In 1839, Prussian physicist and meteorologist, Henrich Wilhelm Dove, performed a bizarre experiment. A subject stood in a room. Dove placed a tuning fork on each of their ears. Then, Dove vibrated each tuning fork to a different sound frequency. Next, something funky happened. Subjects perceived a totally different sound than what was being played. It sounded like a low, buzzing hum. This sound was the difference between two frequencies — the space between the noise.
You may think the whole world is busy right now hunting for killer Black Friday sales. Not quite. Most people this year won’t open their wallets on Black Friday at all. Fifty-nine percent of nearly 2,500 survey respondents, according to a Huffington Post readers’ poll, when asked, “Do you plan on shopping on Black Friday?” responded with, “No way! That’s for suckers.”
About one in four respondents, or 23 percent, said they’d spend money, but…
This meditation aims to help you deal with pain, anxiety, trauma, daily stress, ongoing emotional fatigue, and negative self-talk by increasing your self-awareness and self-love. If you’re feeling the quarantine blues hard today, let this short meditation be but a small beacon of light to help pull you out of gloom and hopelessness and into joy and serenity, no matter where you are, physically or mentally.
You find yourself standing alone on a beautiful beach…
Dr. Gail Gazelle, author of Everyday Resilience: A Practical Guide to Build Inner Strength and Weather Life’s Challenges, is a fascinating triple threat: Harvard Medical School professor, former hospice physician, and certified mindfulness teacher.
As host of the mindfulness and minimalism podcast Enough-ism, I interviewed Dr. …
Let’s begin with two little words: “social distancing.” This phrase first appeared online around 20 years ago (in 2003 to be exact). The World Health Organization has used a very similar phrase you may have also heard called “physical distancing.” Obviously, social versus physical have very different connotations. (That being said, the social often leads to the physical…) But, regardless, both phrases boil down to our basic ability and desire to stay away from people — but also from things.
Many people, including those who…
Buddhist monks are perhaps some of the original minimalists. And social distancers. They have been historically only allowed to possess eight items.
According to the Pali Canon of the Theravada School of Buddhism’s website and madana.org, they are:
1. an inner robe
2. an outer robe
3. another robe to offer protection if the first two robes don’t do their job protecting you from the weather (perhaps it’s amazing that it’s only eight items and three of them are essentially the same item)
If you’re reading these very words, you probably have an interest in minimalism. Good timing, by the way. The average American has 300,000 items, according to the LA Times. One in ten Americans, according to The New York Times, rents a storage unit. The average American woman, according to Forbes, owns one outfit for every day of the month.
So, minimalists — those who willingly get their belongings down to nearly nada amidst a consumerist (buy! buy! buy!) society — must have it easy…