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Breath-Focused Meditation for Deep Sleep

Follow your natural breath to help relax your mind and your body. Gently switch into the parasympathetic rest-and-digest state by effortlessly allowing each exhale to drop you deeper into relaxation so that you can sleep sweetly.

Warm woman lying in the bed at night, trying to sleep.
Cooling Sleep Meditation for Hot Summer Nights

Use this guided meditation to cool off the body and mind and prepare for rest.

candy land to walk through
Meditation for Deep Sleep: A Delicious Fantasyland
Wander through a delicious fantasyland filled with benevolent flowers with nourishing, healing properties to occupy your thoughts, calm your mind, and allow your body to enter in…
Healing Sleep Meditation for Dealing With Illness or Injury

Allow yourself to rest with guided meditation as you recover.

Guided Meditation: Progressive Relaxation for Deep Sleep

Move through a guided relaxation process for your mind, your nervous system, your muscles, and your bones to help you calm down, slow down, and get the rest you need—whether you actually fall asleep or not.

Guided Meditation: Deeply Relax (Or Sleep) With Breathwork

This gentle, progressive breathwork will help your body return to the rest-and-digest state so you can calm down, detoxify, rest, clear your mind, soothe inflammation.

Guided Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Starry Night

Walk into an evening field and settle by a warm fire to enjoy the stars. Settle into a relaxed state, imagining your ancestors there to support you, your heart making wishes on shooting stars. Let your mind rest while your body makes its way toward sleep.

Guided Relaxation for Deep Sleep

This simple guided meditation is inspired by the Yoga Nidra meditation practice, which is a progressive relaxation of the entire body.

Audio Meditation: Relax into Your Breath

This meditation is ideal if you need a pause from your day to slow down and calm down, and you may wish to put it on as you are lying in bed at night preparing to sleep.

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Wildflower Field

Fall asleep while visualizing yourself in a field of flowers.

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Private Beach

An audio meditation for sweet dreams.

6 Mindfulness-Based Techniques to Help You Fall Asleep

Mindfulness techniques are being incorporated more and more for sleep health. Here are six expert-recommended mindfulness practices to help you fall—and stay—asleep.

Yoga for Better Sleep

You can improve your sleep just by implementing bedtime yoga sequences into your daily practice. Yoga for better sleep can be done from the comfort of your own bed.

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Colorful City of Your Mind

Immerse yourself in a colorful city in your mind to rock you to sleep.

The Ajna Light: Healing Benefits

The Ajna Light offers a unique opportunity to experience relaxation effects.

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Warm Sunset Beach

A guided visualization to lull you to sleep.

Breathing into Balance: Explore Alternate Nostril Breathing

Though you can do this guided meditation anytime, it especially helps you fall asleep at night.

How to Use Guided Meditations

Guided meditation can be used to promote better sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, and even to relieve chronic pain.

Guided Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Forest Grove

A guided visualization for better sleep.

Why You Really Should Protect Your Sleep

And what to do about it if you can’t

A Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Country Road

A guided visualization to help guide you to a deeper sleep.

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Cozy Fireplace

A guided visualization to help you drift off to sleep.

Guided Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Flowing River

Get to sleep using this guided visualization.

Appointment with the Wolf
Rediscovering an ancient hour alone, at night, with GodFor a full decade, starting in 1998, I woke for an hour or two every night around two o’clock in the morning. By 4 a.m. I cou…
Guided Meditation: The Moonlit Pond

In this guided sleep meditation, we will gently relax the body while we explore a moonlit forest with a peaceful pond filled with lily pads.

11 Affirmations for Sweet Slumber

If 2 am is when your mind wants to unpack an irrelevant convo from ages ago or wander to worry, these 11 sleep affirmations will help rein in your thoughts for restful slumber.

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Gemstone Staircase

This guided meditation will lull you to sleep as you walk down a beautiful staircase encrusted with healing gemstones like amethysts, rose quartz, sapphire, and amber.

Your Brain on Yoga Nidra

Not only does yoga nidra meditation help you get a good night’s sleep, it also rids the body of harmful stress-inducing cortisol, boosts the production of “pleasure hormones,” and shifts brain waves into a beneficial state of regeneration and repair.

Guided Meditation: The Healing Waters

This gently hypnotic meditation will take you along a dirt path into a candlelit cave with a clear pool filled with healing power. Relax through the guided meditation or allow it to help you get to sleep at night, encouraging your parasympathetic nervous system to wake up your internal capacity for healing.

5 Reasons You’re Not Sleeping

If you are struggling to get a good night’s rest, you may want to address these common sleep disruptors.

Meditation Apps: Do They Work for Us or Against Us?

"Meditation takes practice, and in the beginning, like any new skill, meditation can seem challenging."

Instant Calm Breathing Meditation

A guided meditation to calm yourself.

A Good Night’s Sleep

Is anything better than waking up refreshed? Are you unable to answer that question because you don’t remember what waking up refreshed feels like? We can relate. Read on if you or anyone you love needs tips on how to get a good night's sleep.

5 Apps to Quiet Your Mind

From meditation to mental health, try these apps to achieve stillness on the run.

4 Animal-Inspired Tips for Better Sleep

If you're looking for ways to naturally sleep better at night, where better to look than in nature?

Music Review: Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.
Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.MobySelf-releasedAlong with being one of electronic music’s most recognizable artists, Moby is an outspoken advocate of healthy living. In one of his l…
What Really Happens When We Meditate

An interview with Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson about their new book, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

Meditation Medication Part 1: Grounding for Anxiety or Overwhelm

The first in three-part meditation series inspired by Ayurveda.

Reiki Sleep
Reiki Music for Blissful Sleep By Llewellyn Designed for Reiki practitioners or anyone who is using Reiki for oneself or others, this subtle, relaxing music begins with a brief i…
A Sound Sleep
Guided Meditations with Relaxing Music & Nature Sounds By Dudley and Dean Evenson Husband-and-wife team Dean and Dudley Evenson address the needs of two types of stressed-out ins…
6 Ways to Fight Holiday Insomnia

An expert in cognitive behavioral therapies targeting better sleep, Dr. Nicole Moshfegh, author of The Book of Sleep, provides six strategies to help you ward off sleeplessness during the holidays.

What We Still Don’t Know about Mindfulness Meditation

Despite the hype, researchers are still exploring the benefits of meditation and how much practice we need to achieve them.

An Insomniac Learns to Let Go
“Because it’s the universal symbol for sleep,” I tell the tattooist, explaining the moon design he’s about to put into my skin. The needles shine like the moment after an eclipse. …
8 Sleep Gadgets So Unusual They Might Just Work

Is sleep eluding you? Some unexpected tools may help you get to sleep and stay asleep.

If You Want To... Quiet Your Mind

There are different kinds of quiet, and each one creates its own rest.

10 Nighttime Routines for Peaceful Sleep

“How can you possibly start your day off bright-eyed and bushy-tailed if you don’t get a proper night’s sleep?”

Our Top 10 Apps for Health & Wellness

Pull out your smartphone and get ready to download these healthy tools.

Ten Ways to Ease Inflammation

Turn the inflammation dial down with these nutrition and lifestyle tips.

Craniosacral Therapy for Better Sleep

Recent research reveals the restful benefits of craniosacral therapy.

CBD Oil for Insomnia

Can CBD oil help you get some much-needed sleep?

5 Things You Can Do to Decrease Systemic Inflammation That Have Nothing to Do with Food

“While dietary change is a great first line of defense, calming inflammation calls for a multi-faceted approach that delves into all aspects of lifestyle.”

Guided Meditation and Breath Practice for Balancing Your Energy

Start or end your day with this breath practice.

New Moon Meditation: Pause the Breath, Pause the Mind

Try this audio meditation for slowing down the mind.

Meditation for Deepest Desires: The Lush Garden

Invite your desire to speak to you in your dreams.

How Meditation and Mindfulness Help Ease Chronic Illness
A novel study suggests that meditation and mindfulness can greatly improve the lives of people with chronic illness, particularly those with diabetes mellitus or coronary heart dis…
Book Review: Dream Yoga
Dream YogaIlluminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of SleepBy Andrew HolecekSounds TrueDream Yoga is a book that makes big promises: According to author …
Meditation Is Hard When You Hate Yourself
Maybe at some point you decided to try meditation—thinking it might help you resemble those placid, robe-draped figures chanting in the documentaries. Maybe you marveled at t…
Writing Oneself Out of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a debilitating mix of pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and depression that is resistant to treatment. Part of the difficulty in treating the millions of Amer…
Music and Meditation May Help Avoid Memory Loss

Listening to simple meditation or music boosted cognitive function, study shows.

7 Days to a Healthier You

Free 7-Day Health Meditation Program with Prudence Hall, MD from The Mentors Channel

The Heart of Meditation
We all want small, simple things every day―a good night’s sleep, a parking spot near the door, a satisfying dinner―but what happens when we want to identify or manifest our deeper …
Fight Inflammation All Day Long

Here’s how to fight chronic inflammation, all day long.

Tips for Sleeping Peacefully While Anxious

Useful tips to prevent insomnia due to anxiety.

Medication Meditation Part 3: Energizing for Lethargy, Sluggishness, or Emotional Blockage

Get a boost of energy with this Ayurveda inspired audio meditation.

Richard Davidson: Advancing the State of Mindfulness

Pathbreaking work by Dr. Davidson is tapping the power of meditation and mindfulness for greater wellness.

Is Your Mantra Organic?

20 things you’ll want to know about classic meditation mantras.

Natural Approaches for Alleviating Anxiety and Panic
I’m familiar with debilitating anxiety—intimately so. Three years ago, I was pummeled with my first panic attack out of the clear blue sky and it was a terrifying experience. But …
5 Practices for Calming Racing Thoughts
Racing thoughts may be a daily reality for you or an occasional annoyance. Racing thoughts are common for people with anxiety when they’re facing a stressor. They’re also common in…
Release Your Stress for a Good Night’s Sleep
Do you tend to ruminate on the negative events of your past or the fears of tomorrow? Many of us do. When we allow this pattern to continue, however, daily stresses and traumas hav…
The Ultimate De-Stressing Daily Routine

Put this anti-stress routine on your to-do list for a more zen approach to daily life.

8 Ways to Build Your Problem-Solving Intuition

Here are eight ways to build your natural ability to use intuition.

Animal Dreamzzz
Kristen RaceAnyone who has ever suffered a bout of insomnia knows how frustrating it is to try to fall asleep when your mind is not ready; this is true not just for adults but also…
6 Crystals to Help You Sleep

Find the right crystal for your sleep issue, and you'll soon be lost in dreamland.

Toolbox: Wearable Health

Take your health into your hands, quite literally, with these finds from S&H.

Podcasts for On-the-Go Inspiration
The right podcast can turn a lengthy commute, a slow line, or a long, solitary walk into something you hope will never end. Our favorites illuminate, inform, and inspire us.  …
Being in the Flow of Heartache and Pain

Yoga and mindfulness can help us recognize that our discomfort has a flow.

​The Art of Dreaming — Becoming Aware of Your Inner Landscape

Adapted excerpt from Leopard Warrior by John Lockley.

5 Ways to Supercharge Your Resilience

Resilience can help you meet life’s biggest challenges. Discover how embracing specific lifestyle habits can help you build resilience.

Understanding the Fungus in Your Gut

Everyone knows the importance that bacteria plays in gut health, but what about fungus? Understanding how to balance your mycobiome, or the ecosystem of fungus that lives in the gut, is crucial for maintaining good health.

5 Small Changes for Big Health Payoffs
Something like seven or eight years ago, with New Year’s Eve just around the corner, I decided to forgo the typical list of grandiose resolutions (Exercise for an hour every day! D…
5 Tips To Wake Up Your Brain And Enjoy Life
You sleep all night, only to wake up in the morning feeling fuzzy and groggy. What will help wake up your brain so that you can enjoy life every day? Two main ingredients: blood an…
Health Expert Patricia Bragg on Stress Release

“We are all suffering from some kind of stress overload these days, which can cause chronic fatigue, anxiety attacks, insomnia, depression, mood swings, and burnout. What’s the answer? How can we find relief?”

Self-Care Secrets for Your Busy Lifestyle

How do we remain healthy while successfully navigating a type-A lifestyle?

Reclaim Rest: A Rest Guided Meditation to Help You Connect to Calm Instantly

Reclaim rest with a rest guided meditation that will take you on a journey of self-exploration.

My Recovery from Nighttime Bingeing

Pretty much every night, for 46 years, I woke up in a semihypnotic state and ravaged for food…

Energy Meditation for Healing Yourself After Illness, Injury, or Surgery

Wounded in body or spirit? A energy meditation can assist with healing and recovery.

5 Tips for Holiday Stress Management

Here are a few tips for keeping calm and taking care during the holiday season.

5 Ways to Connect with Your Spirit Guide

We can turn to these guides for support and a little nudge when we need help finding the right direction in life.

7 Tools to Ease Anxiety at Family Gatherings

These tools will help you keep your cool through the chaos of the holidays.

Toolbox: More Tools for Cleaning Your Brain

These picks by S&H will help your mind stay sharp and clear.

5 Natural Ways to Deal with Eczema

Science-backed, natural treatments to soothe insanely itchy eczema.

Think You Can't Meditate? Think Again.
If I had a nickel for every person who said to me “I can’t meditate,” I’d be rich. But for the multitudes of people who have busy, focused lives yet say they cannot meditate, there…
Dreams at the Edge of Sleep

Liminal dreaming is a remarkable mind state, one you can channel for creativity or problem solving, use as a form of metacognition to explore your thought processes, or simply play with as a form of consciousness exploration.

COVID-19: Resources to Help You Stabilize

There is so much happening in the world right now that we have no control over. Here are some resources to help you reconnect to your heart and find stability.

Shhh ... a Silent Retreat Guide

“A silent retreat is a gift to yourself to recalibrate, to connect, to learn about yourself in a beautiful way. In such a way that you can only get when your basic needs are taken care of and you are given the time, space, and instruction to meditate in silence.”

5 Ways to Protect Your Brain from Cognitive Decline

The five lifestyle pillars to prevent brain decline.

Laughing Buddha, Laughing Jesus
There’s a line I love from Leonard Cohen, not a song lyric but a remark the singer/songwriter makes between tunes on his “Live in London” album. In the introduction to “Ain’t No…
The Potent Power of the Sun
Our modern lives are filled with modern conveniences. We no longer look to the rhythms of nature to guide us in our days. If we live in a city, it’s enough of a challenge to look f…
The 8 Limbs of Patanjali

Lessons on living a better life from the father of yoga.

Four Ways to Social Distance Without Screens

When we are on screens so much, it is important to find ways to relax and recharge without them. Here are some simple ideas.

Creating Balance in Our Lives by Changing the Way We Think
“Balance” is a word I use every day. Did you know we can achieve balance and the lives we want to live by changing how we think?I recently attended a workshop that helped me learn …
How Your Brain Processes Anxiety

For every outward symptom you can see from anxiety, there are even more complex processes happening inside your brain.

Fresh Start

Try one of our favorite morning rituals to set the right tone for your day.

Reiki River
Reiki RiverNiallParadise MusicNiall (a Celtic name meaning “champion”) was born in Luton, England, and began his study of music at the age of seven, first with the recorder and tru…
10 Best Mists to Spritz

A wonderful way to refresh yourself throughout the day, these aromatic mists can help in a variety of ways.

Which Rest is Best?

A new study suggests cognitive fatigue can be relieved by playing “casual video games.”

When Anxiety Spirals and Mindfulness Isn’t Enough

The world doesn’t stop being confusing and cruel just because we decide to think positively. When anxiety has you gripping the sheets, ask yourself these questions to redirect.

The End of Your World
Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of EnlightenmentBy AdyashantiSounds True, 2008, $24.95“More and more people are waking up — having real, authentic glimpses of reality,” says…
20 Creative (and Shame-Free) New Year’s Resolutions

Sometimes we set ourselves up for failure by making promises we can’t keep by initiating resolutions steeped in self-blame.

Finding Inner Peace, At Summer Camp

Pass the s’mores—and make them vegan! A new brand of sleep-away camp caters to wellness-seeking adults.

Treating Inflammation with Ayurveda

Every choice we make, everything we do, is either inflammatory or anti-inflammatory.

Treating Depression With Ayurveda

Strengthen your Sadhaka Agni and fight depression with these simple practices.

Books We Love

This year, our Books We Love section examines self-care from an ayurvedic perspective, how food affects mental health and immunity, and how to cultivate a moon practice, and more.

Don’t Make These Two Beginner Meditation Mistakes
The two biggest mistakes we make when trying to start a meditation practice: Saying we cannot clear our mind of thoughts, so why try?; and saying we don’t have enough time.First, l…
The Heart Opens the Self to Love

6 ways to nurture self-love.

Surrender: A Practice of Uncertainty

COVID-19 has anxiety on high. To cope: It’s time to surrender.

My Practice: Morning Pages and Ayurveda

Learn how a renowned Ayurvedic and yoga practitioner moves through her day.

Dinacharya: A Yogi’s Routine for a Long and Healthy Life

Align with nature’s rhythm and see your own radical change

Kundalini Yoga
The Body Electric All-in-One WorkoutAna Brett and Ravi Singh“In all our years of training in various yoga, fitness, and self-help modalities, we have yet to find a system as compre…
Creating Calm from Chaos
The issue of stress is rampant in our culture. With ever-lengthening lists to get done, and increasing demands on our time and attention, stress is showing itself at every level of…
Review: Haiku as Meditation in "The River of Heaven"
I have always found haiku, with its spare text and deeply penetrating insight, a perfect doorway to meditation. With scarce means—the haiku form allows a mere 17 syllables in…
8 Ways to Decalcify Your Pineal Gland for Wellbeing

When you decalcify the pineal gland—known as the third-eye chakra—you remove calcium phosphate deposits. This can lead not only to better health and wellbeing but to higher consciousness.

Meditation on the Mat

Try yoga nidra for deep relaxation and profound healing.

Natural Stress Relief

It is possible to live a stress-free life with completely natural methods.

6 Ways to Keep Technology from Hijacking Your Holidays

“Technology has changed our behavior drastically, and yet we are still humans—social beings who crave connection and affection, who eat, sleep, laugh, cry, and love.”

Healing Your Body Holistically
Remember having to wait in line at P.E. class in middle school to be checked for scoliosis? Bending over to touch your toes while some strange doctor checked your back for any abno…
Keeping Stay-at-Home Kids Healthy

Kids stuck at home due to coronavirus pandemic? Here are some ways to keep them mentally and physically fit.

The River of Heaven
The Haiku of Basho, Buson, Issa, and ShikiBy Robert AitkenI have always found haiku, with its spare text and deeply penetrating insight, a perfect doorway to meditation. With scarc…
Gentle Winter Cleanse: A Mid-Holiday Reset

Take these classic Ayurvedic autumn meals and turn them into an early winter cleanse.

Neurodharma: Brain Science and Spirituality

Psychologist Rick Hanson shares how meditation changes the wiring in our brain, how to make your practice your own, and how science and contemplative practice are connected.

5 New Ways to Fight Anxiety

Five novel ways to tamp down daily anxiety.

Classical Musician Serenades the Chakras

Musician Miriam Jameson shares the story that inspired her new album.

Meaningful Rituals for Winter Solstice

How you can create some new traditions to celebrate the winter solstice.

My Practice: Mas Vidal

See how a renowned instructor and dedicated yogi and ayurvedic practitioner, Mas Vidal, kicks off his day.

Befriending the Vagus Nerve

Explore the most accessible ways to achieve natural vagus nerve stimulation.

10 Ways To Improve Memory And Concentration
According to Dr Itzhak Fried, Professor of Neurosurgery and Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, “We only need to see something once to remember it.” The senior author of a…
Finding Refuge

My 5-Week, $500 Vacation from Anxiety

5 Easy Ways to Boost Brain Function

Try these methods to boost a frazzled brain.

7 Self-Care Tips During the Holidays

Stop feeling frazzled and find ways to slow down, find balance, and recharge.

Deva Premal & Miten’s 5 Surprising Ways to Make Love Last

Based on their experiences, here are some how to make love last tips.

Beautiful Dreamer

Andrew Holecek wants to change the way you dream, and then change the way you live.

Nirvana at a Carolina Bus Stop
It wasn’t quite so spring-like yesterday here in Northern Michigan, back to slightly more “normal” temperatures. It’s spring break week around here, which may account for a smaller…
Science & Spirit: Sleeping, Dogs, Uncertainty

This week, learn why adopting a dog is a lot like dating; how to deal with uncertainty; and sneaky ways to reset your body clock. Want to know more? Read on.

Don't Tell Me To Relax: Emotional Resilience in the Age of Rage

Meditation teacher and psychotherapist Ralph De La Rosa, author of Don't Tell Me to Relax, offers advice for living fully through difficult times.

Lighting Against Seasonal Affective Disorder
As the days grow darker in the fall and winter, so do our moods. The shift is nature’s way of making us conserve energy for what would naturally be times of scarcity. But of cour…
Our Precious Human Birth
Yesterday our meditation group began Chapter 3 of Joseph Goldstein’s One Dharma. It seems fitting, having just finished a retreat, to think about the four “reminders,” or “reflecti…
5 Ways Chocolate Can Keep You Stress-Free

It’s time to stop the stress cycle for good. Here are five ways to indulge in chocolate without the guilt.

Centering Around the Chaos

When you have small children, the morning centering routine has to come early. Real early.

Finding Joy in Simplicity

Let go of being weighed down by an overly complicated life.

5 Signs You’re Suffering from Toxic Stress

If these signs feel familiar, here's what you can do about it.

A Sound Bath: Ways to Use Sound and Music to Promote Wellbeing

“Sound and music can quickly alter your mood, affecting your subconscious mind. Listening to music is a relatively inexpensive, easily accessible solution to elevate your awareness and your emotional states.”

How to Find Your Own Personal Miracle Cure

Modern medicine is driven by huge, randomized double-blind trials that may not apply to your own particular genes or lifestyle. Here’s how to join the truly personal medical revolution.

My Wooden Bowl: Container of Contentment?

“I was intrigued three decades ago when I learned that Mahatma Ghandi ate all of his food out of one bowl. I decided to emulate him, starting with a medium-sized very plain wooden bowl that someone had already given me as a gift.”

Dealing with COVID-19: 5 Ways to Control Coronavirus Anxiety

Is coronavirus news ramping up your anxiety? Does the thought of social distancing make you fret? Try these five strategies to help you cope.

The Opportunity of Depression
When you think of depression, you most likely think of it as a disease of the brain, a neurochemical imbalance. Research, however, does not support this idea.Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD a…
12 Reasons to Yawn Every Day

Is a yawn simply a silent scream for coffee or is it something more? Understand why yawning is a spiritual practice, and how you can include more of it in your daily routine.

If You Want To... Invest in a Wellness Program

10 powerful paths toward finding optimum wellness—and a better you

I Have Just Returned from 10 Days of Silence. . .

I woke up at 4:00 a.m., meditated for 11 hours, and ate my last meal of the day at 11:00 a.m.—for 10 days. Where to begin?

Don't Choke

Try these tricks to handle the pressure of performance.

91-Year-Old Meditation Master Ruth Denison

In the California desert, a vipassana pioneer prepares for the next stage of her remarkable life.

Befriending Nightmares

Don’t run away. Engaging with dreams—even nightmares—can teach us a lot about our emotional selves.

How to Deeply Connect Your Body With Nature

“Wellness is essentially being in tune with nature and aligning ourselves with the inherent wisdom that is within us all.” Here are seven ways to connect your body with nature.

5 Questions with Lissa Rankin
1. In The Daily Flame, you offer guidance from the “Inner Pilot Light.” How do you help others to recognize their own light? I use what Richard Schwartz PhD, founder of Internal …
Training to Die Awake

Dying awake is a journey rather than a single moment during the dying process. There’s a rigor, and there’s a letting go.

Allow Yourself to Rest

We can’t seek the deepest rest. We can relax the activity that obstructs our contact with it.

Your Soul Needs Playtime
A few years ago, when I was teaching an undergraduate seminar at Stanford on the psychology of happiness, I had the students put away their books and push their chairs to the side …
Music’s Body-Mind-Spirit Connection

An excerpt from Body Intelligence by Joseph Cardillo

Two New Books for Finding Real Joy in Relationships

Two new books in the field of positive psychology show us how to find real-life joy in our relationships.

6 Ways to Declutter Your Mind

Let go of unnecessary mind baggage

The Happiness Track: Finding a Dream Job

Discovering your strengths and passion.

Dosha-licious: Pitta Radiant

Pitta, you are the light of the world. You bring us color, vision, clarity, focus, enthusiasm, adventure!

Build a Better Morning with Ayurveda

Integrative psychiatrist Judith Pentz, MD, shares six ways Ayurveda can rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.

Food Sensitivities and Gut Repair

Scientific researchers are clear that food intolerances are different from allergies and may take longer to show up in the body than allergies.

Create an Intentional Morning Routine

There is a sacredness that is found in the first moments of the morning. While it may feel overwhelming to change your entire morning routine in one day, consider slowly adding components to it that will set the tone for your day.

40 Days to a Lean, Calm, Energized & Happy Self

An interview with Sara Gottfried MD

34 Affirmations for Healthy Living

Try positive self-talk to eat better, feel stronger, and rejuvenate your body.

How Listening to Your Gut Can Curb Anxiety: An Eater’s Guide

Creating balance in your gut can help to alleviate your anxiety.

Is Buddhism True?

An Interview with Robert Wright

Shift Your Body, Change Your Mind
At the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, we have been working for the last year to find ways to help our veterans returning from Iraq a…
Shift Your Body, Shift Your Mind
At the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we have worked for the last few years to find ways to help our veterans returning from Iraq an…
Candle Gazing and 4 Other Ways to Balance an Overactive Mind

The effects of constantly being “on” can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds. Try candle gazing and these other practices to induce stillness and relieve stress.

Mindful Eating: The Benefits and How to Start

Mindful eating means being intentional about what, when, and how you eat. It can become more intuitive the more you practice.

To Winter Detox or Not
Winter is here and brings with it shorter days, colder temperatures and, in many climates, less sunshine. It also seems to bring a fair number of holidays that are all about food. …
Got Gökotta?

This Swedish practice will start your morning on the right note.

The Yoga of Kindness

Yin yoga helps us experience acceptance and connection in a physical way

Living Ultra-Light
Growing up in the rather conservative city of Ottawa, Canada, I never felt that I fit in, but I found a niche at fifteen when I discovered alcohol, boys, and dance clubs. My favori…
Increase Ojas to Strengthen Your Immune System

Incorporate Ayurvedic eating principles into your life to increase ojas and support your immune system.

Meaningful Morning
Mornings can be tough. Maybe you like to sleep in as long as you can, and end up getting ready for the day by running around your house like a crazed animal. Maybe you have a basi…
3 Popular Meditations For Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD)

Here are three spiritual and holistic techniques that you can use to help you with SAD

7 Surprising Health Benefits of Silver

Silver has numerous health benefits, including a property that suffocates bacteria.

6 Lesser-Known Ways to Beat Burnout

Are you burned out? It may feel insurmountable at times. The key is finding strategies that work for you. To start ... avoid numbing, feed your soul.

The Ultimate Qigong Exercise: Lifting the Sky
Qigong is meditation in motion. The slow, intentional and mindful flowing movements provide stress relief, induce calm and relaxation, and give you the tool for being in the presen…
The Fallow Field: The Virtue of Doing Nothing
I’ve been spending a lot of my evenings lately sitting at home watching Netflix.Not very romantic, I know. On these evenings, after long days of meetings, teaching, yoga, meditatio…
Against Intuition

Does your gut tell you not to trust your gut? Maybe you should listen.

A Celtic Quest: Wellness Tour of Ireland

Experience Ireland on a wellness tour with singer-songwriter Tara O’Grady, author of Migrating Toward Happiness, the inspirational memoir that reveals how to awaken your soul’s blissful state of being.

The Wisdom of Uncertainty
One of the best things about yoga, for me, has been learning to tap into the wisdom of my body. We live in a very thinking oriented culture, and when I’ve been worried about someth…
How to Give to Others Without Burning Out

Research suggests that self-care can reduce stress and exhaustion—if we know how to practice it.

Trauma Shake

Mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. James S. Gordon shares a technique to shake loose trauma from the body.

27 Ways to Keep Your Immune System Humming

Keep your immune system strong—now more than ever!

5 Foods to Keep You Cool Inside

Cooling foods help you beat inner inflammation.

Float Tank Into Happiness

Submerge yourself into complete bliss.

Thriving as an Empath

For 20 years, Judith Orloff has helped make being an empath “something that caring characters would aspire towards.” She shares practices from a lifetime of overcoming shame and creating empowerment.

A Goddess of Post Traumatic Growth: Nilapataka Nitya

This goddess encourages us to courageously churn the oceans of our inner selves, to explore the painful feelings and old traumas in our psyches and let them teach us something.

Trauma is an Integrative Experience that Requires Integrative Healing

Trauma affects all the systems of the body, mind, soul and spirit; its treatment must go beyond talk centered therapies.

The Happiness Track: Guilt-Free Time Off
I was wondering how to squeeze in a vacation this summer, and thinking maybe I should work through it or just skip it entirely, with all the other things going one—and suddenly I r…
5 Ways to Practice Grounding for Spiritual Renewal

“Thirty minutes spent grounded and expressing yourself through visual arts is 30 minutes of fresh, pure creative energy flowing through your body and infusing your cells—to flush old energy out and wash in new life, giving energy on a spiritual level! … A renewal of spirit.”

Reinventing the Season of Advent

It’s holiday season. Take advent beyond the four walls of your own home.

Why I’m a Student of Thich Nhat Hanh

I know of no spiritual teacher or person who more fully embodies peace and compassionate understanding than Thich Nhat Hanh, or Thay, as he is lovingly known by his students.

Stressed Out? Make a Checklist.

This one simple strategy can help you significantly reduce your anxiety and stress.

Why We Need to Stop

Find ways to pause, rest, and be mindful.

Self-Trust: Two Secrets to Try

We can’t second-guess every choice we make. So how do we know what it means for something to feel right?

The Rest Story

The foundation of mental, physical, and spiritual health is rest. Four rest experts provide insight on sacred rest.

The Tao of Chronic Pain

Suffering is Optional. Here’s how to find the teacher inside.

The Power of the Moon

Learning how to tap into the phases of the moon can be a powerful practice.

The Inner Rewards of Yoga: 4 Hard Lessons I Learned

One woman shares her top four lessons learned from practicing Karma Yoga.

A Playlist For Nervous Cats

Parent to a nervous cat? Body-Mind-Spirit connection isn't just for the humans—help your cat cultivate its inner peace through music.

Explore CBD

In our special section we explore CBD from a variety of angles. Dive in to get up to speed on this huge trend.

Thoughtful Giving: Make Sure You're Providing Real Help
When I give money to international agencies that work in developing countries, I worry that my money doesn’t reach the intended recipient. How can I be smart about choosing which p…
Immune Health and Diet

Dr. Jenna Macciochi shares tips for building a strong line of defense.

3 Sense Practices to Calm Anxiety
Our senses offer an immediate doorway to the present moment, and there are potent added benefits to these three sensory experiences. Try one the next time your stress and anxiety m…
Find the Right Tea to Soothe Body and Soul

Find the right tea to soothe yourself, body and soul.

Pratyahara: Withdrawing the Senses and Feeling Feelings
There’s a principle in Patanjali’s classical text on Yoga, the Yoga Sutras, called pratyahara. It’s usually translated as “withdrawal of the senses,” and it’s a part of the classic…
Service: Seane Corn
In our spiritual luminary series, each week we will feature someone who personifies a key spiritual value. In the first installment, we chat with yogi and activist Seane Corn, who …
The Beautiful Sound of Relaxation and Energy

A didgeridoo concert reveals the instrument’s powers to reduce stress, blood pressure, and pain and promote an intense feeling of peace and wellbeing.

Close to the Ground: The Secret of Abiding Joy
I’m sitting, watching Parker perform her first dance masterpiece. Its baseline is a collection of moves from her gymnastics class. She has layered on top of these most of the compo…
Great Time at a Meditation Retreat?
Here’s a photo of our local group at our 5-day retreat downstate, which went great, thanks to my co-facilitator Karen’s hard work. I wish we were all in the photo, but a few manage…
The Miraculous Sigh

Excerpt from The Foundations of Mindfulness

Healing with Sound Frequencies: How Does It Work?

There's growing interest in using sound frequency for various ailments and to boost human health. Are healing frequencies effective? Research suggests they are.

Close to the Ground: Just Stuff
One of my sisters hasn’t spoken to me for some 20 years now. I am guessing it’s because I sat next to her ex at a family wedding. He is fun and funny. I laughed a lot. Unskillful i…
Winter Practices To Support Your Inward Journey

This next month can be fertile ground for renewal of spirit and for clarity of mind and heart.

Zen and the Art of Not Tearing Your Hair Out
If you had a time machine, would you speed forward into the future or relive the past?Someone asked me this once in a car on a road trip, and while my car-mates reminisced about ti…
Just Be: How Doing Nothing Sparks Creativity

“In terms of achievement, relaxing and ‘doing nothing’ can be extremely beneficial for nurturing creativity.”

Finding Rest in a World that Just Wants You to Keep Going

Step away and create an “oasis time” for restoration, communion, and grace.

How Sugar Is Affecting Your Spirituality

Consuming too much sugar harms the body, brain, and spirit.

7 Ways to Deal with Toxic Family Members Over the Holidays

If you know there’ll be at least one toxic relative to face this holiday season, here's how to protect yourself and navigate your way forward as sanely and serenely as possible.

How to Get Really Good at Dying

Get comfortable, close your eyes. And say to yourself, over and over again, I might die today. I might die today. I might die today.

Carry-On Wellness
No matter the duration of your flight, it’s important to take good care of yourself. What you do—or don’t do—aboard the plane makes all the difference in the world when…
Recovery Trekking: A Spiritual Approach to Recovery from Addiction

"I realized at some point along my own journey that alcohol was not my problem; I was my problem, and I was unconsciously using alcohol to change my reality."

Examen Practice: Following the Thread

An examen practice can assist in finding and interpreting the thread of spirituality that is always in your life.

Showing Up for What Is

The contemplative life of women mystics.

The Shirt off My Back

Would you give the shirt off your back? This practice has brought the author joy and challenges.

A Centering Prayer

"After experiencing silence and surrender in yoga, I returned to ancient Christian prayer techniques and postures with renewed interest and a willingness to be playful. In the process, I discovered prayer practices that have opened places in my heart to which I didn’t previously have access."

Home Sweet Home? Not for Domestic Workers. Ai-jen Poo Demands Justice

On the front lines fighting for the dignity of an invisible workforce, Ai-jen Poo aims to rehumanize society.

Dance Like No One's Watching: How to Get Your Creative Groove Back
“Creativity is God’s will for us and should be practiced like any other spiritual practice – one day at a time.” – Julia CameronAs a child, being creative is a natural part of ever…
Natural Medicine: Quick Tips for Better Health
I hear that ghee has a higher level of bad cholesterol, but I thought it was better for you than butter. Which is healthier, ghee or butter?Dr. Michael Murray: Ghee is clarified bu…
Five Tips to Strengthen Your Intuition

Get tips on how to strengthen your intuition, the critical tool you use to listen to that inner voice that often knows the best way forward.

Prayers for Our Children
A soon to be mother asked me what prayers she could do for the child in her womb. It brought me back to my days as a pregnant lady. There was a sensation of something incredible on…
The Sounds of Silence
Unable to take the sheer noisiness of big-city life anymore, I left for a town of 500 people in a corner of Alaska...Sleepless at 1:30, I get up, wrap myself up in a gray blanket, …
29 Ways to Let It All Go

Maybe you’ve come across one of those bumper stickers that reads Let That #$!% Go, or you’ve seen a T-shirt with the same expression and a serene image of Buddha. But how to let go?

How Childhood Trauma Affects Adult Health
Do the aftereffects of traumatic events we suffered as children follow us into adulthood in a physical way? Research about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) proves that enormous…
Life Lessons from the Parking Lot

One-third of the new homeless are living in their vehicles with laptops, tablets, and cellphones. My husband and I were two of them.

Drink Tea - It's Good for You!

The delicate new leaves and buds of each new tea shoot contain ingredients that deliver a number of health benefits to our bodies.

Create A Living Ritual

How to connect through our bodies with the transcendent dimension of our lives.

All the Feels: How Feeling Your Feelings Can Teach You to Heal

“We do not get to choose what feelings arise or how intensely we feel them. Our only choice is in how we relate to them.”

Can Mudita Save the United Nations?
Musings on Buddhism’s ‘Sympathetic Joy’, FOMO and the Global Climate Crisis I have a confession to make: I am in recovery from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). I became acutely aware o…
7 Myths of Self-Care and the Truth of Building Resilience

Self-care is not a luxury. In order to build resilience, putting yourself first is critical. Here are seven of the self-care roadblocks we erect and how to break through them to find love and compassion for ourselves.

Try This Gut-fulness Meditation

Take a month to figure out what you can and can’t eat.

Menopause Symptoms Got You Down? Here’s How to Stay Positive

Menopause symptoms are a harsh reality of life. But “they should be seen not so much as the end of the reproductive years but as the beginning or rebirth of a whole new you.”

4 Ways to Focus Your Attention

It’s hard to focus when there’s so much stimuli competing for our attention every second. These tricks can help.

Creating Your Dharma Vision Through Contemplation

Adapted excerpt from Awake at the Bedside

Become a Soul Nerd

(Re)learn to read deeply. The mental stillness required for a long read allows your mind to formulate a moral position. This kind of bibliotherapy provides a healing place for the soul.

Byron Katie, the Inquirist

An interview with with the founder of The Work and author of numerous best-selling books Byron Katie.

Brain Wash: Rewire Your Brain for Healthier Habits

Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter explain how we can rewire our brains to develop healthier habits.

10 Ways to Raise Your Vibration

Your frequency impacts every aspect of your life. The good news: You have the power to up your frequency at any moment. Here is how to raise your vibration.

Why Go Paleo?

One Doctor's Story

How the Body Creates Our Moods

Classic research grounds our moods in the body, not in the head, and points toward simple steps to happiness.

Seven Buddhist Lessons in Gratitude

Gratitude is powerful. Building your sense of thankfulness the Buddhist way.

E-Wellness

From medical appointments to yoga classes, the world has gone virtual—and it’s working. Brandi-Ann Uyemura digs into the future of care.

Traditional Chinese Medicine: The Witchiest Medicine of the West?

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners are modern-day witches—swapping potions and rituals for age-old proven herbal medicine formulas, acupuncture, moxa burning, and more—providing healing power not only to physical beings, but also to mind and spirit.

What Makes an Ordinary Place a Sacred Space?

With one in five Americans now unaffiliated with organized religion, a new generation is on a journey to create—or discover—the next great sacred space.

Face to the Floor: How a Buddhist American woman opened her heart to Islam
Omar stood on my doorstep, smiling and peering at me through square, outdated glasses. He placed his hand over his heart in a traditional Muslim greeting and stepped inside. His d…
Lessons from Peak Experiences
About 10 years ago I paddled my white-water kayak onto a wave at “Steamer Lane” in Santa Cruz, California, on a day when the size of the of the waves at the famed surf spot made th…
Best Retreats for the Active Traveler
The spiritual path leads toward “total aliveness” and entails peace and calm and simplicity, but it may also include bucket-list-level indulgence. The problem of course is that the…
Survival Consciousness
Infinite bliss and enlightenment may be just a breath away. But what does that really mean?Many years ago a stage hypnotist came to my high school for a routine performance in whic…
Beyond the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
About fifteen years ago, Robert E. Thayer, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at California State University Long Beach and author of the recent book The Origin of Everyday Moods (Ox…
Breath: Breathing Advice From an Expert

In his book Breath, veteran journalist James Nestor explains the fundamental importance of how we breathe and why “the conclusion was always the same. When it comes to breathing, less almost always equals more.”

Acceptance: The Surprising Antidote to Suffering

“We tend to think of stress as something that happens outside of ourselves; something that happens to us. But science is showing that it’s not the stressors in our life, but how we perceive them that determines how much we suffer.”

The Generative Game of Life

Generative people tend to be those who have worked through their identity crises. Their life stories -- good or horrible -- tend to be coherent. They're dealing with their stuff, figuring out who they are. In other words, self-help isn't selfish.

How to Practice Self-compassion

The secret to empowered action is learning not to beat yourself up.

Use Rituals to Ease the Anguish of Loss
Experts and survivors agree—use rituals to ease the anguish of loss. Then practice acts of love to move forward toward a sense of peace.Near midnight on Good Friday, 1990, just hou…
Surviving Prison

Damien Echols, once on death row, says deepening his study of Western mysticism helped him survive and transcend prison.

Why Do We Feel Awe?

According to Dacher Keltner, there are important evolutionary reasons: It's good for our minds, bodies, and social connections.

Self-Compassion: How to Value Yourself
The secret to empowered action is learning not to beat yourself up Strive for more, work even harder, aim to be the best! We live in a society that regularly sends us such message…
Transcending Depression Without a Script

Antidepressants leveled out the highs and lows. So I found ways to supercharge them—to fully experience the agony and the ecstasy. And that feels better…

Rewiring My Brain

“So, what are you doing now?” my well-meaning friends would ask after I had quit my job with no apparent employment or other occupation in sight. The only honest answer I could give was to say, “I’m rewiring my brain.”

3 Best Practices for Future Happiness

“We all want our future self to be happy, so we ask: ‘What can I do to relieve this person’s suffering?’

Divine Brine for the Dis-Ease of...
The Comparative MindComparing is great for prices at the grocery store, but when we start treating the unique and sacred story of our own life that way, we always invite suffering.…
Four Legal Entheogens for the Spiritual Explorer
Throughout human history, spiritual seekers have used sacred plants and fungi for healing, visionary encounters, and mystical experience. Though this history has been largely obfus…
The Healing Truth

The goal of The World Wisdom Bible is not to create a world religion, but to create peace, 12 coffee cups at a time

Zen Garden

As her family begins the restoration of a traditional Japanese-style garden, Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller receives a teaching of love—and of letting go—in the fleeting beauty of its flowers.

Balancing the Brain Toward Joy
An Interview with Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.Twelve years ago, at 37, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist and spokeswoman for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Cen…
Live from a Place of Love: An Interview with Wayne Dyer
Dr. Wayne Dyer is a famously self-made man who was born in Detroit in 1940 and spent his early years in orphanages. He became a high school guidance counselor and then a professor …
3 Legal Entheogens for the Spiritual Explorer
Throughout human history, spiritual seekers have used sacred plants and fungi for healing, visionary encounters, and mystical experience. Though this history has been largely obfus…
The Soundtrack of Healing
Outside the main entrance to the 80-acre campus of Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colorado, the air is filled with the sweet serenade of chirping bobwhites and…
Eckhart Tolle: The Easier Path

The renowned spiritual teacher on getting stuck in the future and saving the planet.

Empowered by the Sacred
An Invocation"Rise and place your hands on your heart. Bow your head to your heart and in doing so, bow your mind, bow your intelligence, bow your ego, to the presence of the Livin…
Share Your Gifts at Burning Man

If you’re into exploring other worlds, altering your sense of gravity, and playing in some of the biggest waves on the planet—you just may want to jump in.

Spiritual Radicals: A New Spirituality

These seven spiritual leaders represent a variety of perspectives, backgrounds, and traditions. They are creating change on the ground, touching lives, and helping to define the future of spirituality.

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