This week’s roundup of international mindful news all in one place waiting for you to ignite your mind!

Meditation apps might calm you — but miss the point of Buddhist mindfulness

In today’s stressful world, mindfulness – a type of popular spirituality that strives to focus on the present moment – promises to soothe away the anxiety and stress of modern life. The Internet is full of popular cure-all mindfulness apps targeting everyone from busy urban professionals to dieters, those suffering from insomnia and even children.

The Xbox studio battling mental illness with video games and neuroscience

Senua sees things that aren’t really there. Villages burning to the ground. Norse runes bleeding color. Lumbering giants wearing skull-masks and swinging heavy blades. Sometimes, she hears voices whispering in her ears. Her hallucinations are frightening and alien, but to her, they feel as real as the ground she walks on.

What’s the secret to a meaningful life? Chasing happiness

When Professor Richard Layard enters the interview he shrugs off his puffer jacket, removes his bright orange cap and extends a smile to me from across the room. This is the kind of smile one could easily expect from a man who almost single-handedly dragged happiness economics into the mainstream in the 1990s.

The Mindfulness Skill That Is Crucial for Stress

Life can be stressful. Whether it’s the stress that comes with having too much work to do in too little time, fulfilling caregiving obligations, or dealing with a major illness or setback, sometimes it can be hard to cope. In response to stress, many people today are turning to meditation or mindfulness apps (myself included).

Nature and Mental Health: What Is the Link?

A recent survey found that fall is the favorite season of most Americans. Famously described by poet John Keats as a “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,” autumn is especially welcome to those who enjoy the glories of nature and the great outdoors.

Brainstorming doesn’t work: The case for individual creativity

Last Updated: 21 Oct 2019 A delicious omelette is a consequence of a brutal act of destruction. In this case, breaking eggs. Your light lunch is perfect evidence of the old paradox that the need to create is not the opposite of the urge to destroy, but an expression of the same motivation.

How to Train Your Brain to Remember Almost Anything

How to better prepare yourself for acquiring – and retaining – new knowledge Success is largely based on what you know – everything you know informs the choices you make. And those choices are either getting you closer to what you want or increasing the distance between you and your ultimate goal in life.

How mindfulness improves decision-making

Two years ago, I went to a 10-day silent retreat in Ladakh, India. The retreat center was akin to a monastery, located in a scenic panorama of the Himalayas, at an altitude of 12,000 feet. Insects enjoyed undisturbed existence in our dormitories, protected by our oath not to harm any living being.