10 powerful quotes to inspire your meditation practice

Sometimes doing nothing means everything.

TORONTO, ON- Kevin Kwok demonstrates meditation techniques in a meditation pod at Mindset Gym. Sean Finnell led Kevin through a five minute meditation for photos. (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
  • Meditation can have a profound impact in reducing anxiety and stress.
  • While there are many ways to meditate, the ability to sustain your attention on one thing for a period of time is the foundation of them all.
  • The more you practice, the more results you get, though quality of time is more important than quantity
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The dos and don’ts of helping a drug-addicted person recover

How you talk to people with drug addiction might save their life.

  • Addiction is a learning disorder; it's not a sign that someone is a bad person.
  • Tough love doesn't help drug-addicted people. Research shows that the best way to get people help is through compassion, empathy and support. Approach them as an equal human being deserving of respect.
  • As a first step to recovery, Maia Szalavitz recommends the family or friends of people with addiction get them a complete psychiatric evaluation by somebody who is not affiliated with any treatment organization. Unfortunately, warns Szalavitz, some people will try to make a profit off of an addicted person without informing them of their full options.
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Why giving gifts brings you more happiness than receiving them

New psychology research suggests people get more lasting joy from giving gifts.

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  • Giving gifts results in longer happiness from the act, says new research.
  • We can sustain the pleasure of a new experience every time we give to others.
  • Hedonic adaptation makes it hard to continuously enjoy spending money on ourselves.
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What's worse than drug addiction? The cruelty of drug treatments.

Drug treatment centers pose potential threats to drug addicts.

  • Many drug treatment centers are run as for-profit institutions. Making a buck off of treating people's addictions often runs counter to actually helping addicts.
  • Some Chinese drug centers are experimenting with removing an addict's nucleus accumbens, which saps them of their ability to feel pleasure.
  • The solution to drug addiction may be creating better drugs to use, says author and journalist Maia Szalavitz.
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An end to suffering: 10 quotes on Buddhist philosophy

It's not what you have, it's what you do with it.

  • Buddhism has been applied differently across the planet as it enters new cultures.
  • The underlying philosophical foundation is applicable to diverse situations, whether religious or secular.
  • But it is a practice, not a belief, and must be treated as a discipline for retraining consciousness.
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