Free Online Berkeley Course: Science of Happiness Starts September 9, 16 CE Credits

The Science of Happiness is an eight-week, free, online course that starts September 9. Readers can register through the University of California at Berkeley blog Greater Good : The Science of a Meaningful Life at http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/news_events/event/the_science_of_happiness. The course will be taught by two professors and participants may be able to get 16 Continuing Education credits. The course... Continue Reading →

6th Grader Recommends Meditation Book

When a sixth grader in the three-part teen meditation series I recently did at the library said I had to read Buddha at Bedtime, it just had to be done. Em (not his name) told me he meditated every single day because meditation recharged his batteries--he had also developed various strategies that he ought to write down.... Continue Reading →

Can Surya Namaskar Help GERD?

The short and quick answer is often "no". First it is important to determine what is causing GERD. If it is hiatal hernia, surya namaskar (also known as sun salutations) may not be helpful at all and may even be contraindicated. This comes under yoga therapy and expert guidance is essential as every one is... Continue Reading →

Summer Fab Food: Blueberry Lemon Muesli

When is breakfast food only a breakfast food? In my mind, never! These false labels deprive us of enjoying perfectly wonderful food any time we want. And that is how I see muesli—breakfast, lunch, supper, snack, lightly sweet and luscious dessert, family food, company food. Fresh, plump blueberries and lemon are heavenly together when they... Continue Reading →

Meditation For Cognitive Control

Meditation is a cognitive control exercise that enhances the self regulation of internal distractions, suggests Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco. Emory University's Wendy Hasenkamp and Larence Barsalon find that meditation seems to "flex" the neural circuitry for sustaining attention, an indicator of cognitive control. Both these findings are... Continue Reading →

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