Archives for April, 2013

The Original Mindfulness Meditation


A Zen Buddhist monk guides us through the brief mindfulness meditation "Pebble for your Pocket."

Based on the teachings of the famous Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, poet, and human rights activist Thich Nhat Hanh, a follower who lives with him in the Plum Village monastery demonstrates the gentle, relaxing, and illuminating practice. An HD version of the video is available for purchase on a full length DVD, "Mindful Living Every Day."

Mindfulness is a skill which has...
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How Stress Can Be Useful


New research from the University of Rochester reveals that not all stress is bad for us, and sometimes it can even be helpful, in the video "Why Some Stress Can Actually Be Good for You."

Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeremy Jamieson explains that when we think all stress is negative we interpret any sign of it (like butterflies in the stomach before public speaking) as being harmful.

"But those feelings just mean that our body is preparing to address a...
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Anxious? A Simple Yoga Posture That Helps


Yoga teacher and authentic living expert Amy Patee demonstrates a simple yoga posture (asana) and two breathing exercises that help reduce anxiety.

Patee used yoga in her personal journey recovering from anorexia and depression, and now shares her knowledge through offline yoga instruction and free online resources like a YouTube channel and ebooks. In this short video, she shows viewers how to do an easy yoga posture, explaining its benefits and what to...
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Bipolar Standup Comedy


Big Daddy Taz performs standup comedy about mental health in the "Bipolar Buddha Set," onstage at CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival's "The Best Medicine" series in 2006.

He's introduced by Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys, who cracks a bipolar joke of his own.

Funny and insightful, it reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously and look for the humour in...
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Honesty about Dishonesty


Popular behavioural economist Dan Ariely explains how people can be dishonest and honest at the same time. Rationalization and small actions lead people to accept themselves as good people and feed their ego gratification, even while they may commit small acts of dishonesty.

Ariely explains through the results of science experiments and social psychology, big cheaters and crimes are far less common than we might think - it's the cumulative effect of many small acts of cheating that really...
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