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Guided Sleep MeditationsMore…
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.
Relaxing Guided Meditation for Rest or Sleep
A useful tool to get to sleep.
Cooling Sleep Meditation for Hot Summer Nights
Use this guided meditation to cool off the body and mind and prepare for rest.
Meditation for Deep Sleep: A Delicious FantasylandWander 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 WolfRediscovering 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.
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Guide to Better SleepMore…
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 SleepReiki 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 SleepGuided 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 IllnessA 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…
Guided Meditation for Stress Relief: Breathing With the Pelvic Floor
A guided meditation to release tension.
Book Review: Dream YogaDream 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 YourselfMaybe 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 FibromyalgiaFibromyalgia (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 MeditationWe 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 PanicI’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 ThoughtsRacing 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 SleepDo 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…
Heart Art mandala'verse: Original Art and Poetry for the Heart
An excerpt from SaraSwati Shakti's new book.
The Power of We: 3 Ways Qigong Can Heal
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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 DreamzzzKristen 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 InspirationThe 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 PayoffsSomething 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 LifeYou 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 JesusThere’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 SunOur 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.
Try one of our favorite morning rituals to set the right tone for your day.
2014 Holiday Gift GuideMore…
Reiki RiverReiki 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 WorldUncensored 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 MistakesThe 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 YogaThe 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 ChaosThe 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 HolisticallyRemember 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 HeavenThe 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 ConcentrationAccording 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…
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.
Andrew Holecek wants to change the way you dream, and then change the way you live.
Nirvana at a Carolina Bus StopIt 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 DisorderAs 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 BirthYesterday 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 DepressionWhen 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?
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.
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 Rankin1. 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 PlaytimeA 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 MindAt 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 MindAt 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 NotWinter 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. …
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-LightGrowing 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 MorningMornings 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 SkyQigong 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 NothingI’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…
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 UncertaintyOne 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.
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 OffI 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.
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Thoughtful Giving: Make Sure You're Providing Real HelpWhen 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 AnxietyOur 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 FeelingsThere’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 CornIn 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 JoyI’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…
Surviving the HolidaysMore…
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 StuffOne 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 OutIf 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 WellnessNo 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 HealthI 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 ChildrenA 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 SilenceUnable 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 HealthDo 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.
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 IslamOmar 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 ExperiencesAbout 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 TravelerThe 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 ConsciousnessInfinite 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 UglyAbout 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 LossExperts 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…
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 YourselfThe 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 ExplorerThroughout human history, spiritual seekers have used sacred plants and fungi for healing, visionary encounters, and mystical experience. Though this history has been largely obfus…
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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
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 JoyAn 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 DyerDr. 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 ExplorerThroughout 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 HealingOutside 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 SacredAn 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.
100+ Books We Love
Dive in to our special section on 100+ books we love.