Science-Backed Methods for Feeling Younger Than Your Age

Science-Backed Methods for Feeling Younger Than Your Age

Feeling younger than one’s age is not just a feeling or an emotion. Research shows that those who feel younger than their age tend to show fewer signs of brain aging. Fortunately, science and case studies have provided ample research on the secrets to feeling great. And here are a few examples of how you [...]

How Meditation Loosens the Grip of the Self: Neural Correlates of Self-Centeredness and Self-Transcendence

How Meditation Loosens the Grip of the Self: Neural Correlates of Self-Centeredness and Self-Transcendence

Somehow, meditation changes both of these: over time, it quiets chatter of the monkey mind and shifts our stubborn physiological bias. Quite like magic. Except, it's long-term magic: meditation erodes and weakens the strength of our negative thoughts, cognitive dissonances, and painful longings.

The Nature of Insight: The Lotus Puzzle, a Zen Koan Exercise

The Nature of Insight: The Lotus Puzzle, a Zen Koan Exercise

The following exercise is meant to confer a firsthand experience of ordinary insight. In Zen meditation traditions, these types of puzzles and intractable statements are known as Koans. Take a moment to focus your mind and try the following exercise, contemplating the problem until you experience a flash of insight that conveys the answer. A [...]