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    1. Go on a Meditation Retreat

      By Jenn Sturiale Meditation is not a team sport. There are no teammates to help us sit on our cushions, and there are definitely no finish lines or cheering fans. Most often an intensely solitary pursuit, meditation takes us on a personal, inward journey. So then, what's the deal with meditation ret

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    2. Why Do I Fall Asleep While Meditating?

      By Erinn Bucklan Maybe it’s the quiet room. Or the comfy clothing. Or, I don’t know, the fact that my eyes are closed. But how come whenever I give meditation a try, I end up yawning and fighting off the sandman instead of finding my Third Eye? Could it be that not everyone is suited for meditation?

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    3. Make Time for Play

      By Jared Miller Society expects adults to show a certain amount of maturity and responsibility, and most of us tend to fall in line. We tell ourselves that there's no time for play -- we've got work to do. Lots and lots of work. Entire email threads of it, in fact -- and more coming in every minute.

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    4. Stop Telling White Lies

      By Christine A. Scheller The phone rings. As you pick it up, your partner says, “I don’t want to talk to so-and-so.” Sure enough, so-and-so is on the line and you have a decision to make: Do you tell a little white lie, or hang your partner out to dry? “The real danger comes in the risk of becoming

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    5. Forgive a Family Member

      By Julie Taylor It’s the holiday season, which means many of us get the chance to spend time with family members we haven't seen in ages. Sounds good in theory, but if you’ve been holding on to old family grudges for years, the holidays can leave you feeling more stressed than blessed. (It’s not lik

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    6. Recharge for the New Year

      By Erinn Bucklan After all the buildup and pressure leading up to the holidays, who doesn’t feel like they need a break during the last week of the year? “This time of year is stressful because of the combination of heightened activity level and heightened expectations,” says James Campbell Quick, p

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    7. Pay Attention: Be in the Now

      By Jenn Sturiale "Oh -- I'm sorry, what did you say?" It happens to the best of us while engaged in a conversation (even an interesting one): We suddenly snap back to the present, then realize we have no idea what was just said. Our mind wandered away and went... where? Most likely it skipped off to

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    8. How to Be Present

      By Carrie Sloan The term "flow" -- originally coined by positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi -- describes that magical feeling you get when you’re so immersed in an activity, time seems to stand still. Even your sense of self can slip-slide away. “Flow is a cascade of five of the most poten

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    9. Am I Responsible for My Aging Parents?

      By Jenn Sturiale That whole circle-of-life thing isn't just for cartoon lions and gazelles; we humans are bound to it just as firmly. As we get older, so do our parents and other loved ones. Difficult as it is to consider, they may one day need our help -- just as we once needed theirs. The Rumor: C

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    10. 5 Ways Music Helps the Mind

      By Serusha Govender Your brain loves music like Willy Wonka loves chocolate. No, really, it does. Let’s paint a picture of your brain on music: While sound drifts through your auditory pathways, pitch registers in the language center, rhythm rockets through the motor regions, and the rest of your br

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