How to work with fear, anxiety, and other difficult emotions

In his book In Love with the World, the Nepalese Buddhist monk Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche writes about “adding wood to the fire”: “Generally, people go through life taking note of those experiences that recurrently enflame our anger or anxiety or fear—and then we try to avoid them, telling ourselves things like, I can’t watch scary …

Meditation calms the part of the brain associated with anxiety

Some years ago, neuroscientists performed a study that confirmed some of meditation’s most powerful benefits. They hooked two groups of people up to an MRI machine and applied heat to their forearm. The first group were people who had never meditated before or only a few times. The second group were expert meditators who had …