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Being With Dying
Rather than denying death, can we truly accept and simply "be with" it? Buddhist priest Joan Halifax explores the path.
Breathing: An Introduction
Breathing is the bridge between mind and body, the connection between consciousness and unconsciousness, the movement of spirit in matter.
Breathing: Basic How-To's
Breathing is a natural object of meditation. Moving your attention to your breath, even for a few seconds, can calm your mind and body.
Breathing: Three Exercises
Conscious breathing is a useful tool for achieving a relaxed state of mind. Try these three breathing exercises to find peace and balance in the new year.
Common Stress Triggers
Stressed out? Often, the solution is simply taking a moment to identify the source of your agitation, then removing it. Here are some hints to help.
Conversations With Leading Thinkers in Science & Spirit
Through the years, It's been my privilege to speak at public forums with some of the leading thinkers and researchers at the frontiers of medicine, science and spirituality. Here are some of those conversations.
Eight Ways to Connect
The holiday season calls us out of isolation and into the joy of connecting with others. Here are eight steps to help you on the path.
Global Warming, Global Spirit
Lynne Bundesen,'s spirituality expert, reports on the surprising spiritual aspects of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring Al Gore.
Handling Holiday Stress
Psychologist Steven Gurgevich says there is no reason to let holiday stress overwhelm you. Instead, you can choose to "stress the joy" of the season.
Living Well Using Weil
Think integrative medicine is just for the "worried well"? Breast cancer survivor Sherry Williams has a decidedly different view.
Making Connections: Connecting with Others
As humans, we are not intended to achieve full health as isolated, separate beings.
Profiles in Healing: Sherry Williams
Sherry Williams looked her oncologist in the eye. "I did everything you guys told me to do three times. I still got it again," she stated. "I am trying something else now."
Stress and Relaxation: An Introduction
We can no more eliminate stress from our lives than we can eliminate tension from our muscles.
Ten Spiritual Practices
These practices, from spirituality expert Lynne Bundesen, are not all "actions" in the traditional sense; some are simply subtle shifts of perspective.
Ten Ways to Reduce Stress
Tense? Try one or more of these ways to reduce anxiety and agitation. Achieving a peaceful, calm state of mind may be closer than you think.
The Answer Asks Questions
Self-help books offer one-size-fits-all answers that often don't work. In The Answer, Rabbi Jennifer Krause suggests starting with questions instead.
The Art and Science of Breathing
Breathing exercises can reduce stress, improve mood, and help you feel energized. Better yet, they are simple, easy, and can be done anywhere.
The Feminine Spirit
Lynne Bundesen is the spirituality expert for Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging ( Her most recent book is The Feminine Spirit: Recapturing the Heart of Scripture.
The Hubris of The Secret
As a cancer survivor, Valerie Reiss had doubts about the bestselling book The Secret, which contends that we create our own reality. If it is true, what about God?
The Self-Healing Benefits of Meditation
Meditation is often viewed as a way to relax, but it can also help maintain physical health, boost concentration, and counteract depression.

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