A History of Mindfulness

Buddhist Man Meditating / Photo by Jakub Michankow, Wikimedia Commons ‘Mindfulness’ has become a household word, standing for inner peace, wellbeing, and cutting-edge healthcare. For four years, I researched how it’s become such a compelling force in Western culture. By Dr. Matt Drage / 02.22.2018 Researcher in Mindfulness and Meditation as Biomedical Inrtervention Introduction “Well I think[…]

Everything in Its Place

By Rob Horning / 06.28.2017 Lately I have been reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I think it is best enjoyed if read as a novel with a classic unreliable narrator; it’s about an obsessive woman who lives in a world where belongings can spark joy but people cannot, and who copes with her alienation by[…]

How the Idea of ‘Oneness’ Can Help Us in the 21st Century

By Gilbert Ross / 02.03.2018 Reconnecting with Our Natural State Individuality, diversity and uniqueness are celebrated and lauded as the highest achievements in our Western society. We admire individualism, initiative, free thinkers and those who chart new courses. But, what if all this rugged individualism and diversity is leading us further apart; is fracturing the[…]

Art as Solace in Dark Times

By Dr. Ruchama Johnston-Bloom / 12.21.2016 Assistant Director of Academic Affairs CAPA The Global Education Network Around this time of year, I often find myself telling people about the mixture of holidays I grew up celebrating as a child. My back-to-the-land hippie parents, one Jewish, one not, both fairly atheist, kept what they liked from[…]

Blocking the Noise in a Seemingly Senseless World

By Gilbert Ross / 01.05.2018 Is Loss of Sense-Making Threatening Our Existence? We are living in a point in time of our evolution where the amount and quality of problems we are facing are existential in nature or, that is, they are pointing towards gloomy scenarios of auto-destruction. From the accelerated degradation of our biosphere, overpopulation,[…]

New Year’s Resolution: Try Focusing on the Good Life

Focusing on relationships and experiences adds much more to our long-term life satisfaction. / Photo by Ben O’Sullivan on Unsplash In past years, you’ve probably targeted minor vices—eat fewer snacks, drink less, exercise more. This time around, try something a little different. By Dr. Ted Fischer / 12.29.2017 Professor of Cultural Anthropology Vanderbilt University The end of the year[…]

Why a Grateful Brain is a Giving One

By Dr. Christina Karns / 12.19.2017 Associate Researcher Brain Development Lab University of Oregon When you think about gratitude and its place in our culture, you might not immediately think about morality—that is, matters of right and wrong. Often, we make gratitude sound like it’s all about you. In the domain of self-help, we hear that gratitude[…]

‘Let the Soul Dangle’: How Mind-Wandering Spurs Creativity

Detail from The Red Balloon Paul Klee, 1922. Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Wikimedia      By (left-to-right) Dr. Julia Christensen, Dr. Guido Giglioni, and Dr. Manos Tsakiris / 12.05.2017 Christensen: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychology, Newton International Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience, City University, London Giglioni: Cassamarca Lecturer in Neo-Latin Culture and Intellectual History (1400-1700),[…]

To Be a Human Being, Instead of a Human Doing

Pixabay, Creative Commons 11.01.2017 Can you feel the support of the chair?” My Rosen Method therapist asked. “Hmm … no.” Seated across from my therapist in her office, I replied hesitantly after scanning my body for a sense of support. “Try to feel some sense of support or connection,” she urged. At that moment, I[…]

The Age of Disruption

TV control room in Toronto / Photo by Loozrboy, Wikimedia Commons Technology is changing society at breakneck speed but considerations of human impacts lag far behind. Dinyar Godrej sketches out some of the key political battles ahead. By Dinyar Godrej / 11.01.2017 We are always at the threshold of the future. But whereas in the past, the path[…]

How to Grow from Your Pain

By Mark Manson / 11.23.2017 Learning to Transmute Our Sufferings A poor, black female in the segregated South, Johnson didn’t exactly have a bright future to look forward to. She endured the hardships that virtually all African Americans endured during and beyond segregation—second-class citizen status, economic and social exclusion, living in near-constant fear of physical[…]

How to Avoid a Life of Misery

Simple, yet effective, advice for living life to its fullest from Ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus By Zat Rana / 11.15.2017 Could it Really be this Simple? Few who knew Epictetus would have considered him lucky. He was born a slave 2,000 years ago. He lived and died in poverty. He was permanently crippled from a[…]

Do You Have a True Self?

By Dr. Art Markman / 11.02.2017 Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing University of Texas at Austin Chances are you have lots of beliefs about yourself and other people. You use these beliefs to help predict why people do what they do. If someone yells at you, you might forgive them because[…]

What is Your Phone Doing to Your Relationships?

New research is exploring how phubbing—ignoring someone in favor of our mobile phone—hurts our relationships, and what we can do about it. By Dr. Emma Seppälä / 10.10.2017 Lecturer and Director of Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project Yale University Phubbing is the practice of snubbing others in favor of our mobile phones. We’ve all been there, as[…]

Why Your Brain Needs to Dream

Research shows that dreaming is not just a byproduct of sleep, but serves its own important functions in our well-being. By Dr. Matthew P. Walker / 10.24.2017 Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience University of California, Berkeley We often hear stories of people who’ve learned from their dreams or been inspired by them. Think of Paul[…]

How to Use Intuitive Inquiry to Deal with and Help Solve Problems

By Dr. Marjorie Schuman / 10.20.2017 Clinical Psychologist “The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.” – Theodore Isaac Rubin Everyone has problems Everyone has problems: situations or circumstances that are unwelcome and cause perplexity or distress. This universality suggests that problems[…]