Do we matter in the cosmos?

Image edited by W. Investigator – image by F. Kaskais  Humanity is nothing more than a microscopic blip in the universe. But does that mean we are insignificant? by Nick Hughes is an Irish Research Council postdoctoral research fellow at University College Dublin. His research focuses on epistemology, ethics and the philosophy of mind and language. Humanity occupies a very small place in an unfathomably vast Universe. Travelling at the speed of light – 671 million miles per hour – it would take us 100,000 years to cross the Milky Way. But we still wouldn’t have gone very far. By recent estimates, the … Continue reading Do we matter in the cosmos?

Does Dying Need to Be Traumatic?

Photo by Bistrian Iosip | How preparing for death while we’re still alive (and well) can prepare us to feel more liberated and less traumatized when the time of death comes. By Lauren Krauze Need dying be traumatic? This was the guiding question during last Wednesday night’s discussion at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City for the second meeting of the Tibetan Book of the Dead Book Club, which encourages attendees to consider what the ancient text can offer us in the modern era. In this conversation, Dr. Mark Epstein, a renowned psychiatrist who explores the intersection of Buddhism … Continue reading Does Dying Need to Be Traumatic?


by Jon Rappoport, Guest Waking Times There are many reasons why viewers are deserting mainstream news. This article is about one reason that has been overlooked. One vital reason… Elite television news anchors are absolutely essential to the hypnotic delivery of fake news. They have always been a mainstay of the mind control operation. From the early days of television, there has been a parade of anchors/actors with know-how—the right intonation, the right edge of authority, the parental feel, the ability to execute seamless blends from one piece of deception to the next: John Daly, Douglas Edwards, Ed Murrow, Chet Huntley, David … Continue reading ELITE TV NEWS ANCHORS ARE GONE – HYPNOTIC EFFECT CRUMBLING

When You Should Stop Trying to Push Through the Pain of a Workout

by Adam Elder Injuring yourself while working out sucks. You’re finally starting to get where you want to be and BAM: a twinge in the neck; a sharp pain in the back; a dull throb in the knee. Whatever it is, it means your workout schedule is going to get derailed, and the last couple weeks’ progress is going down the toilet. It’s such a frustrating feeling that many of us are tempted to try to push through it, but then you face the risk of being out of action for months, rather than weeks, if you make the injury … Continue reading When You Should Stop Trying to Push Through the Pain of a Workout

Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Suffering

Instead, we should fear not knowing how to handle our suffering, according to Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. By Thich Nhat Hanh We should not be afraid of suffering. We should be afraid of only one thing, and that is not knowing how to deal with our suffering. Handling our suffering is an art. If we know how to suffer, we suffer much less, and we’re no longer afraid of being overwhelmed by the suffering inside. The energy of mindfulness helps us recognize, acknowledge, and embrace the presence of the suffering, which can already bring some calm and relief. When a painful … Continue reading Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Suffering


Photo by Jose Luis Pelaez/Gallery Stock Prejudice remains a huge social evil but evidence for harm caused by microaggression is incoherent, unscientific and weak Scott O Lilienfeld is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Emory College in Atlanta. He is a co-author of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions About Human Behavior (2010) and his articles have appeared in Psychology Todayand Scientific American. Across college campuses and the corporate landscape, a big idea has taken hold: the notion that microaggressions – subtle but offensive comments or actions directed at minorities or other powerless people – can lower performance, lead to … Continue reading Microaggressions?


by Brendan D. Murphy, Guest Waking Times …despite the obvious vital importance of feelings to the human condition, little can be found on the subject in modern and medical psychology textbooks. We are being held back by a structure that is ill-suited to our needs. What is needed is the energy and vision to support the emerging paradigm…It is clear that, as doctors, we need your help. –Dr. Robin Kelly, The Human Hologram What Happened to the Doctors? Something is drastically wrong with medical education as it currently stands1, and the effects flow into the professional arena. For decades medical students have been … Continue reading THE EROSION OF EMPATHY IN MEDICINE