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In May it is bliss, silent except for whistling bee-eaters: Tinos, the Cyclades, Greece | Greek Islands holidays

In May it is bliss, silent except for whistling bee-eaters: Tinos, the Cyclades, Greece | Greek Islands holidays

We are staying in the House of Light (from £62 a night, £90 in summer, sleeps three, on Airbnb), which is a work of art where even the shower drains through locally handcrafted ceramic. I pad along barefoot to the terrace and sit down on the stone bench in the sun, looking across a field of daisies, poppies and mallow to the crumbling dovecote. As with all the villages of Tinos, Kato Klisma is busy in the summer months, says our host, but in May it is bliss; silent except for whistling bee-eaters. If I walk down one nearby alley, the croaking of frogs leads to a maze of bamboo-encircled fields where sheep graze on artichokes. The valley stretches to Kolymbithra, a sweep of white sand drifting up to blue cliffs, backed by dunes and lagoons populated by ducks and wading birds. Beyond are a couple more beaches with laid-back cafe-bars. Deeply relaxed after quiet hours by the sea, I walk back while admiring the golden glow of the grassy hillsides and the swallows flitting …

The Meditation Start-Up That’s Selling Bliss on Demand

The Meditation Start-Up That’s Selling Bliss on Demand

The first time I heard about the jhanas, they sounded too good to be true. These special mental states are described in the sacred texts of an ancient school of Buddhism. Today, advanced meditators usually access them by concentrating on something: a flame, their breath, the sense of loving kindness. The meditators unclench their minds bit by bit, until they reach a state of near-total absorption. If they direct that focus in just the right way, a sequence of intense experiences ensues, beginning with bliss and ending with full-body peace. The jhana bliss state is not like the little uptick in well-being that comes with mindfulness meditation. It is not like a runner’s high. “This stuff is really powerful,” says Matthew Sacchet, the director of the Meditation Research Program at Harvard Medical School. An orgasm is said to be tame by comparison. Tears of joy will sometimes stream down a meditator’s face. The early Theravada Buddhists put no restrictions on the jhanas, but some later traditions taught that they were extraordinarily difficult to attain. Over …

The Love Horoscope For February 12, 2024 Offers Romantic Bliss

The Love Horoscope For February 12, 2024 Offers Romantic Bliss

The love horoscope for February 12, 2024 is gentle and inviting; it allows for escapism and a bit of romantic bliss and illusion. What today’s love horoscope has in store for each zodiac sign on Monday, February 12, 2024: Aries Love can be blind, but today’s Moon conjunct Neptune can be like the blinders falling off, and you see a person and their flaws and strengths for what they are. Today can be a moment of decision paired with a lot of confusion. If you’re secure in your relationship, this can be a wonderful time for unconditional love to grow. If the relationship has a history of being unsteady or toxic, you may have to choose between slipping back into denial or breaking up even though it’s hard to do. RELATED: The Prettiest Zodiac Signs — And The Most Attractive Feature Of Each One Taurus A friendship may come to a point in time where you wonder if you did the right thing not choosing to see where things go. There may be a slight …

Can Social Media Posts Predict Relationship Bliss?

Can Social Media Posts Predict Relationship Bliss?

A recent conversation about the authenticity of social media posts that depict a happy and fulfilled romantic relationship seemed timely to consider with Valentine’s Day approaching. Does posting positively about one’s romantic partner reflect the epitome of relationship satisfaction (often dubbed “relationship goals.”), a strained relationship with a desire to be seen by others as happy or somewhere in between? The answer, to borrow from a relationship status on one platform, is “it’s complicated.” Some of my early research on social media sought to uncover a correlation between narcissism and posting selfies on Instagram. To our surprise, we found little evidence to support such a link. Undeterred, we tried again with similar results. What that has to do with relationship posts is that social media content, regardless of its focus or theme, is influenced by a multitude of factors. Selfie posts do not necessarily reveal narcissism, just as posting pictures of our dinner doesn’t make us a foodie. Likewise, posting about joyful experiences with our partner doesn’t necessarily mean that our relationship is to be …