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A collection of brief practices offers an unconventional approach to meditation.
The practise of mindfulness is simply a series of structured mental disciplines and habits that take natural and spontaneous occurrences of present moment awareness and brings them under conscious control.
A useful resource from the Plum Village community.
IONSx is a cutting-edge, application-driven research program that demonstrates practical examples of consciousness affecting our physical world.
I swapped social media for meditation — and it turned me into a monster...
How do you deal with detractors? Each one will be different, but here are a few tips:
“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”
We encounter impermanence every day, but we seem to forget it when remembering it would do us the most good.
How to wake up without losing your mind.
Not long ago, I stumbled across a very simple and easy to remember method for staying mindful — especially when things take a decidedly negative turn. It’s as simple as R.A.I.N.
NLP - How To Change The Way You Think
Site Map - Zen Tools For Tough Times
Self Improvement Resources - Separating The Wheat From The Chaff
These two short and dynamic exercises from author and educator Susan Kaiser Greenland helps children develop kindness and gratitude.
It is sold as a force that can help us cope with the ravages of capitalism, but with its inward focus, mindful meditation may be the enemy of activism
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Kindness is its own good—but it can also bring health benefits
There is something in human nature - a desire to glamourise, sanctify, objectify and idolise - that elevates people who have offered deep insights to the human race and create distance between them and the rest of us.
Truth may appear in different ways – "the truth may come in strange disguises" - but if the filters in our minds are set wide enough and if our minds are truly open we will see it. Or as it is said: "seek and you will find"...
The Institute of Noetic Science have produced recommendations presented in a scientific paper for ways to expand the science of meditation while maintaining rigorous standards of scientific inquiry.
From the public education to healthcare, the corporate world to the criminal justice system, parliament to the military, mindfulness is promoted as a cure-all for modern ills. Yet the evidence for the efficacy of mindfulness is not strong.
If you are considering a positive personal change, how ready are you to take the actions needed to move forward? Why do you dig in, persevere, or give up?
Three monks were arguing about which love was the greatest. Even after a long time they could not agree and so resolved to test their theories and agreed to meet again in five years time to discover which one had experienced the greatest love of all.
"Recognising that I am the recipient of a miracle, the unfoldment of which is almost entirely out of my hands, allows the reality to shine forth: abundance is everywhere, only limited by our complaining."
Who would you be without that thought?
Okay, so you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. That’s your Mindfulness Bat Signal. Time to spring into action with 3 new skills…
The rabbis used to meditate, here's how you can start too.
What comes to mind when you think of mindfulness? For many it’s an image of a yogi, a Buddha, or a wellness influencer. Maybe it’s a phone app or a fitness outlet.For me, it’s science.
This practise of working directly with our "selves" is very empowering – if we can do it - and is another practical tool for learning how to think and how to stop thinking.
Thoughts in the mind are like waves in the ocean: you can never fully stop them from arising, explains Zen master Shunryu Suzuki.
You can try practicing mindfulness anywhere, including your own home. Here’s everything you need to know about expanding your awareness, attention and inner peace today.
Being tired can have such huge effects on us. And many people are tired much of the time, from being overworked and underslept. So what can we do?
I recently made lists of my most personally meaningful accomplishments and experiences as well as my biggest regrets and mistakes of the past 25 years. Then I spent about 90 minutes looking for lessons and patterns in both lists.
How do make decisions based on intuition when you are experiencing testing times, when there is a conflict between your intuition and your conscious mind, and especially when this is because of adverse external circumstances?
It is not so hard to eat alone. We invariably have a book, TV or a phone for company. But how painful is eating silently? Vietnamese peace activist and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh says we can overcome our fear of silence and quietude by practicing mindfulness. This applies to eating as well.
Pondering the usefulness of meditation in the modern world.
We all struggle and strive to attain health, wealth and personal happiness. Yet these three big areas: our health, our wealth and our relationships are where we all get "hung out to dry" – sooner or later.
People usually succeed in the long run. This is the pattern I see in my long-term readers. They may take a while to get moving on their goals at first. They may endure some false starts and setbacks. They may procrastinate now and then. But if a goal is important to them, they do eventually succeed.
James Sexton has handled more than 1000 divorces. He doesn’t claim to know what makes a relationship work… but he sure knows what doesn’t.
The truth may come in strange disguises. So when I see something in any diverse area of life or field of inquiry that resonates I pay careful attention to it.
Getting stuck in our attempts at personal change is a common experience. We get stuck for at least 4 big reasons:
Lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles:
Put simply there is no time! The physical world that we see and live in and mistake as reality – or all there is – is only 50% of the equation. There can be no on without off, no up without down. Confused?
Ok, try sitting still on a chair or cushion facing a blank wall and just sit there for 15 minutes. No music, no Ipod or mobile phone or any other distractions - just sit there - and stop thinking!
Our real problem is that we confuse the "world as-it-is" with the "world as-it-is-thought-about". And the difference between the two is vast. We’re like a person eating a menu instead of a meal...
There was a farmer who ground a meagre living from his land, and was forever complaining about his lot, one day he discovered another farm nearby which was thriving beyond all imagination.
How could this be so? The other farmer was working similar soil, in a similar climate, and yet his farm was like a paradise. His secret?
Your employers are taking advantage of you, you are about to be made redundant, you are in debt and your finances are a mess, your wife/husband/partner and you keep arguing, you are under so much pressure - you need to "do" something, anything, right now. But what to do?
You've got 20 minutes to change your life in 100 ways. Go.This is the premise of an exercise I tried once, when I was feeling stuck in life...
So what are the benefits of being able to stop thinking? It's bit like what happens at a party, if you stay there long enough (and reasonably sober!) the number of people thins out, the noise levels diminish, and eventually if you stay long enough it becomes quiet and you can look around at the post-party debris with a reasonable degree of clarity.