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The New York Times published an opinion piece questioning the value of meditation. You can read Can We End the Meditation Madness? by Adam Grant here. We have an awfully hard time believing he is being “stalked by meditation evangelists” as he claims. What do you think?

Byron Katie, author and mindfulness expert, developed a method of self-inquiry called The Work which consists of four questions to ask oneself when a negative thought occurs. Check out the questions in the Mindful.org article Four Questions to Happiness: An Interview with Byron Katie here.

It’s important to be kind to others, of course, but are you extending the same courtesy to yourself? Give this loving-kindness exercise a try to increase your self-compassion.

There has been a lot of discussion about the importance of resilience--the ability to adapt and recover from extremely stressful experiences--lately. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley reports that studies are confirming a link between mindfulness practices and psychological resilience. Read more here.

Ten minutes of mindfulness a day is enough to improved sleep quality and duration, according to a study by a research team in the Netherlands. In the study, participants used a combination of breathing exercises, body scans, and loving-kindness meditations for a total of ten minutes each day. After two weeks they reported positive improvements in their sleep.

A Short History of Empathy by Susan Lanzoni of The Atlanic is a fascinating account of the way the definition of empathy has changed over time.

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