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Just One Thing: Feel Whole. We’re pleased to bring you another installment of Rick Hanson’s Just One Thing (JOT) newsletter, which each week offers a simple practice designed to bring you more joy, more fulfilling relationships, and more peace of mind and heart.

Just One Thing: Feel Whole

When I look back on mistakes I’ve made—like dumping my anger on someone, making assumptions in haste, partying too much, losing my nerve, being afraid to speak from my heart—in all cases a part of me had taken over. You know what I mean. The parts of us that have a partial view, are driven by one aim, clamp down on other parts, really want to have a particular experience or to eat/drink/smoke a particular molecule, yammer away critically, or hold onto resentments toward others. Why Do We Feel Awe? - Awe: For Altruism and Health? By now you’re probably mulling over some of your New Year’s resolutions – do five planks a day, eat more quinoa, keep better track of expenses.

Why Do We Feel Awe? - Awe: For Altruism and Health?

Let me add one more to your list: seek more daily awe. Awe is the feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends your understanding of the world. Early in human history, awe was reserved for feelings toward divine beings – e.g., gods humans invoked in the village ritual houses that sprang up some 10,000 years ago, the spirits Greek families felt guarded over their fates, and encounters with the divine at the center of the world’s great spiritual traditions. Healing the Body with Mindfulness of Breathing. This excerpt from a talk by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh explains how to use mindfulness of breathing to bring loving-kindness to our dear bodies.

Healing the Body with Mindfulness of Breathing

The physical effect of this can be truly remarkable. As Thây says, “You should really love your body. You should really take care of your body. Mindful breathing, with rest, can do miracles. The First Exercise of Mindful Breathing. CBT, Mindfulness, and Thinking. Mind & Life Institute — Building a scientific understanding of the mind to reduce suffering and promote well-being. How to Increase Dopamine Naturally. Stress-Anxiety-Depression.pdf. BulletinArt9. Understanding hormones helps us decipher the relationship between type and gender.


[“Gender” is cultural while “sex” is biological.] We often associate hormones with adolescence, midlife and monthly cycles. However, the greatest influence on sex* is in the womb as the brain and body of the fetal boy or girl is developing. There are over eighty known hormones. Almost all affect personality. Testosterone Men produce ten times more testosterone than women, so even low testosterone men have more than any woman.

A sense of separateness aggression and risk-taking sex drive (but not touch affection) and sexual fantasy anxiety or energy leading to poor concentration assertiveness and self-confidence visual-spatial ability and interest in moving things violent, criminal, or psychotic behavior In men, testosterone rises and falls in response to winning or losing one’s place in the social order, such as losing a game or gaining a promotion. Humans are “naturally female.” Zen Life Anxiety-Crushing Ingredients. Psychotherapy Brown Bag: Attentional training in social anxiety disorder: A novel computer-based treatment approach. By Michael D.

Psychotherapy Brown Bag: Attentional training in social anxiety disorder: A novel computer-based treatment approach

Anestis, M.S. I came across a study this morning with startlingly impressive findings. What's more, the article was published in the most prestigious clinical psychology journal (Journal of Abnormal Psychology) and was written by several of my current colleagues at Florida State University and an FSU alum, and yet I did not know about it until just hours ago. Sleeping Tricks - Effective Techniques For Falling Asleep. 23 Surprisingly Effective Treatments for Depression (One Year Later) For the live-updated, interactive version of this infographic, click here.

23 Surprisingly Effective Treatments for Depression (One Year Later)

A year ago, we published one of our most popular findings – 6 surprisingly effective treatments for depression. I went ahead and repeated the analysis today, and now we have 23 treatments in the “surprisingly effective” category for depression. Matthieu Ricard on the habits of happiness. Making sense of cognitive behaviour therapy. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a form of talking therapy that combines cognitive therapy and behaviour therapy.

Making sense of cognitive behaviour therapy

It focuses on how you think about the things going on in your life – your thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes (your cognitive processes) – and how this impacts on the way you behave and deal with emotional problems. It then looks at how you can change any negative patterns of thinking or behaviour that may be causing you difficulties. In turn, this can change the way you feel. CBT tends to be short, taking six weeks to six months. You will usually attend a session once a week, each session lasting either 50 minutes or an hour. CBT may focus on what is going on in the present rather than the past. CBT and negative thoughts. Binaural Beat Brain Wave Experimenter's Lab. Brain Wave Entrainment and Hypnosis. During hypnosis the brain shows a characteristic sequence of brain wave activity.

Brain Wave Entrainment and Hypnosis

Meditation May Protect Your Brain. For thousands of years, Buddhist meditators have claimed that the simple act of sitting down and following their breath while letting go of intrusive thoughts can free one from the entanglements of neurotic suffering.

Meditation May Protect Your Brain

Now, scientists are using cutting-edge scanning technology to watch the meditating mind at work. They are finding that regular meditation has a measurable effect on a variety of brain structures related to attention — an example of what is known as neuroplasticity, where the brain physically changes in response to an intentional exercise. A team of Emory University scientists reported in early September that experienced Zen meditators were much better than control subjects at dropping extraneous thoughts and returning to the breath.

How to increase serotonin in the human brain without drugs. SEX ADDS YEARS TO YOUR LIFE ... The Flashing Images above are designed to provide a "Mental Image" of what takes place when your brain's Pleasure Pathway is stimulated by activities associated with feeling good.


Science now believes positive stimulation of your built in reward system can add many quality years to your life. Few activities stimulate our pleasure pathway more than Sexual Intercourse........... Science has concluded our Pleasure Pathway plays a much greater role in our lives than just the survival of the species. A Little Meditation Goes a Long Way.