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Posted on 16 Aug

Rich Low dreamed of Iraq long after he returned home from the war.

The memories haunted him when he was awake, too. About six months after his deployment, he was driving at night when a sudden burst of lightning snapped him back to Baghdad and the bomb that exploded near him during a thunderstorm.

Low’s pulse raced as adrenaline surged th…Read More

Express Your Gratitude

Posted on 07 Aug

Science tells us compassion is good for our health, and we know that helping others makes us feel good, but sometimes it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. There is so much to do, can I possibly find time to contribute? Yes! In minutes, at no or low cost, and from your desk, you can contribute.

1. Lend A Few Dollars, Change So…Read More


Posted on 19 Jul

Science suggests that compassion may well be the most important thing in your life.

1. It makes us happy (as happy as getting money)!

A brain-imaging study headed by neuroscientist Jordan Grafman from the National Institute of Health showed that the “pleasures centers” in the brain, i.e. the parts of our brains that are active when we experience …Read More

Posted on 01 Jul

A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from Matt Richtel, reporter with the New York Times. He had heard about my research on yoga and yoga-based breathing and meditation for veterans with trauma and wanted to ask me about related research…. on vacation! He explained that most people sabotage the few vacation days that they have because they ar…Read More

Posted on 09 Apr

What’s the difference between noticing the rapid beat of a popular song on the radio and noticing the rapid rate of your heart when you see your crush? Between noticing the smell of fresh baked bread and noticing that you’re out of breath? Both require attention. However, the direction of that attention differs: it is either turned outward, as …Read More

Posted on 03 Apr

Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio couldn’t be more mainstream American. Yet he is on a mission to bring greater peace of mind to schools, hospitals, communities and even the military through secular meditation practices. Having reaped the benefits thereof in his own busy life as a politician, Congressman Ryan shares insights he has gained from scientist…Read More

Posted on 31 Mar

In this article, Shambhala Sun reporter Barry Boyce interviewed a number of us who conduct research in Dr. Richard Davidson’s lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Barry’s article captures the world of meditation research and explores “how far our minds can go and how many ways meditation can help us.”

This is a picture featured in the print v…Read More


Posted on 26 Feb

This news piece covers the research that we are conducting at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with veterans recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. The veterans I have had the privilege of meeting have taught me the true meaning of selfless service, sacrifice, honor, commitment, courage, …Read More


Posted on 15 Feb

During America’s most popular TV event, the Superbowl, one much-anticipated advertisement featuring supermodel Adriana Lima painted a pretty sad state of affairs with regards to love.

In an ad for Kia cars, a married couple sleeps side by side and we are given a glimpse into their dreams. While the woman dreams of being swept away by a long-hair…Read More


Posted on 14 Jan

Preview of a documentary called “Free the Mind” to be released Summer/Fall 2012 by Danish Documentaries on our research on yoga breathing for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with trauma.

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