“A new study suggests that practicing acceptance helps reduce our stress more than simple mindful awareness.
Mindfulness practices that specifically emphasize acceptance teach us a nonjudgmental attitude toward our experiences—meaning, learning not to label our thoughts, feelings, or experiences as good or bad, and trying not to change or resist them in any way.”
“I have come to realize that inner work — taking the time to grow self-awareness, notice the patterns in your daily routine, and move towards positive change — is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, both personally and professionally”
Pico Iyer is one of our most eloquent explorers of what he calls the “inner world” — in himself and in the 21st century world at large. In this intimate conversation, we explore the discoveries he’s making and his practice of “the art of stillness.”
Loneliness isn’t simply painful, it’s lethal. Several meta-studies have found the mortality risk associated with loneliness is higher than that of obesity and equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes per day. So, Vivek Murthy, US surgeon general from 2014 to 2017, decided to label loneliness a public health “epidemic,” a term that medical professionals don’t throw around lightly.
“Controlled breathing, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. For centuries yogis have used breath control, or pranayama, to promote concentration and improve vitality.
Science is just beginning to provide evidence that the benefits of this ancient practice are real. Studies have found, for example, that breathing practices can help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and attention deficit disorder.”