Things Are Good: Practicing Meditation Changes Your Brain and Sense of Self

Achieving mindfulness through mediation can help you relax and even assist you in achieving a more fulfilling life. Recent fMRI studies have shown that this can be proven by looking at the brain itself; indeed, structures inside your brain tend to alter based on how much meditation one does! This is really neat stuff because ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Pie and Goldblum on Trump’s Win

Two videos for a Saturday: Jonathan Pie argues that the left is responsible for this result because they’ve given up putting up any argument at all: “Clinton…a candidate who’s been dry-humping corporations for years….They didn’t vote for her because she offered no palpable change whatsoever….She represented very little.” But more importantly, he argues for arguing: ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Caregiver Stress Eating Never Satisfies

I remember when Nicholas was young and in the hospital most of the time. Many times, his life hung in the balance. Jim tagged teamed shifts in the hospital when he could, but being the unemployed parent, I did most of the bedside care. And the worrying. And the eating. Because we were ‘lifers’ at ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Caregiver Stress Eating Never Satisfies

I remember when Nicholas was young and in the hospital most of the time. Many times, his life hung in the balance. Jim tagged teamed shifts in the hospital when he could, but being the unemployed parent, I did most of the bedside care. And the worrying. And the eating. Because we were ‘lifers’ at ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: THIS WORKED TO QUIET MY MIND

Once, I tried relaxation exercises.  I was hopeless.  In an earlier life, I was an acting student and for actors, it’s important to relax your body and focus intently on listening to others.  For me, there was something infuriating about being told to lie still and concentrate on my breathing.  I wanted to jump up ...

mark a rayner: The Digital Sabbath, or Why I Never Reply to Your Emails on Saturday

If it’s Saturday and you’re reading this, I am far away from you. That’s because every week, I unplug and celebrate what I call the digital sabbath. I know, I know, it’s kind of blasphemous, but it is the best way to think about the activity of disconnecting from the Internet to give my brain a breather. ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Achievement and Death and Stuff

First, a bit about boredom: “Boredom may lead you to anything. After all, boredom even sets one to sticking gold pins into people…one may choose what is contrary to one’s own interest…one’s own fancy, however wild it may be…desire what is injurious to himself, what is stupid, very stupid – simply in order to have ...

Wise Law Blog: Mindfulness for Lawyers Goes Mainstream

The Wall Street Journal, of all places, had a feature this week on the increasing prevalence – and acceptance – of mindfulness training for lawyers.In Lawyers Go Zen, With Few Objections, writer Jacob Gershman delivers more than just a clever headline.  He focusses on the enhanced listening skills that can be developed through mindfulness techniques.I don’t have much ...

Scripturient: The Slow Path to Happiness

If 15 minutes of stillness change the 23 hours and 45 minutes left in your day, including your sleep and your human relations, it seems to be worthwhile. So said Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk who has spent the last 45 years in the Himalayas pursuing the goal of mindfulness. Ricard was interviewed in January, ...

Things Are Good: Mindfulness Meditation Effective in Improving Sleep

Mindfulness meditation is already pretty great, and it keeps getting better! Not only can it help you go amongst your day in a more thoughtful, productive, focussed manner, it can even help you sleep! A six week trial of getting people who had trouble sleeping to mediate proved to help them get better rest. Importance ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Making Friends With Solitude

I used to hate being alone.  I remember as a teenager, aching for the phone to ring, rifling through my closet for something ‘cool’ to wear, wandering the halls of my university residence listening for signs of music and laughter.  I was restless and bored being by myself. But not anymore.  My searching spirit was ...

A Novelist's Eye: Lilian Nattel Online: Sunrise on New Moon

(click to enlarge) Part of my project for 2014 is to pay attention to the day. Every morning I jot down in a notebook the time of sunrise and sunset, moonrise and moonset, the phase of the moon, and the weather, not the forecast, but the feel of the day: cold, windy, warming, drizzle or ...

Death By Trolley: Don’t We All Hear Voices? A Mindfulness-Informed View of Schizophrenia and the “Normal” Mind

The hallmark of schizophrenia is perceiving things that are not there. Auditory hallucinations, including “hearing voices”, is particularly common. What if this clinically distinguishing feature of schizophrenia differs from the cognitively distinguishing feature? What if, cognitively speaking, what distinguishes schizophrenia is not the presence of voices, but rather how one interprets them? WHAT IF WE ...

Death By Trolley: This New Year’s, Resolve to Stop Chasing Happiness

Many wisdom traditions encourage a path or process orientation rather than a destination or product orientation to living well. Happiness makes for a poor goal. It’s not particularly well-defined. What is happiness? How much happiness is enough to be happy with – to not eventually be let down by? The steps to achieving it are ...