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Across cultures and time, people have discovered benefits to their health and well-being from contemplative practices, such as meditation and prayer.

Contemplative practices of some form are found in all of the major faith traditions. Scientists are only now beginning to understand how meditation produces positive effects. It is easy to start a contemplative practice, and with time and practice you may find that the benefits are transforming.

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Using Mindfulness To Alter Your Mood

The mindfulness technique can help eliminate your symptoms of depression.

“Letting It All Go: One Step Closer To Me”

Each morning brings with it the turning of a page in the book of our existence.

Zen Bite: You!

So who are “you” anyway?

Zen Bite: Taming the Bull

Just over 60 years ago, there was almost no mention of meditation in Western popular culture except in the most

Zen Bite: Hitting the Wall

In Zen Buddhist practice, people often report feeling “stuck” in life.

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That juicy state of happiness

 Your browser does not support the video tag. For Alanis Morissette, happiness is a temporary but "juicy" state.

Meditation and kindness

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette explains how meditation makes her a kinder and more loving person.

A survivor’s story

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Michelle, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, struggles with the changes in her life. In addition to...

Positive and negative stress

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky explains that stress in the form of stimulation is a positive force...

Remembering to exhale

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Dr. Michael Baime, director of the University of Pennsylvania Program for Stress Management, tells us...

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