create Peace in Gaza and Israel

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD

Living far away, it's often hard to know where to start or how to help. So, I began asking people with experience in the region and have identified five simple actions you can take today to support peace for people in Gaza and Israel.

Lovingkindness For Yourself As Well

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Sharon Salzberg

In a way, we all deserve to be happy. That includes you. And as I came to learn, that includes me.

What Makes Men (And Women) Happy? A 75-Year Study's Revelation

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

If the longest running study has found that for men "happiness is love," then it's worth generating more love in our lives. If you do anything this week, take a few minutes out, give yourself this gift and experiment with this practice.

A Simple Way To Move From Anger To Peace

Tara Sophia Mohr | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Sophia Mohr

Usually, we are not, in fact, upset about the facts. We are upset about our interpretations of the facts, and particularly, when we take these facts to mean we are being attacked or rejected in some way.

If We Choose To Pray

Rabbi Wendi Geffen | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Wendi Geffen

Let's pray for the hundreds of people who cling to life, whose limbs were lost, whose lives are shattered. Let's pray for the helpers who run toward chaos instead of away from it.

How Acknowledging Pain Can Help You Get Through It

Tara Brach | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

We bring alive the spirit of Radical Acceptance when, instead of resisting emotional pain, we are able to say "yes" to our experience. The instant we agree to feel fear or vulnerability, greed or agitation, we are holding our life with an unconditionally friendly heart.

When Mindfulness Meets Compassion: Close Encounters in Contemplative Science

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.

As an exploding body of clinical research confirms that mindfulness helps reduce stress and promote healing, learning and neuroplasticity, a parallel line of study on the practice of loving-kindness has begun to converge with exciting new research on positive emotions and the brain.

Wiring the Brain for Better Relationships

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 11.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Writing about kindness and compassion can help our brains tilt toward being more automatically kind and compassionate toward ourselves and others, improving our relationships and healing wounds from the past.

How One Book Changed My Life

Claudia Ricci | Posted 10.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Claudia Ricci

"Lovingkindness" is not a big book. Not at all. It's actually rather small. The pages are very tiny. And her message is not new. And yet, it is monumentally important.

The Unmistakable Importance of Kindness

Paul LaRosa | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul LaRosa

Kindness is an overlooked personality trait. When speaking of our ideal partners, people talk about intelligence, looks, you name it. Kindness is often at the bottom of the list. But when you think about it, isn't kindness what we humans desire most of all?

Excavating The Heart Through Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation

Noah Levine | Posted 03.27.2012 | Religion
Noah Levine

When I first heard the Buddhist teachings on lovingkindness, compassion and forgiveness, I was incredibly skeptical. I saw those heart qualities as undesirable and perhaps unsafe.

Do You Need To Divorce Your Bathroom Scale?

Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

Instead of reflexively renewing your vows or divorcing your scale once and for all, ask yourself, "Has weighing in done more to help or hinder my healthiest intentions?"

Opening The Heart With Lovingkindness

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sharon Salzberg

Everyone loses touch with their aspiration, and we need the heart to return to what we really care about. All of this is based on developing greater lovingkindness and compassion.

4 Good Reasons to Practice Loving Kindness

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Loving kindness has become my secret weapon of choice, for all the times when life gets a bit rough.

What's At The Finish Line?

Priscilla Warner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Priscilla Warner

As the new year begins, I'm sure many people have set grandiose goals for themselves that they are determined to meet, with diligence and hard wo...