The life-changing power of allowing yourself to be sad, angry, and afraid

I recently bought marijuana for the first time in years, and on the way to the shop I was reminded of the power of mindfulness. Playing in bands in my 20s, I used to get weed from a friend or bum off friends of friends. Drugs and alcohol were always just hanging around. After it …

This short poem by Rumi explains the healing power of meditation

The 13th century Persian poet Rumi wrote: This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, …

Just like trees need wind to survive, you need distractions to be more mindful

Meditation teacher and therapist Tara Brach often refers to Biosphere 2, a huge glass dome built in the 1980s in Arizona for scientists to study the earth’s living systems in a closed environment. She writes in Psychology Today, “As it turned out, when designing the [Biosphere 2,] the scientists didn’t account for the absence of …