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My 40-Year-Old Face and Other Big Birthday Revelations

Michelle Kennedy | Posted 02.01.2016 | Comedy
Michelle Kennedy

I spend a lot more time looking at my wrinkles these days. I'm certain my forehead and neck have acquired at least eight new half-moon creases overnight. Vanity sometimes drags me into old photo albums, where I flip pages reminiscing and coveting my "younger face."

Carolyn Gregoire

Buddhist Teacher Jack Kornfield On Cultivating Gratitude Through Mindfulness | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living

In some Buddhist traditions, there's a prayer in which one makes a rather unusual request of the universe: Bring me challenges and obstacles. "In ...

Unplug And Recharge: My Week Without Internet

Ellie Knaus | Posted 11.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Ellie Knaus

While I can't claim that one unplugged week has cured me of the compulsion to check for Facebook likes, I'm going to make a conscious effort to spend less time in the virtual world and more time tuned in to my experience in the present moment.

7 Days Of Silence: How To 'Win' At Meditation

Ellie Knaus | Posted 11.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Ellie Knaus

My first days of meditation sitting were glorified naptimes. When my thoughts quieted, I fell asleep. But after a couple days of practice, I was able to stay awake during these periods of respite. I like to think my center of consciousness migrated back to my heart.

10 Ways Meditation Can Change Your Life

MeiMei Fox | Posted 07.05.2012 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

I'm just an ordinary person who couldn't sit still for an hour when she first signed up for a Vipassana retreat yet has benefitted tremendously from the simple and challenging practice.

Jaweed Kaleem

What Is The Future Buddhism In America? | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion

GARRISON, N.Y. -- Backed by the nation’s largest Buddhist magazines and meditation centers, a recent invite-only gathering at an old monastery in th...

Religious Retreats To Recharge The Spirit This Summer (PHOTOS)

Posted 08.06.2011 | Religion

HuffPost Religion contributors and editors selected some of our favorite religious retreat destinations just in time for summer vacation. From denomin...

Summer Vacation? 'Nothing' Doing

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

Having just attended a silent Vipassana meditation retreat at Spirit Rock in woodsy Woodacre, I can report that sitting still and doing nothing was, in fact, the primary activity on my summer vacation.

The Four Noble Truths

Noah Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Noah Levine

The Buddha taught that life by its very nature is unsatisfactory, that some level of difficulty exists for all unenlightened beings in creation.

The Four Noble Truths of the Revolutionary Path to Freedom

Noah Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Noah Levine

The first teachings the Buddha gave after his enlightenment were the four noble truths. This giving of the truths is often referred to as the setting in motion of the wheel of Dharma.