Article: 6 Simple Ways to Achieve Remarkably Better Brain Function

Taking good care of your brain may the single most powerful thing you can do if you want to be healthy, happy, and productive. Like every organ in the body, you can create optimum conditions for your brain to work at its best. Commit to making simple changes, and reap the benefits of better brain function. Read More…

Video: Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life. View…

Article: The 5 Most Important Things We Learned About Mindfulness This Year

The more we learn about mindfulness — the cultivation of a focused awareness on the present moment, most commonly through meditation — the more health and well-being benefits we discover. This year, researchers delved further into the science of meditation and uncovered even more surprising evidence of the practice’s powerful effects on the mind and body. Read More…

Article: What Is Your Mindfulness Personality Type?

A research team has recently found that a fifth-century Buddhist “meditation manual,” titled the “Path of Purification,” describes how all personality traits fall into one of three buckets: 1) faithful/greedy 2) discerning/aversive and 3) speculative/deluded. The manual uses some unusual characteristics to determine which bucket someone generally falls into. Read More…

Excerpt: Loneliness – What is the difference between a lion and a tiger?

 

Consider the following question. What is the difference between a lion and a tiger?

Obviously there are many answers to this question. Although they are both large cats, they look different, live in different regions of the world, and have other differences.

One such difference, however, is very significant: their social structure.

Tigers lead a very solitary life. They are loners. In fact, after mating, a male tiger will abandon its mate and actually kill its male offspring later on if encountered in its territory. In contrast, lions lead a very social lifestyle; they affiliate. They live in prides, and their social order is highly defined and crucial to their existence.

I often see emotional problems and anguish in individuals leading a solitary life, a tiger existence, when in fact they wish to lead a more socially connected life, a lion’s lifestyle, which is more in keeping with our developmental history.

 

excerpt from Emotional Well-Being: Embracing the Gift of Life, Dr Neil Kobrin

Article: The Alternative to Drugs: The Real Treatment for Human Suffering

My field, psychiatry, has strayed from a careful and caring clinical grounding, in its mission to ameliorate human suffering. It has been my mission to return psychiatry to where it properly belongs through a unified field theory of human consciousness, which encompasses psychiatry, neuroscience, dreams, myths, religion, and art—all elements of the same thing. Read More…

Article: The Real Reason Why You Haven’t Healed Your Trauma/Depression/Heartbreak

The prevailing psychological wisdom of our time tells you that your current dysfunctions are probably a result of your past experiences, e.g., your painful childhood, your stupid parents, your abusive first love, and the wars, famines, and hurricanes you were forced by fate to go through. Read More…