- May 1st, 2014
Ten percent of adults suffer from depression in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a staggering number of people who cannot find contentment within themselves or the world around them.How meditation can remove the root of depressionBy Sister Jenna
- May 1st, 2014
Several of San Francisco’s middle and high schools have recently adopted the idea of “quiet time.” Studies of these schools have shown a 45 percent drop in suspensions, a 98 percent attendance rate, and a 10 percent improvement on test scores. The quiet time comes in the form of two stress-reducing 15-minute transcendental meditation sessions.
- February 1st, 2014
Some people believe that meditation emphasizes exotic, otherworldly experiences over more tangible benefits. Not so! The PBS documentary titled The New Medicine provides strong evidence that regular meditation reduces stress and encourages a healthier, longer, and more cheerful life.Meditations for the here and nowBy William Blake
- January 1st, 2014
Why Diets Fail (Because You’re Addicted to Sugar): Science Explains How to End Cravings, Lose Weight, and Get Healthy
(Ten Speed Press, 2013) by Nicole M. Avena, PhD, and John R. Talbott
- January 1st, 2014
When we experience negative emotions—such as those present during periods of anxiety or depression—our brains prompt us to fight, run away, or freeze with fear as if we are confronted by a serious threat. But, despite the sad terrain we sometimes traverse, we are rarely faced with true crises.Understanding and embracing the role of emotions in well-beingBy Kai Swigart, PhD, MFT
- October 1st, 2013
A new brain study by researchers at Yale University showed that people who meditate regularly are able to switch off parts of the brain associated with anxiety, schizophrenia, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, and other problems.By Matthew B. James, PhD
- September 1st, 2013
“Try not to think. Quiet your mind.”
Meditation can sound daunting, mysterious. What is quiet? What is empty? It’s not completely understood. Much interest and information surrounds meditation, yet it remains elusive to many.
The main stumbling block is attaining inner quiet. “I can’t shut my brain off” is a common defeated observation.A path to quiet meditationBy Mary Ann Peterson, LAc, MAcOM
- July 1st, 2013
As a Harvard-trained cardiologist, I see the value in modern Western medicine for heart-related diseases. However, 20-plus years of experience has taught me that heart health is much more than just caring for the physical organ that pumps blood throughout the body.Holistic therapies for heart healthBy Cynthia Thaik, MD
- June 1st, 2013
Despite the richness of the English language, we wrestle to express the connection between the mind and the body in non-dichotomous terms. Our metaphors, however, have no such problems. We speak of heartache, of someone getting under our skin, or of being a pain in the neck. Sometimes the metaphors are connected to quite similar manifestations in our bodies.Mind-body practices for easing conception and well-beingBy Victoria Maizes, MD
- May 1st, 2013
Have you ever wanted to meditate but just didn’t know how to start? This month’s Inner Balance can put you on the right path—and it’s easier than you’d think.
Excerpted from the new book Effortless Mind: Meditate with Ease by Ajayan Borys. Published with permission of New World Library (newworldlibrary.com).