Dreamy Waterfall

Guess How Many Thoughts You Have In a Minute?

The average person has 50 thoughts per minute!! Just notice the wondrous waterfall of your mind tirelessly generating thoughts just as effortlessly as your heart pumps blood — moment after moment after moment. This video “What Your Body Does in 30 Seconds” is an astounding overview of what’s happening inside you. Do not be dismayed…

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Put a Trance on Me

Meditating and being in a trance are related states.In both meditation and trance, you: -Close your eyes -Still your body -Don’t do anything else -Cultivate focus When we meditate, we do one thing with all our mental ability and naturally enter a trance state during which many beneficial changes take place in our bodies: our…

Slumber

Feeling Drowsy zzzzzzzzzzz?

Alice enjoys meditating in the evenings, but is often beset by sleepiness. This is one of the most common challenges of meditation, often called a hindrance in Buddhist teaching. Here are 5 tips on how to deal with drowsiness during your meditation practice: 1) Sit up straight, so that your back is not supported by…

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Wawrinka and Mimi

The player who just won the Australian Men’s Open Tennis Championship was an underdog who beat a star player. His name is Stanislaus Wawrinka and he has the following quote from the Irish playwright Samuel Beckett tattooed on his arm: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail Better. Today in our…

Blind Spot

Do You Know Where Your Blind Spot Is?

This cool video lets you examine your blind spot, the place where your optic nerve goes into your retina. Usually each eye can compensate for the other eye and we have the illusion of an unbroken field of vision. But it is just that, an illusion. [Thanks to Brown student Guillaume Riesen, from an insight…

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Brandishing an Artichoke

This is an indistinct parable about gender. Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize and said, “I couldn’t care less.” What struck my gimlet eye in this New York Times video of her receiving the good news is the rumpled man in the background who hangs on to an artichoke (28 seconds). She wrote The Golden…