What Everyone Should Know About Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)  If you, like myself and 20 percent of the population, are an HSP, you likely often feel isolated because you’re unable to enjoy (or even simply tolerate) certain tasks and activities in the same ways that your peers do. The good news: this isn't because you're disdainful or just plain difficult—it's just the way your body is wired. 

What Everyone Should Know About Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)

If you, like myself and 20 percent of the population, are an HSP, you likely often feel isolated because you’re unable to enjoy (or even simply tolerate) certain tasks and activities in the same ways that your peers do. The good news: this isn't because you're disdainful or just plain difficult—it's just the way your body is wired. 

 Body Neutrality: Buddhism For Body Image  From a young age, societal ideals often pressure women to feel negatively toward their bodies. To combat this, self-love advocates swoop in and promote "body positivity." But instead of making the effort and taking the time to feel negatively or positively about one's body, why can't we "just be" with it?

Body Neutrality: Buddhism For Body Image

From a young age, societal ideals often pressure women to feel negatively toward their bodies. To combat this, self-love advocates swoop in and promote "body positivity." But instead of making the effort and taking the time to feel negatively or positively about one's body, why can't we "just be" with it?

 True Story: I Meditated For 10 Days Straight  Evert day from 4:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., with a few breaks for meals or tea in between, I sat in silence, cross-legged on the floor, not allowed to move even a finger during "strong determination" sittings, attempting to solely focus on the sensations of being alive. Here's what happened.

True Story: I Meditated For 10 Days Straight

Evert day from 4:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., with a few breaks for meals or tea in between, I sat in silence, cross-legged on the floor, not allowed to move even a finger during "strong determination" sittings, attempting to solely focus on the sensations of being alive. Here's what happened.

 How To Become A Meditation Teacher  When someone mentions the words "meditation" and "teacher" in the same sentence, an image of a long-bearded sage sitting cross-legged in the mountains of Rajasthan might spring to mind. While there are probably a few teachers out there who fit this rather stereotypical bill, these days, the path to becoming a meditation teacher is likely much closer than you might think—here's how to start your journey. 

How To Become A Meditation Teacher

When someone mentions the words "meditation" and "teacher" in the same sentence, an image of a long-bearded sage sitting cross-legged in the mountains of Rajasthan might spring to mind. While there are probably a few teachers out there who fit this rather stereotypical bill, these days, the path to becoming a meditation teacher is likely much closer than you might think—here's how to start your journey. 

 True Story: How I Became A Reiki Practitioner  Fascinated by the concept of universal energy and its ability to influence and heal, I decided to spend a weekend becoming a Reiki Level 1 and Level 2 Practitioner. Here's what happened. 

True Story: How I Became A Reiki Practitioner

Fascinated by the concept of universal energy and its ability to influence and heal, I decided to spend a weekend becoming a Reiki Level 1 and Level 2 Practitioner. Here's what happened. 

  B  u rnt Out? Try This.   Irrational emotions can manifest themselves in a myriad of ways, whether at work, financially, in romantic relationships, or as part of your social life. When certain parts of our brains aren't strong enough to help us control these emotions, we may end up doing or saying things we regret. This is where a meditation practice can swoop in and help you manage these difficult emotions with a bit more ease.

Burnt Out? Try This. 

Irrational emotions can manifest themselves in a myriad of ways, whether at work, financially, in romantic relationships, or as part of your social life. When certain parts of our brains aren't strong enough to help us control these emotions, we may end up doing or saying things we regret. This is where a meditation practice can swoop in and help you manage these difficult emotions with a bit more ease.

  Woman Photographs The Homeless Only To Find Her Father Among Them   This is the story of Diana Kim, a young photographer born and bred in Honolulu, Hawaii. Formerly homeless, Diana has dedicated her love of photography to showcasing the hardships faced by the homeless in her project entitled  The Homeless Paradise .Though never did she think this project would force her to face a different hardship of her own – confronting her estranged father, alone on the streets, suffering from a severe mental illness.

Woman Photographs The Homeless Only To Find Her Father Among Them

This is the story of Diana Kim, a young photographer born and bred in Honolulu, Hawaii. Formerly homeless, Diana has dedicated her love of photography to showcasing the hardships faced by the homeless in her project entitled The Homeless Paradise.Though never did she think this project would force her to face a different hardship of her own – confronting her estranged father, alone on the streets, suffering from a severe mental illness.

  B  ernie Won't Win The Nomination, But This Is What His Success Says About America   Even though Bernie didn't make it into the 2016 general election, his campaign has proven that the kind of politics he represents is much more widely supported than most realized, and has already started pushing America toward radical change.

Bernie Won't Win The Nomination, But This Is What His Success Says About America

Even though Bernie didn't make it into the 2016 general election, his campaign has proven that the kind of politics he represents is much more widely supported than most realized, and has already started pushing America toward radical change.

Ignoring Facts, Math, And Logic For The Sake Of Your Gun

It’s no secret that gun violence is reaching alarming proportions in the United States, with gun deaths in 2016 likely surpassing the number of deaths from car accidents. Given this distressing statistic, we can’t help but wonder why the most powerful country in the world isn’t taking more extreme measures to put an end to these domestic tragedies.

Everybody Thinks They're A Genius - Chances Are, You're Not

Are you smarter than the average American? According to a study from YouGov, you probably think you are. Unfortunately, statistics show that most of us are indeed of the average IQ level, falling in the 80-119 point range. Not satisfied with being “average”? Lucky for you, it’s possible to bolster your IQ to, dare I say, even genius proportions.

North Korea's H-Bomb : BS or Game-Changer?

On January 6th, 2016 a small earthquake was detected near a region of North Korea known for hosting underground bomb tests. Within a few hours, North Korean state TV announced that this “earthquake” was no natural tremor, but rather a successful detonation of an “H-bomb of justice." However, nuclear experts are not convinced these claims are entirely accurate. 

  W  ant To Know Where Your Meat Comes From? Congress Doesn't Think So    Ever wonder where your bacon, hamburger, or sirloin steak hails from? Well if you live in the US, you may just have to keep wondering. After more than a decade of battling with the World Trade Organization, Congress passed a law that will make it more difficult for Americans to determine just how far their meat had to travel to reach their fork.

Want To Know Where Your Meat Comes From? Congress Doesn't Think So

Ever wonder where your bacon, hamburger, or sirloin steak hails from? Well if you live in the US, you may just have to keep wondering. After more than a decade of battling with the World Trade Organization, Congress passed a law that will make it more difficult for Americans to determine just how far their meat had to travel to reach their fork.

  People Always Think They're Right And Facebook Algorithms Keep It That Way   Most of us have the tendency to gravitate toward those who share beliefs, opinions, and viewpoints similar to our own, and when it comes to getting the latest news, we probably like to think we're consuming unbiased information from well-informed sources. However, researchers are uncovering that this may be far from the reality of how the average internet user is keeping abreast of world news. 

People Always Think They're Right And Facebook Algorithms Keep It That Way

Most of us have the tendency to gravitate toward those who share beliefs, opinions, and viewpoints similar to our own, and when it comes to getting the latest news, we probably like to think we're consuming unbiased information from well-informed sources. However, researchers are uncovering that this may be far from the reality of how the average internet user is keeping abreast of world news. 

  C ould Religion Actually Make Children Less Generous?  The idea that religious individuals are more compassionate, giving, and morally sound than the rest of us is one that has been embedded in the minds of American society for ages. However, a recent study led by Professor Jean Decety, a neuroscientist from the University of Chicago, suggests that the opposite may actually be true, and that religion and moral behavior don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand.

Could Religion Actually Make Children Less Generous?

The idea that religious individuals are more compassionate, giving, and morally sound than the rest of us is one that has been embedded in the minds of American society for ages. However, a recent study led by Professor Jean Decety, a neuroscientist from the University of Chicago, suggests that the opposite may actually be true, and that religion and moral behavior don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand.

  Should The Vatican Sell It's Assets To Help The Poor?   Though no official number is publicly confirmed, financial institutions the world over estimate the Vatican’s wealth to be between $10 and $15 billion, making it one of the richest, tax-exempt organizations on the planet. With such extensive monetary resources and so much poverty in the world, one must ask why an institution that prides itself on morals of compassion and giving would choose to retain so many of its assets rather than liquidate and use the funds to help those in need.

Should The Vatican Sell It's Assets To Help The Poor?

Though no official number is publicly confirmed, financial institutions the world over estimate the Vatican’s wealth to be between $10 and $15 billion, making it one of the richest, tax-exempt organizations on the planet. With such extensive monetary resources and so much poverty in the world, one must ask why an institution that prides itself on morals of compassion and giving would choose to retain so many of its assets rather than liquidate and use the funds to help those in need.

  Can Three Tough Female Justices Transform Texas' Abortion Laws?   On March 2nd 2016, the Supreme Court heard rousing oral arguments from three passionate female justices challenging Texas’s omnibus anti-abortion bill. The outcome of this ruling would not only affect Texans but millions across the country, and is the most significant case of its kind since  Roe v. Wade  (the landmark case that ruled banning abortion unconstitutional).

Can Three Tough Female Justices Transform Texas' Abortion Laws?

On March 2nd 2016, the Supreme Court heard rousing oral arguments from three passionate female justices challenging Texas’s omnibus anti-abortion bill. The outcome of this ruling would not only affect Texans but millions across the country, and is the most significant case of its kind since Roe v. Wade (the landmark case that ruled banning abortion unconstitutional).

  S  tudy Shows Dogs Can Actually Tell When You're Down   For dog owners, our furry companions can play all kinds of roles in our lives, serving as pets, best friends, and even highly valued family members. We spend a great deal of time caring for their needs, and they in turn repay us with love, loyalty, admiration, and that look that implies they might just know what’s on our minds – but can they really tell how we’re feeling?

Study Shows Dogs Can Actually Tell When You're Down

For dog owners, our furry companions can play all kinds of roles in our lives, serving as pets, best friends, and even highly valued family members. We spend a great deal of time caring for their needs, and they in turn repay us with love, loyalty, admiration, and that look that implies they might just know what’s on our minds – but can they really tell how we’re feeling?

 Life Is But A Daydream  Every day is a beautiful day for a daydream, and right about now, we're ready for one last mid-summer night's (or day's) dream. Check out these 10 stunning destinations that you can visit right now, no dreaming necessary. 

Life Is But A Daydream

Every day is a beautiful day for a daydream, and right about now, we're ready for one last mid-summer night's (or day's) dream. Check out these 10 stunning destinations that you can visit right now, no dreaming necessary.