Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is one of the world’s best-known psychologists, famous for developing the concept of ‘flow’. Inspired by the creative process of artists and musicians, Csikszentmihalyi spent decades researching the ‘flow’ states of
Scientists of various sorts have been monkeying around with religion for some time. Charles Darwin’s famous voyage on the Beagle was a high seas pilgrimage on waves of faith and doubt, after all. Ultimately, Darwin cast himself as a religious skepti
Seriously, meditating for one minute today could change your life.
1. Hear Your Intuition
You wake up in the morning and you feel grumpy but instead of doing a grumpy day, you decide to try something new. You meditate for one minut
The School of Management at the University of San Francisco promotes its role in preparing students to enter the workforce by identifying three sectors in which they are most likely to exercise their talents: as public administrators in various lev
People who insist meditation has changed their lives likely inspire fewer eye rolls today than they used to. That’s because a growing body of evidence suggests that the ancient practice — explained simply as being aware in the present moment— can h
In recent years, mindfulness meditation has garnered loads of attention for its beneficial effects on the body and mind. Now, there's a new star on the block: compassion meditation, a less well-known but increasingly popular contemplative practic
Our daily lives are becoming more complex, connected and challenging, putting our general population under an immense amount of pressure. The result is more stress than we’ve ever faced before. So what can we do about it? Enter meditation.
A few years ago, after I discussed the benefits of meditation in one of my workshops, a student said to me: “Well, what you’re actually saying here is that meditation is great, and does not have any dangers or side effects.”
That comment made me r
Meditation may be an ancient practice, but it has found a home on modern-day college campuses as schools use it to help tackle student anxiety.
And why the ancient practice might still get trendier
The idea of meditation seems simple: Sit still, focus on breath, reflect. But the practice of meditating is rooted in a deep cultural history that has seen the practice grow from a religious
Robert Emmons, a leader in the field of gratitude research at the University of California researfches gratitude. The key message that Dr Emmons highlights is that the practice of appreciation can significantly increase happiness levels.
The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. Recent research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness (a.k.a. mindfulness) changes t
An American professor, Martin Seligman, has pioneered positive psychology, inverting the traditional focus of his profession on distress
One of the great imponderables of human society is how much of our religion, psychology, philosophy and art th
Forget, if you want, the thousands of years of history, and the millions of devotees, that mediation has to its credit. That’s convincing evidence in itself, but for those who are more skeptical, the scientific literature may speak more loudly. And
It appears that scientific evidence of meditation’s powers continues to add up. Meditation, in a way, is like exercise for our brains: it’s been shown to assist in mental health maintenance, improve our memory, empathy, and sense of self — similar
The benefits of mindfulness meditation for business leaders are increasingly appreciated and confirmed by empirical research. Executives and high performing professionals increasingly use meditation to manage stress, maintain strategic focus, enhanc
The ever-growing popularity of mindfulness—from corporate boardrooms to inner-city schools—has finally made my academic interest a conversation starterat dinner parties. “Ah, the Buddha was talking about cognitive science 2,500 years ago!” as someo