How does mindfulness improve self-control?

In a 2012 Swiss study, researchers Friese, Messner, and Shaffner tested whether a brief period of meditation would lessen the depletion effects of self-control that have been described by Roy Baumeister. Their subject pool was from a group of people taking a three-day introductory meditation seminar. In this training, participants learned to become more aware […]

Anxious? Activate Your Anterior Cingulate Cortex With a Little Meditation

Scientists, like Buddhist monks and Zen masters, have known for years that meditation can reduce anxiety, but not how. Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, however, have succeeded in identifying the brain functions involved. “Although we’ve known that meditation can reduce anxiety, we hadn’t identified the specific brain mechanisms involved in relieving anxiety in […]

Smithsonian Raises $170,000 for Yoga Exhibit Through Crowd-Funding

The Smithsonian exceeded its crowd-funding goal of $125,000 for a yoga exhibit. The Smithsonian wants to highlight the history of yoga with a special exhibit opening in October at the Freer and Sackler galleries, and it sought ordinary citizens’ help to fund the unique exhibit. The Smithsonian raised more than $170,000 for the exhibit, receiving money […]

Letting Go of Attachment, from A to Zen

“Most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for and attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities.” ~Dalai Lama If there’s one thing we all have in common it’s that we want to feel happy; and on the other side of that coin, we want to avoid hurting. Yet we consistently put […]

Meditation and Silicon Valley

“All the woo-woo mystical stuff, that’s really retrograde,” says Kenneth Folk, an influential meditation teacher in San Francisco. “This is about training the brain and stirring up the chemical soup inside.” This excellent article at San Francisco, as the title suggests, is about meditation in the tech community. Beneath that it’s about the practical application of this […]

Street Yoga: Fun Facts and Benefits

Yoga is a way to connect with nature, our inner self and each other. We are all interconnected through one spirit and yoga helps us tap into that. It’s a great way to relieve stress. It helps an individual achieve calm and channel enlightenment. There are several yoga Asanas that are geared towards achieving a […]

The ten major vows of a Bodhisattva

1. A disciple of the Buddha shall not himself kill, encourage others to kill, kill by expedient means, praise killing, rejoice at witnessing killing, or kill through incantation or deviant mantras. He must not create the causes, conditions, methods, or karma of killing, and shall not intentionally kill any living creature.  As a Buddha’s disciple, he […]

Meditation’s Effects on Emotion Shown to Persist

Meditation affects a person’s brain function long after the act of meditation is over, according to new research. “This is the first time meditation training has been shown to affect emotional processing in the brain outside of a meditative state,” said Gaelle Desbordes, Ph.D., a research fellow at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging […]

What is Karma Yoga?

Karma yoga meditation is one of the four main yoga paths which include karma yoga, bhakti yoga, raja yoga and jnana yoga. All four yoga forms help the yoga practitioner to become aware of, to acknowledge and to accept the true wisdom of the Divine (union with Brahman). Karma yoga encompasses both physical and mental actions carried […]