Alan Watts quotes that will change your perspective on life

Unwind the mind with these thought-provoking Alan Watts quotes. by MIKE COLAGROSSI Quotes on the immediacy of experience and life. Learn a Zen Koan or two and scramble rationalist thought. Ponder on the meaning of life with Alan Watts. To this day, Alan Watts’s impactful and wise words circulate through the culture. We find them in the many books he left behind, countless lectures and pop-culture references galore. Renowned scholar and teacher, Joseph Campbell once said of him: “The pomposities of prodigious learning could be undone by him with a turn of phrase. One stood before him, disarmed — and laughed at … Continue reading Alan Watts quotes that will change your perspective on life

Are You Bad at Breathing? These Gurus Think So

Shutterstock The average human takes 20,000 breaths in a day, but some healers say you’re doing it wrong. A peek inside the woo-woo world of breathwork, which Meghan Markle endorses. by Alaina Demopoulos Style Writer On a recent Saturday afternoon, dozens gathered at The Assemblage, a wellness-focused coworking space located off of Park Avenue. The fern-filled room was full of people who paid up to $350 to learn how to breathe. With most of the men in V-necks and women in harem pants, it was a scene worthy of Big Little Lies. Or maybe Midsommar. An electric violinist named Sage Rader emceed … Continue reading Are You Bad at Breathing? These Gurus Think So

THE SCIENCE BEHIND YOGA AND STRESS

Dr. M Storoni MD PhD, Uplift Waking Times There are two functional parts of the brain that play a key role in stress. These serve the functions of emotion and cognitive function. So I am calling them the ’emotional’ brain (amygdala and its connections and medial forebrain structures including the medial prefrontal cortex) and the ‘logical’ brain (the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, other parts of the prefrontal cortex, parts of the cingulate cortex and parts of the hippocampus). The emotional brain is able to initiate a ‘stress response’ via the sympathetic nervous system which culminates in adrenaline and cortisol racing through our circulation.The logical brain is … Continue reading THE SCIENCE BEHIND YOGA AND STRESS

Why Your Brain Can’t Process Climate Change

In this view from an airplane icebergs float in Disko Bay on August 4, 2019 near Ilulissat, Greenland Sean Gallup—Getty Images BY BRYAN WALSH  Bryan Walsh is a contributor to TIME. Previously, he was TIME’s International Editor, its energy and environmental correspondent and was the Tokyo bureau chief in 2006 and 2007. He lives in New York. Last week saw the latest in a series of increasingly dire reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This past July was the hottest month on record, punctuated by intense heat waves throughout Europe and the Arctic, leading to a record-breaking 12.5 billion tons of ice melting … Continue reading Why Your Brain Can’t Process Climate Change

Why Some Doctors Purposely Misdiagnose Patients

JAN HAVICKSZ STEEN / FINE ART IMAGES / HERITAGE IMAGES / GETTY Hundreds of people say a Michigan doctor falsely diagnosed them with epilepsy. He wouldn’t be the first to lie to patients about how sick they are. by OLGA KHAZAN The headaches started when Mariah Martinez was 10 years old. It was 2003, and she was living in Dearborn, Michigan, with her mother and two sisters. Whenever a headache struck, she would want to put her head down, stay in the dark, and be alone.Martinez saw her primary-care physician, who referred her to Yasser Awaad, a pediatric neurologist at … Continue reading Why Some Doctors Purposely Misdiagnose Patients

Against ‘natural’ parenting

Children at the Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria, England, in 1972. Photo by Bruce Dale/National Geographic/Getty We’re opportunistic, inventive and flexible animals, and there is no ‘natural’ or ‘right’ way to bring up our children by Olga Mecking is a blogger, writer and translator. Born in Poland, she lives in the Netherlands with her German husband and three trilingual children. Edited by Pam Weintraub Motherhood has never felt natural to me. I wasn’t very good at understanding my babies’ needs or what their cries meant, something that other parents seemed to know without giving it too much thought. ‘She’s just tired,’ they … Continue reading Against ‘natural’ parenting

THE ABSENTEE’S GUIDE TO REENTERING SOCIETY

No matter which alien environment you’ve been living in — prison, outer space, marriage — if you’re not used to it, everyday life can be an intimidating thing to attempt by Chris Bourn “We catch lots of crabs, shoot a few rabbits, catch a few trout,” says Rob Fletcher, who has just arrived back in mainland Scotland from the Inner Hebridean island of Jura, where he and his family have been living in virtual isolation for the past four months. Now halfway back to civilization (“We’re still in decompression,” he says, on his parents’ sheep farm in rural Stirlingshire), Fletcher is telling … Continue reading THE ABSENTEE’S GUIDE TO REENTERING SOCIETY