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What If This Is It?

What if, as Thich Nhat Hanh simply yet profoundly states, “This is it?”

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These Are Not “Your” Thoughts

If we remain unaware of thoughts as they arise, it is difficult to develop insight into their impersonal nature and into our own deep-rooted and subtle identification with the thought process.

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WEEKEND READING: The Invisible Majority [America's Asian Buddhists]

The vast majority of American Buddhists are of Asian heritage, yet they are too often ignored, mispresented, and even looked down upon. Chenxing Han offers five ways we can start to heal the great divide in American Buddhism.

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Why We Give Our Power Away to our Fears and How to Take it Back

To live well is to live in a reality without the conditionings brought by all of our fears but instead to be free of them.

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What If This Is It?

What if, as Thich Nhat Hanh simply yet profoundly states, “This is it?”

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How To Cope With Suffering - by Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh answers a retreatant’s question on what to do in the face of suffering.

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Becoming Truly Alive - by Thich Nhat Hanh

We live a kind of artificial life, says Thich Nhat Hanh, lost in plans, worries, and anger. Our practice is to wake up and live each moment fully, allowing this moment to be the most wonderful experience of our life.

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Thich Nhat Hanh on The Practice of Mindfulness

“Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in.” It is such a simple practice, but it can transform your life. The great meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches five mindfulness exercises to help you live with happiness and joy.

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WEEKEND READING: The Dharma Was Built on These Bricks

Andrea Miller visits the ruins of Nalanda, the great university where much of what we know today as Buddhism was developed.

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Mindfulness - Decoupling The Content of Your Thoughts From Your Relationship With Your Thoughts

It’s not the content of your thoughts. It’s your relationship to your thoughts. It's all about decoupling. Gaining distance from your thoughts - learning to look at them not from them.

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This Moment is Your Karma

The life you are having only exists in this moment.

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5 Things Holding You Back From the Life You Want

Simple mindful hacks to get you to your full potential.

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WEEKEND READING: Free at Last

Rima Vesely-Flad reports on Deep Time Liberation, a retreat that takes African American meditators into the heart of slavery’s past so they can free themselves from its legacy of trauma.

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How to Set your Self Improvement Goals?

Personal growth is synonymous to self-instruction. For an individual who has consistently thought learning must just stop with your passing, I put stock in persistent learning. I put stock in changing and I even have confidence in ending up better each day.

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The Skeptic's Guide to Enlightenment

How to wake up without losing your mind.

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How Learning To Let Go Of Challenges Is Healthy For Personal Growth

Personal growth is something I have sought in life, at least on an unconscious level since I was very, very young. Much of that personal growth has manifested through life challenges, which while being good, can hit a point where it gets unhealthy.

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DOWNLOAD - Free Guide To Meditation

Easy to follow practices for your heart and mind

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Earth Gathas by Thich Nhat Hanh

Gathas help us to practice mindfulness in our daily lives and to look deeply. Reciting these short verses will bring awareness, peace, and joy to the simple activities we may take for granted.

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WEEKEND READING: What Can We Learn from an Android Buddhist Preacher?

With automation increasingly replacing human work in many industries, Cristina Moon examines the shortcomings of artificial intelligence when it comes to the intimate role of a priest.

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5 Buddhist Practices to Help Tackle Climate Change

Climate change can feel so immense that it hurts just to think about. Lama Willa Miller offers five meditations to help bring the truth of climate change into your awareness and lay the ground for a skillful response.

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Mindfulness - Waking Up to Your World

Throughout your day you can pause, take a break from your usual thoughts, and wake up to the magic and vastness of the world around you. This easy and spacious type of mindfulness practice is the most important thing we can do with our lives.

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Meditation - I Vow Not to Burn Out

It’s not enough to help others. You have to take care of yourself too.

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Meditation - Glimpses of Awakening

Although enlightenment may seem like an unreachable goal, we’re actually having glimpses of it all the time.

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Personal Development - The Main Reasons Why We So Often Get Stuck

So often despite our best intentions we do not progress in our personal development

Getting stuck is a common experience. We get stuck for at least 4 reasons:

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The Secret Ingredient for Successful Personal Change

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?

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WEEKEND READING: Do We Actually Experience the Flow of Time?

Do we actually experience the flow of time? We certainly experience something that looks like it. But if we introspect carefully into this experience, is what we find accurately describable as “flow”?

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Personal Development - Understanding The Power Of The Gestation Period

The bedrock foundation of the power of positive thinking is our ability to stay persistent when we are unable to see any growth on the surface.

In a culture driven by instant gratification – this is our biggest challenge.

This insight is powerfully illustrated by the true story of the Chinese Bamboo Tree...

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The Most Powerful Tool for Personal Change is Absolutely Free

If you want to change your life, you must raise your awareness, or consciousness. Awareness is a requirement for growth. The single most powerful tool for raising your consciousness is always available to you. What is it?

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Part of Mastering the Mind is Letting Go…Again and Again

When we don’t remember that we’re the masters of our minds, then we become servants to the servants...

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You Don’t Need to Be Buddhist - Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh explains how anyone can use the five mindfulness trainings to lead a life of understanding and compassion.

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The Daffodil Principle - What Happens When You Take Action Every Day

Whenever you hear about someone who’s achieved an extraordinary goal, rarely, if ever, do you hear about the process they used – that is, the ordinary actions they did consistently that helped them – you only hear about the outcome.

We’re lead to believe that extraordinary successes are a result of one-off extraordinary actions, but they’re not...

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How to Break a Bad Habit (and Replace It with a Better One)

In the 1990s, researchers at MIT discovered a neurological loop at the core of every habit. This loop consists of three parts: A cue, a routine, and a reward.

Let’s look at the four-step process you can use to break a bad habit.

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WEEKEND READING: Becoming The Mountains and Rivers

When we know something intimately, taught Dogen, it ceases to exist and so do we. John Daido Loori Roshi examines this quintessential teaching in Dogen’s Mountains and Rivers Sutra.

Master Dogen taught that what different types of beings see is different.

We should reflect on this. Is it that there are various ways of seeing a single object? Or is it that we have mistaken a variety of images for a single object?

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What Is Enlightenment? It's Not What You Think But What You Know

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.

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Personal Development - The Filtering Mechanism in Why We Think The Way We Do

Here’s how the filtering mechanisms affect how our internal map of reality operates to generate our feelings, thoughts, and behaviours.

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Personal Development - Why We Think The Way We Do

Why we think the way we do?

Here’s the big picture of how our internal map of reality operates to generate our feelings, thoughts, and behaviours.

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Spiritual Awakening - There Can Be No UP Without DOWN, No ON Without OFF

The physical world that we see and live in - "the foreground" and mistake as reality – or all there is – is only 50% of the equation.

The other 50% is "the background" – also referred to as emptiness, the void, the field of possibilities, the "ground of all being", God, Allah etc.

Our senses are constructed in such a way that we notice and respond to "the foreground" but miss "the background", but that doesn't mean it isn't there, and that doesn't mean it isn't absolutely essential.

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Spiritual Awareness - How To Escape The Delusion Of Dogma

Dogmas – religious, political, scientific – arise out of the erroneous belief that thought can encapsulate reality or the truth.

Nothing has inflicted more suffering on humanity than its dogmas.

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Spiritual Awareness - The Life Beyond Our Thinking Mind

We confuse "the world as-it-is-thought-about" with "the world as-it-is".

We’re like a person eating the menu instead of the meal.

This confusion over who we are is why we feel chronically frustrated with life and keep seeking the "missing" piece.

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Meditation - How to Deal With Sleepy Mind & Monkey Mind

When I’m meditating, I mostly flip-flop between trying not to fall asleep and getting lost in my thoughts and fantasies. How do I stop going back and forth between drowsiness and monkey mind?

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Meditation - How to Do Mindful Washing The Dishes

There are many daily opportunities for practising mindfulness in the simple everyday tasks and activities that we normally do on "auto-pilot".

Washing the dishes is a good opportuntity for learning how to practise mindfulness in everyday life.

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Meditation - How to Drink a Mindful Cup of Tea

A cup of tea [or coffee] is a nice break. Drinking it mindfully is a real break.

As you disengage even momentarily from your surface mind, you access deeper layers of your self to include in your discourse or journey. That allows you to talk, move, and act more authentically as a whole person.

Try this five-step practice.

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WEEKEND READING: The Beauty of Imperfection

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese term meaning to find beauty in imperfection.

Murata Shuko, a 15th century Zen monk, purposely opposed the materialism of the fashionable Japanese tea ceremony by using local, understated, and worn or cracked utensils in his ceremonies.

Wabi-sabi is now known as a design trend akin to minimalism. But the essence of its appeal lies in finding beauty in imperfection and impermanence.

May these articles help you find beauty in the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete:

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Personal Development - Why Managing Personal Change Is Inherently Tricky

Managing personal change is inherently tricky. We usually make the flawed assumption that it is skills based, in other words that we can read about it, go to seminars, watch videos and be taught to change. Whilst it is true that we can be taught, generally we won't change...

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Personal Development - 4 Big Reasons Why We Get Stuck

We like to think – and are often led to believe – that we are masters of our destiny.

Yet that is just not true, as the vast majority of what we think is outside of our conscious awareness.

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3 Mindful Practises For Dealing With Imposed Change

I was not working and experiencing a very hard time financially with all the obvious pressures associated with that. I became exhausted and completely run down. I found it hard to control my thoughts. I would often wake up in the early hours of the morning with extremely negative thoughts.

Here are 3 tips for dealing with the stress of imposed change - all based on deep personal experience.

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Mindfulness Exercises - The Practise Of Living Mindfully

How to integrate mindful living into everyday activities.

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Tips On Mindfulness Practise

Some practical tips and suggestions, based on my personal experience.

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Think You Don't Have Time to Meditate?

Scientists reveal that you don't need to meditate like a monk to experience its benefits. Here's how to 'micro-dose' meditation.

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