Month: January 2015

Amidst Crystalline Fields

I find something intangibly perfect and serene when it snows at night. Humans and animals are scarce and few sounds are audible. A snowy night seems a bit more silent than most nights. One can imagine the scene now: The forecast has proven true and clouds loom overhead. One dresses warm, but not too warm,

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Want to be happy? Slow down

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In 1972, Matthieu Ricard had a promising career in biochemistry, trying to figure out the secrets of E. coli bacteria. A chance encounter with Buddhism led to an about turn, and Ricard has spent the past 40+ years living in the Himalayas, studying mindfulness and happiness. In this free-wheeling discussion at TED Global…