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The Beautiful Breath

The breath is a chord that connects us to this life. Meditators use the breath as a guide to awakening and approach it with reverence....

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Each month, I fast for three or more days. Fasting triggers ketosis. When this happens, the body converts fats in the liver into ketones...

Zen and the Art of Remodeling

Many philosophical and contemplative traditions stress living in the moment. But mind-wandering is our default mode. Mind wandering...

Juku

In 2017, I started a program at the Boys and Girls Club that integrates neuroscience, technology, engineering, the arts, math, and music....

Addiction

I came across an article on the neuroscience of gambling addiction today. It was timely as a reader asked me if I knew of any...

The Mindful Athlete

The roots of martial arts are Buddhist. The monk Ta Mo traveled from India to China in 527 AD to see Emperor Wu of Liang. He taught the...

Quieting the Anxious Mind

A beginner sits to meditate for the first time. After some minutes, the mind becomes restless. Their guide instructed the group to empty...

Fact from Fiction

Meditation has a PR problem. There is a stigma attached to it. This is one of the challenges I face when working in this space. But the...

Dancing Through Life

This morning, several inches of snow blanketed the ground. We were ordered to stay home. I had planned on going to the gym; it was a leg...

The Dark Night of the Soul

On Christmas Eve, I called my big sister from the airport in Houston on my way to Cozumel. I could hear a deep sadness in her voice. I...

Compassionate Communication

Communication is not a skill most of us were taught explicitly. "The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We...

Strong Emotions

There are several mindfulness-based techniques we can apply when intense emotions disturb the balance of mind. Using metaphor, the 6 most...

Gratitude

Practicing gratitude can be transformative. This simple practice gives me the lift I need to rise above challenges and weather...

Sleep

Meditators attend to conditions that affect their practice, and sleep is one of the most impactful. You can skip to the tips listed...

Embrace the Suck!

I finished Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence, by Anna Lembke, MD. She writes about the delicate balance between...

Straight from the Gut

This morning, as I was about to publish, I read a study that linked the Western diet to cognitive decline and neurodegeneration in mice....