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Zen Master Explains What It Really Means When People Say “I Love You”

You already know that “I love you” is a huge step to take in any relationship. That much is clear. But how do you know if it’s the right step to take in your relationship? I mean, how do you know if they actually mean it? And more importantly, how do you

Theanine: a 4000 Year Old Mind-Hack

Monks have been drinking tea for thousands of years to maintain a state of “mindful alertness” during long periods of meditation. But only in the last few years have studies shed light on why tea has this effect on the mind. The two elements responsible for this are caffeine and L-theanine, and it is the combination of the two that makes tea unique from any other drink.Spare Me the Science: What L-theanine and Caffeine can do for the Mind Promote a mindful state of relaxation Increase our
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Life Lessons from a Man Who’s Seen More Than Ten Thousand Deaths

Rooted in the hearts of many Hindus is the belief that if you breathe your last in Kashi (Varanasi) you attain what is popularly known as ‘Kashi Labh’ or ‘the fruit of Kashi’—moksh or “release from the cycle of rebirth impelled by the law of karma”.Kashi Labh Mukti Bhawan in Varanasi is one of the three guesthouses in the city where people check in to die. The other two are Mumukshu Bhawan and Ganga Labh Bhawan. Established in 1908, Mukti Bhawan is well-known within the city and
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11 Healthy Habits to Follow for If You Want to Have a Long Life

Fifteen years ago I was being driven around Cardiff by a Welsh taxi driver who was smart, fit and healthy. He was around 80 years old and I asked him to share some tips with me to having a long and happy life. To that, he only said: “Don't eat an English breakfast.”A supercentenarian from France, Jeanne Calment, died in 1997 at the age of 122. When people asked her to share longevity secrets, she confessed with a smile to having a habit of drinking a glass of Port daily, eating two pounds of
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Jungle Healing — An Ancient Technique for Body and Mind You Can Use Anywhere

One of the most overlooked tools used in traditional jungle medicine is full immersion in nature. I’m talking about isolation in the middle of the woods, surrounded by nothing but trees, grass, rocks, and the occasional furry passerby.What happens when we rid ourselves of all modern day distractions? Our televisions, our computers, the radio, even newspapers and books – things that certainly have value but also take focus away from ourselves. The patients we brought into the Amazon packed
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3 Hobbies that Can Improve your Work Performance

You probably think that doing Cross Fit or playing the guitar can never be useful if you want to start coding, develop apps or pursue any other career related to technology. You might even think that such activities will only waste your time and slow you down on the way to achieving your goal. Surprisingly, taking up a hobby that is unrelated to your job makes you much more productive. According to a research done by San Francisco State University, a person with a hobby is 30% more productive
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The Endorphin Effect and How to Induce It

I’ve recently facilitated a series of workshops on mindfulness and spirituality at a drug and alcohol rehab clinic. The most popular workshop by far was the one where I taught people how to use William Bloom’s Endorphin Effect.Endorphins, which are the hormones of pleasure, improve your mood, promote physical health and help to reduce stress. When you exercise or experience something pleasurable, endorphins are released. Endorphins are the body’s natural opiates – our ‘endogenous morphine’
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Neuroscience of Happiness: 4 Rituals to Bring Joy into Your Life

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.Actually, don’t trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy. UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life. Here’s what you and I can learn from the people who really have answers:Sometimes it
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How Living with an Open Heart Creates Hope

When I read James Doty’s New York Times bestseller, Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain, I was thoroughly enchanted. His story inspired me to believe that my future could be brighter than I can currently imagine.Doty is a medical doctor and a clinical professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University, and also the founder and director of The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). His work and accomplishments in this field
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Living Life without Regrets: Follow These 43 Important Lessons

If you want to live a personal and professional life with no regrets, follow these 43 life lessons, penned by H. Jackson Brown. In the Fall of 1990, Mr. Brown sat at his kitchen table, pulled out a pad of paper and began writing advice to his son, who had just entered college. Mr. Brown's aphorisms eventually evolved into twenty one books, including four New York Times bestsellers. With Life's Little Instruction Book, Mr. Brown became the first author to simultaneously hold the number one
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How to Stop Being Overwhelmed at Work: Six Techniques for Beating Stress

When you are feeling overwhelmed at work, it is important find out why you feel that way. Do you have too many responsibilities, or feel there are too few hours in the day? Is your boss piling on the pressure? Or is the company culture getting you down?Understand the triggers “Feeling overwhelmed is actually a stress response when we feel the demand on us outweighs our resources,” says Diana Dawson, career psychologist and owner of Working Career. Feeling out of control and under pressure is
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Sowing the Seeds of Success: How Spirituality Helps Us Thrive

Holding religious or spiritual beliefs is important for ‘thriving’ in life, a study by the University of Portsmouth has found. Dr Daniel Brown, a sport and exercise scientist, assessed all the research on what helps people to flourish to come up with a definitive list for living well.To thrive a person must be optimistic, spiritual or religious, motivated, proactive, enjoy learning, flexible, adaptable, socially competent and have good self belief. They also must have opportunity, support from
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