5 Steps to Overcoming the Greatest Obstacle to Spiritual Awareness

Charles Bynum, Contributor

Waking Times

The Buddha famously said that the cause of suffering (dukkha) is clinging. In fact, it is the second of his Four Noble Truths. For most people this idea speaks to the things in our lives that we like and want to hold onto, and the things we do not like and we want to make go away. Continue reading

20 Medications That Cause Memory Loss

20 Medications That Cause Memory Loss

Flickr-pills-e-MagineArt Deane Alban, Guest
Waking Times

Prescription drugs cause over 100,000 deaths per year and cause another 1.5 million people to experience side effects so severe they must be hospitalized.

Adverse drug reactions are now the fourth leading cause of death in the US. (1)

Every medication carries some risks and memory loss is a very common side effect. Continue reading

Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You – Are We Doing It Wrong?

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Arjun Walia, Collective-Evolution

Waking Times

Evidence continues to emerge, both scientific and historical, suggesting that the way in which the majority of us currently sleep may not actually be good for us.

In 2001, historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech published a paper that included over 15 years of research. It revealed an overwhelming amount of historical evidence that humans used to in fact sleep in two different chunks. (1)

In 2005, he published a book titled “At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past,” that included more than 500 references to a disjointed sleeping pattern. It included diaries, medical books, literature and more taken from various sources which include Homer’s Odyssey all the way to modern tribes in Nigeria and more. Continue reading

New Brain Tech Reveals Past Thoughts and Memories

New Brain Tech Reveals Past Thoughts and Memories

Brainwaves Nicholas West, Guest
Waking Times

An alarming new study (posted in full below) illustrates how fast neuroscience is developing in its attempt to uncover every aspect of the human brain. A specific brain wave called P300 has been identified by researchers as a marker that essentially encodes what we observe as we go about our daily activities. Based on this specific brain wave marker, researchers are able to conduct a Concealed Information Test. In fact, the test is already being used in Japan and Israel. Researchers are hoping that new data they have published will demonstrate that the test is reliable enough to meet the higher standard of U.S. courtrooms.
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Twenty Simple Ways to Achieve Happiness in Life

Flickr - jump for joy - bingbing Randi G. Fine, Contributor

Waking Times

“The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.” -Karen S. Magee

In our pursuit of happiness we must first realize and accept that being happy is a deliberate choice; a choice we make every moment of every day. There are many strategies to help make attaining that goal possible. I will share the ones I feel are most important. Following is a list of twenty:
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Is Our Society Manufacturing Depressed People?

Is Our Society Manufacturing Depressed People?

Flickr - antidepressants - Carsten SchertzerMel Schwartz, Guest
Waking Times

An Epidemic of Depression

Our society is in the throes of a virtual epidemic of depression. The numbers are quite staggering. More than twenty percent of the American population will experience at least one episode of what we refer to as clinical depression. We need to look deeper into this phenomenon to understand it and overcome it. My contention is, firstly, that our cultural values and memes induce us to live in ways that are, indeed, depressing. Secondly, much of what we refer to as clinical depression is inaccurate. Most depression is situational. The symptoms of depression are often due to depressing circumstances, not disease. In other words, under certain circumstances, it makes sense to be depressed.
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