Mindfulness

You Don't Have to Find Your Path, You're Already On It

You Don't Have to Find Your Path, You're Already On It

by Karen Maezen Miller. You stumble along thinking you don't know the way, and then one day you realize you're in the middle of it. I'd always thought that a path was a means to an end. A course of study, a tour of duty. The distance from A to B. The anguished span between wanting and having. The truth is...

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Opening Up to a Sense of Connection and Love using Sacred Attention

Opening Up to a Sense of Connection & Love using Sacred Attention

by Dr. Richard Moss. Attention, as with awareness, can be understood as a relationship. It is the relationship between the one who is aware, or the "awarer" (whom we know as "me" or "I"), and the object of awareness. When it comes to the quality of our attention, we are like a child who, when he or she initially picks up a hammer, just smashes away at the nail without having yet understood that...

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Embrace the Astounding Strength of Kindness

Embracing the Strength of Kindness: Its Effect Is Astounding

by Karen Casey. The impact we can have on the world we share, if we choose to be kind in every circumstance or even in an occasional situation, simply can’t be overestimated. The shift in how life would feel to everyone is truly beyond description. This may seem far-fetched, but...

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What's Real? Why Your Past or Future Need Not Impact Your Peace

What's Real? Why Your Past or Future Need Not Impact Your Peace

by Sandy C. Newbigging. Your stories about your past, your current circumstances and fu­ture only exist in your mind, not in reality. And once you fully get this, you can more confidently release your grasp on the need to think all the time, start to take your mind less seriously and laugh your way to freedom.

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Creating a Place of Solitude & Refuge In Your Home

Creating a Place of Solitude & Refuge In Your Home

by Richard Mahler. Any place we live must accommodate a number of activities: socializing, sleeping, cooking, eating, bathing, relaxing. But what about quiet alone-time? Renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell insisted we all need a place to "simply experience and bring forth what [we] are and what [we] might be."

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What Choice Will You Make?: The Process of Unlearning & Relearning

What Choice Will You Make?: The Process of  Unlearning & Relearning

by Penney Peirce. Unlearning habits and establishing new ones is no more difficult than learning them in the first place. Here are some guidelines for freeing yourself from the automatic nature of your old-perception habits...

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Discovering What Works for You (and what doesn't)

Discovering What Works for You (and what doesn't)

by Shari Arison. Taking time for your personal development isn't indulgent, selfish, or self-serving. Rather, it is necessary and vital to be good to yourself, if you wish to do good for others. What happens when you become more aware of yourself is that you'll be able to let go of...

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Driving and Kissing: Being Where Your Heart Is

Driving and Kissing: Being Where Your Heart Isby Alan Cohen. I saw a romantic greeting card which showed a couple kissing in the front seat of a car. The message said, "If you can kiss while driving safely, you are not giving the kiss the attention it deserves." Anything that is worth doing...

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Slowing Down In Order To Get There Sooner!

Slowing Down In Order To Get There Sooner!by Thomas M. Sterner. In my piano service business, I worked many seven-day weeks, and some fourteen- to sixteen-hour days. Once, when I had a particularly long day ahead of me, I decided I would put all my effort into deliberately working slowly. I couldn’t get a day off, so going slowly for at least one day seemed rather appealing.

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Do Something Different: How to Break Habits and Routines

Do Something Different: How to Break Habits and Routinesby Karen Pine & Ben [C] Fletcher. Do you have a favourite coffee mug and get a bit miffed if a guest inadvertently uses it? Do you have 'your' side of the bed? We all have an affinity with repetition and habit, often when there's no good reason for it. It's just familiarity, our comfort zone.

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Practicing Mindfulness and Kindness

Practicing Mindfulness and Kindnessby Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu. Living amid the busyness of our high-tech and low-touch society takes us away from fully experiencing our day-to-day lives. We often live on autopilot, doing without experiencing. We can be quick to judge, react, resist, run away, or retreat when things don’t...

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Investigating Feelings: Good, Bad, or Indifferent

Investigating Feelings: Good, Bad, and Indifferentby B. Alan Wallace. We often consider feelings as existing with only positive or negative values. Besides positive and negative feelings, there are neutral feelings. We want pleasure, we don’t want pain, and we relax when we feel indifferent. When a pleasurable feeling arises or is anticipated, the response of most...

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How to Cure Excessive Thinking

How to Cure Oneself of Excessive Thinkingby Ian Gawler & Paul Bedson.

Excessive thinking is rarely creative thinking. More commonly it is driven by craving (or desire) and aversion (or fear), and is often aggressive or defensive in nature. Excessive thinking loves to “attack” problems and anything or anyone that...

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Living with Emotions & Feelings

Rob Preece, author of the article: Living with Emotions & Feelings

by Rob Preece.

When we learn to respond more healthily to the emotions and feel­ings that arise, we can radically change the quality of our lives. One of the greatest disappointments I felt in growing up was that no one ever gave me help in dealing with emotions. The experience must be extremely widespread, because...

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Living in the Present or the Past?

Thubten Chodron, author of the article: Living in the Present or the Past?

by Thubten Chodron.

When observing our mind, we may notice that much time is spent thinking about the past and the future. Thoughts and emotions twirl around, seemingly of their own accord, but sometimes we must admit to churning them up or at least not making the effort to counteract them. What do we...

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A Step Toward Peace

John Ptacek, author of the article: A Step Toward Peaceby John Ptacek.

We spend our lives immersed in a flood of thoughts, unaware that another dimension of consciousness is available to us. It is a dimension in which we come to know ourselves as something other than thinkers. By taking a step back, we become the witness of our thoughts. This subtle but radical...

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Life is a Series of Moments

Dan Millman, author of the article: Life is a Series of Moments

by Dan Millman.

While we live, we’re doing something in every moment. That doing may be sleeping and dreaming, or laughing or playing, or sitting very still in meditation, or writing or stretching. Life consists of action (or stillness) moment to moment. So even if...

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Are You Being Hypnotized by Advertising?

hypnotized by advertisingby Eldon Taylor. Your adventure begins with a close look at how you might acquire some, if not all, of your beliefs. I could ask: Are you hypnotized? Let’s consider an idea suggested by Richard Bach in his book Hypnotizing Maria. Imagine that a stage hypnotist has hypnotized you. The experience will seem quite real, even if it’s a pure hallucination. Imagine you’ve been...

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Our Lives Always Begin Now

Our Lives Always Begin Nowby Dr. Richard Moss. To come to the beginning of ourselves is to cease to be victims of circumstances, the actions of others, or even our own mistakes. The true story of who we really are begins now. We are no longer tossed willy-nilly from one desire, thought, or worry to another in a futile process of trying...

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Awareness versus Self-Improvement

Awareness versus Self-Improvement by Dr. Richard Moss. It is not what we feel or experience that we need fear; it is what remains unconscious that poses the real threat. Parts of our survival psychologies, such as an unconscious need to feel loved and secure by helping others, eventually betray us...

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Pure Potentiality

by Deepak Chopra.

Deepak ChopraThe first spiritual law of success is the Law of Pure Potentiality. This law is based on the fact that we are, in our essential state, pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is pure potentiality; it is the field of all possibilities and infinite creativity. Other attributes of consciousness are...

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Developing Mindfulness

Developing Mindfulness one flame cancleSo often we do not have our minds on what we are doing -- our bodies are doing one thing and our minds are on a totally different tack, which creates disharmony. In order to turn off our “automatic pilot”, we need to develop more awareness of what we are doing, to do things more slowly so that we can see each part of the routine action more clearly. Try doing tasks as though for the first time, so that they require your...

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Being Fully Aware

by Jim Pym.

The Buddha's teaching of simple mindfulness or awareness as a way to enlightenment is particularly suitable for people today. The key to mindfulness as a form of meditation lies with the breath. As with many forms of Buddhist meditation, the breath is used as a vehicle to calm the mind.

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Antidote to Suffering

by Arjuna Nick Ardagh.

Arjuna Nick ArdaghWhen you look at a painting, whether the Mona Lisa, the Birth of Venus or anything you find beautiful, where is the beauty coming from? Where is the source of the beauty? It is obviously not coming out of the painting, or everyone would agree that one painting is beautiful and another is ugly...

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Learning to Live in the Moment

by Richard C. Michael, Ph.D.

Richard C. Michael, Ph.D. One of the most difficult and rewarding things you will ever learn is how to live in the moment. Quite simply, if you are to have power to create the reality you want you must learn how to live in the moment.

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Why Not Now?

by Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D.

Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D.The present is the only time we can choose between love and fear. When we fret about the past or worry about what to do in the future, we accomplish nothing. And yet, our mental habit of reliving the past and rehearsing what is to come generates various forms of pain.

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Choose Joy -- Again & Again

René Gaudette and Maggie McGuffin-Gaudette

If you were to observe yourselves very carefully and observe the choices that you allow yourselves to make in your existence, you would observe the limits to which you yourselves choose to impose on the joy of your existence. You would observe the degree to which you limit your joy of existence.

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Busy, busy, busy

Busy, Busy, Busy, article by Marie T. Russellby Marie T. Russell.

I speak with a lot of people daily, and it seems like "not having enough time" is a recurring theme... We spend our waking hours doing things on our list of "things to do" and not having (or taking) the time to do the things that would nurture our spirit and that would please us best.

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Dropping the Labels

Susan Ann Darleyby Susan Ann Darley.

 The biggest trap in the world to fall into is that of making careless and cruel comments about others. It is difficult not to jump in and fan the fire with our own critical take on another. It is equally as difficult to ...

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Finding Reasons to Feel Good

Finding Reasons to Feel Good by Lynn A. Robinsonby Lynn A. Robinson. Have you ever suddenly and inexplicably felt depressed or irritable when just moments before you'd felt fine? That happens to all of us from time to time. The next time it happens, take a moment to remember what occurred just prior to your shift in emotions. What did you tell yourself about the comment or situation that made you feel bad? 

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Accidents and Synchronicity

bAshok Bedi, M.D.y Ashok Bedi, M.D.

  The soul often whispers to us through synchronistic events. A synchronistic event occurs when we recognize that two or more causally unrelated events resemble each other and catch our attention. When we don't pay attention, the message has to be more powerful, perhaps in the form of an accident.

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Freedom Through Self Awareness

by David Montini.

The fear was so intense that he could feel his heart beating in his throat. Moments before he had been enjoying the company of his two older female cousins (16 and 18 years old). It had become a normal Sunday practice to play with them after escaping from visiting next door with the adults. They were engaged in their weekly naughty behavior of playing poker, sipping wine, and smoking his aunt's non-filtered cigarettes.

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The Bridge of Empathy: Connecting to Others Through Compassion & Awareness

The Bridge of Empathy: Connecting to Others Through Compassion & Awarenessby Sharon Salzberg. As we open to the full range of experiences within ourselves, we become aware of what we perceive in each moment, no longer denying some feelings while clinging to others. By coming to know our own pain, we build a bridge to the pain of others. Knowing that someone will suffer if we perform a harmful action or say a hurtful word, we find we do these things less and less.

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About Time, Labyrinths, and Life

by Paul Pearsall, Ph.D.

Paul Pearsall, Ph.D.We may think we have learned to tell time, but actually we are allowing what we have made of time to tell us how to lead our lives. The next time someone asks you, 'Do you have the time?' consider it a profoundly important question. Don't look at your wrist. Look into your heart and mind and translate the question to 'Are you paying attention to your life?'

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Art of True Happiness

by Sharon Salzberg.

Sharon SalzbergWe can travel a long way and do many different things, but our deepest happiness is not born from accumulating new experiences. It is born from letting go of what is unnecessary, and knowing ourselves to be always at home. True happiness may not be at all far away, but it requires a radical change of view as to where to find it.

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Live in the Here & Now

by Dr. Richard T. Lovelace.

Dr. Richard T. LovelaceLiving in the here and now is the only way to make it safely through life with as much stress-free enjoyment and productivity along the way as possible. Some of us go down the path (life) shining our lights (focus of attention) too far and too frequently behind us (the past) and ahead of us (the future).

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Discovering Sense Ability

by Doris Wild Helmering.

Doris Wild Helmering

Sense ability is the skill to observe your thoughts, your feelings, and your behavior. It also makes you aware of others and provides real-time feedback as to how your feelings and behavior affect others -- inhibiting or inviting closeness, empathy, tolerance, emotional intimacy, interconnectedness, and oneness.

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Life's Seasons & Cycles

Life's Seasons & Cycles by Marie T. Russellby Marie T. Russell. Summer has gone... and Winter will be arriving... yet Spring will return. The seasons pass in nature, as in our own lives. The winter of doubt and fear does pass away as we become aware that there is no one to blame for the dark times we went through -- not even ourselves. These are simply the processes of life, the changing seasons as it were.

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All Work Is Play

by Ernest Wood.

Ernest Wood

When purpose and pleasure are brought together work becomes play. Every bit of work done in this spirit strengthens the man who does it. It is recreative as well as creative.

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Dissolving Solid Views & Practicing Compassion

Dissolving Solid Views & Practicing Compassionby Pema Chodron.  It takes some training to equate complete letting go with comfort. But in fact, 'nothing to hold on to' is the root of happiness. There's a sense of freedom when we accept that we're not in control. By not knowing, not hoping to know, and not acting like we know what's happening, we begin to access our inner strength.

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Cancel, Cancel, Monkey Mind: Being Free of the Tyranny of Monkey Mind

Cancel, Cancel, Monkey Mind: Being Free of the Tyranny of Monkey Mindby Ric Giardina.Our minds tend to chatter away, describing all manner of disastrous possibilities and outcomes, particularly when faced with difficult tasks or decisions. Barraged by complaints, criticisms, and doomsaying, it is no wonder that we can become paralyzed and unwilling or unable to take any action at all.

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