Want to ‘train your brain’? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument


The multimillion dollar brain training industry is under attack. In October 2014, a group of over 100 eminent neuroscientists and psychologists wrote an open letter warning that “claims promoting brain games are frequently exaggerated and at times misleading”. Earlier this year, industry giant Lumosity was fined $2m, and ordered to refund thousands of customers who were duped by false claims that the company’s products improve general mental abilities and slow the progression of age-related decline in mental abilities. And a recent review examining studies purporting to show the benefits of such products found “little evidence … that training improves improves everyday cognitive performance”. Leer Más

Ayurveda and integrative medicine: Riding a tiger


The global crisis in health care is deepening. For the majority, affordable quality health care seems like a distant dream. Healthcare systems need to understand the complex interplay of biology, behavior, socioeconomic and environmental factors that shape health. These factors cannot be considered in isolation from each other. Planning effective treatment of disease requires addressing them all together, fully and integratively. Leer Más

Meditation Reveals and Heals: Making Peace with Our Anxieties Through Mindfulness


Happy publication to the new gift edition of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation! Featuring beautiful calligraphy by Nhat Hanh and archival photography from his travels around the world, his classic guide to meditation offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercises as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness—being awake and fully aware of the present moment. Whether you’re washing the dishes, having a conversation, or peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment is an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness. Nhat Hanh’s wisdom is especially useful now during a campaign season fraught with the politics of division and fear. Mindfulness can help us relieve stress and clear through the clutter in our minds, which is important during the campaign. Leer Más

Lessons I Learned From 10 Days of Silence and Meditation


The first time I heard about Vipassana meditation was back in 2014 when my friend and business partner Prean decided to take a break in a hectic startup world and realign his values and vision for life. I have never been that much into meditation and taking 10 days course seemed like a very strange thing. It felt like it’s highly connected with religion and as I am not very particularly religious I thought it may not be for me, however, after reading numerous of articles about successful people and their routines I have noticed that they practice mindfulness and meditate daily. Leer Más