We don’t need God or religion to know right from wrong | Michael Shermer

We don’t need God or religion to know right from wrong | Michael Shermer

Science and good and evil, good and bad, right and wrong, murder, all these things… human moral values. Well, I wrote a book about this, The Moral Arc. I am what’s called a moral realist: I think there are real moral values out there to be discovered. Now, not “out there” in the cosmos for

Bullet journaling 101: Mindfulness meets productivity | Ryder Carroll

Bullet journaling 101: Mindfulness meets productivity | Ryder Carroll

When people ask me what the Bullet Journal method is I like to describe it as a mindfulness practice that’s disguised as a productivity system. So what sets Bullet Journal apart from regular list keeping and journaling? It’s not linear. So essentially you create these things called collections which are essentially lists or graphs or

Hacking Mindfulness: Learning to Pay Attention to Your Own Attention, with Peter Baumann

Hacking Mindfulness: Learning to Pay Attention to Your Own Attention, with Peter Baumann

The most difficult we have today is our attention gets hijacked. There is so much happening in our lives that we pay attention to and quite frankly, you know, the little devices that we carry around don’t help very much because our attention gets totally absorbed into that attraction from these little devices. And we

How Not to be a Slave to Your Brain: Mindfulness for Mental Health

How Not to be a Slave to Your Brain: Mindfulness for Mental Health

One of the classic definitions of mindfulness is that it helps us not cling to what is pleasant and not condemn what is unpleasant. An example would be if you’re driving in New York City and someone cuts you off; that’s unpleasant and one would instinctively have an angry response. But that’s happening all the

Mindful Self-Acceptance? Bad Idea According to Ancient Chinese Philosophers.

Mindful Self-Acceptance? Bad Idea According to Ancient Chinese Philosophers.

Mindfulness is one of the big ideas that’s come in from Asia that’s had a huge impact on America, and basically the idea of mindfulness as it’s practiced in America is one of teaching one to accept one’s feelings. If one feels anger or jealousy, just sort of distance oneself from it, and the goal

Arianna Huffington: Science Validates the Virtues of Mindfulness

Arianna Huffington: Science Validates the Virtues of Mindfulness

Arianna I wanted to open up by talking a little bit about the introduction to your book. So you write about this collapse that you suffered that really made you reevaluate your life, your priorities. And I’m curious how mindfulness came out of that because you write a lot about health, sleep, exercise and you

Be Mindful: Your Pot of Gold Could be Your Grave, with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Be Mindful: Your Pot of Gold Could be Your Grave, with Jon Kabat-Zinn

If you put people in a scanner and tell them to just do nothing, just rest in the scanner, don’t do anything at all. It turns out that there’s a region in the midline of the cerebral cortex that’s known as the default mode network that just lights up that all of a sudden gets

How Not to be a Slave to Your Brain: Mindfulness for Mental Health | BEST OF 2015

How Not to be a Slave to Your Brain: Mindfulness for Mental Health | BEST OF 2015

One of the classic definitions of mindfulness is that it helps us not cling to what is pleasant and not condemn what is unpleasant. An example would be if you’re driving in New York City and someone cuts you off; that’s unpleasant and one would instinctively have an angry response. But that’s happening all the

Increase Your Productivity by Mastering Singular Focus and Mindful Meditation | Emma Seppälä

Increase Your Productivity by Mastering Singular Focus and Mindful Meditation | Emma Seppälä

In order to be successful people often think they have to constantly be achieving constantly going from one thing to the next crossing things off of their to do list. But as a consequence they’re not in the present moment. And their productivity would be so much greater if they stayed present, as well as

Maria Konnikova: Unclutter Your Brain Attic Like Sherlock Holmes

Maria Konnikova: Unclutter Your Brain Attic Like Sherlock Holmes

It’s important to remember that Holmes wasn’t born Holmes. Holmes was born like you and me but probably with greater potential for certain elements of observation, but he learned over time to think like Sherlock Holmes. At the beginning, he probably thought more like Watson because that’s more of our natural state. He’s able to