8 Books Experts Would Recommend About Meditation

Distractions are everywhere. We’re so often summoned by smartphone notifications, emails and other obligations that sitting still can seem like a fantasy. But research shows that meditating regularly, for even a few minutes a day, can reduce anxiety and help us recognize and interrupt negative thought patterns. If you’re interested in ‌learning to meditate, you might look for a book. […]

A Life Hack For Leaders

The following is written by Mark W. Clark, MS, CNP and originally published on Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Mark is a retired police officer and currently the Executive Director for a nonprofit education foundation in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he worked for over six years as a Chief Operations Officer for a national leadership education association.______________________________________________________________________________ There are scarce instances in […]

How I Hold It Together: Latte Art and More

I do guided breathing exercises 🧘🏻‍♀️ When I’m stressed out or anxious, I turn to guided exercises that help me control the flow of my breath. I use the Open app (though there are many free options online), which includes exercises that almost always involve taking a deep, slow breath, holding it in, and then releasing it steadily. The practice […]

Bob Roth & “Accessing Inner Calm” on ABC News

Bob Roth is one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in America. Over the past 50 years, Bob has taught the Transcendental Meditation technique to many thousands of people and is the author of the definitive book on the subject, the New York Times bestseller “Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation” (Simon and Schuster, 2018). As […]

The Pleasant Parallels of TM and Day-To-Day Life

Bob Roth said something before going into a meditation that was a game changer for not only my TM practice but also my life. On one of Bob’s group meditation calls (which I highly recommend) just before the meditation started he said: Start the meditation without any expectation of any results. Hm. That landed on me and left an instant […]

A Journalist’s Story of Addiction & Recovery

The following is written by multimedia journalist, Dana Knowles, and originally published on Rocky Mountain PBS.  DENVER — I’m not anonymous anymore. I’ve taken my story out of dark church basements to shine a light on my experiences. I’ve given keynote speeches in ballrooms filled with hundreds of counselors and health care workers. I’ve participated in public service campaigns. I’ve […]

Ecotherapists Are Working to Make the Outdoors More Inclusive

Awe-inspiring natural spaces in the U.S., like national parks, are also tarnished with racist histories, according to Tracy Perkins, an assistant professor at Arizona State University who studies social inequality and environmental justice. Many environmental conservation efforts starting in the late 1800s were led by eugenicists, like Madison Grant, to create spaces for white people to get fresh air and […]

The Lessons of Nothingness From Maverick Zen Monks

WASHINGTON — When the country heaves, when the stress levels spike, a little nothingness goes a long way. “Mind Over Matter: Zen in Medieval Japan,” at the Freer Gallery of Art (an arm of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art), is a show of ravishing absence: a stark and beautiful exhibition where form is plunged into silence, and the […]