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Posted on 01 Aug

Here is a recent talk I gave at a Women’s Conference on Compassion, Well-Being & Service

Posted on 13 Jul

Strive for more, work even harder, aim to be the best! We live in a society that regularly sends us such messages. Meanwhile, most of us don’t stop to consider whether our goals are possible or whether they would even bring us lasting happiness. Even if we were to win a gold medal at the Olympics, our status as reigning champion would only la…Read More

Posted on 10 Jun

A 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 to play a game. Soon the students were running around, laughing with the spontaneity and joy of children. As the game drew to a close, I asked about their experience, and…Read More

Posted on 15 Nov

Here’s the science behind creating a chain reaction of goodness

Though economists and grumps have long argued to the contrary, many spiritual traditions teach us that, at our core, we are loving, generous, and kind. Recent research confirms this idea. Michael Tomasello and other scientists at the prestigious Max Planck Institute have found tha…Read More

Posted on 15 Oct

At 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 and Afghanistan. Through the army, these men and women have undergone intense physical practices designed to create warriors. They are athletically skilled, experts in…Read More

Posted on 12 Jul

A few years ago, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was giving a public talk in New York’s Central Park and, like thousands of others, I woke before dawn and rushed to be there at 5 a.m. to get a good seat for the 10 a.m. event. What I found was a madhouse of competitive hostility. Everyone wanted to sit near the front and was doing whatever it took to …Read More

Posted on 23 Mar

The mind has a terrible time telling itself what to do. Fortunately, science is catching up with yogic breathing wisdom.

Since the time of Descartes (“I think, therefore I am”), modern science has tended to divorce the body from the mind, embracing the paradigm that we are — above all — cognitive creatures who must use mental discipline …Read More

Posted on 28 Dec

Our physical health and the quality of our lives are profoundly impacted by the state of our mind and emotions. Our thoughts and emotions can impact brain, endocrine, and immune system function. Whereas negative emotions, such as anger and stress, have been linked to physical problems such as cardiovascular disease (Suarez, 2004), positive emotio…Read More

Posted on 17 Sep
Watch my ABC News interview on meditation-based practices for veterans with PTSD:

Once thought of as a new age phenomenon in popular US culture, yoga and meditation are rapidly finding their way into the conservative arena of the military:

On the one hand yoga-based interventions are being used to train better soldiers. The army is ser...Read More
Regulation of Emotions through both Body & Mind

Posted on 15 Sep

Can physical practices such as yoga and breathing exercises really influence the state of our mind? Is there a “wisdom” in the body?

One might think that controlling the mind would just be a matter of exerting greater mental discipline. As human beings, we pride ourselves on our mental faculties. However, while research shows that it is possible…Read More

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