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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...
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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.
Too busy, too rushed or simply too stressed to even think about how you could go about adding a positive spin to your life? As I tried to clear my head during a walk recently, something occurred to me...
You want to be happy. Unfortunately, your brain is not always in a cooperating kind of mood. Why?
Have you ever felt that the objective world was beating you down? Ever felt like you’ve been dealt a pile-up of problems and annoyances to deal with? If this is an objective universe, then unfortunately the universe doesn’t actually care. But what if this universe isn’t objective?
A few years ago I wanted (and needed to give up smoking). I decided to try out a process that involves working with the selves.When I used this process, what I discovered was very powerful and actually quite frightening...
The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. If you want reality to be different than it is, you might as well try to teach a cat to bark. You can try and try, and in the end the cat will look up at you and say, "Meow."
"There's a place beyond the thinking mind. A place of truth and revelation. I know where it is and how to get there." An upcoming event in London, Los Angeles and Minneapolis. Details here:
There are so many simple everyday tasks and activities that we do largely on "auto-pilot". Whilst we undertake these tasks our minds are "running free" with internal chatter and "mental noise". These are excellent further opportunities to learn how to practise mindfulness.
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I want to introduce you to 5 powerful tools of the mind - tools that work on the mind and that can help you deal with tough times.
Self improvement ideas for managing personal change in terms of:  Cognitive insight - to inform you and educate you; and Transformational tools and processes - to change you.
True reality is not two, not dual. Realization of this true reality is called awakening. To think that by awakening something is attained is delusion, since the separation never existed to begin with. That was the delusion we created with thought.
Stress Management Techniques
Managing personal change is inherently tricky. Whilst it is true that we can be taught, generally we won't change...
It is often the most sincere, the most devout, the most dedicated who are the most stuck – in many cases almost as a badge of honour (and I say this respectfully and lovingly) – seeking truth, seeking God, seeking enlightenment, seeking nirvana, seeking deeper understanding and growth.
“What is enlightenment, no, I mean really, like what is it?”
The ascent of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito offers a lesson in the neuroscientific power of words.
Can I Change My Mind?
How To Change Your Life
In the spiritual search, the quest for true self-definition, we soon come to the realization that our best efforts, and even our very selves, are mechanical and reactive.
This curated collection of spiritual teachers, books, films and thoughts is an attempt to cut through the spiritual noise, and find resources worth digging into deeply.
Welcome to part 3 of the Subjective Reality course. This lesson covers advanced challenges including clarity of focus, thinking bigger, and expanding your imagination.
Welcome to part 2 of the Subjective Reality course. This lesson covers intermediate level challenges including consistency, unfulfilled desires, and how to progress beyond partial matches.
Welcome to this 3-part course on Subjective Reality. The first lesson covers the benefits of using the subjective lens and shares solutions for the initial challenges you may experience on this path.
We expend so much time an energy trying to be anywhere but here, now.
Never ending clarification...
A free email series - offering brief messages of insight and encouragement - based on the Zen Tools themes - approximately every 3 days.
We seek it here, we seek it there, we seek it everywhere. We are stuck in seeking.
Self Improvement Resources - Separating The Wheat From The Chaff
Self Improvement And Motivation
I have come to realise that my body relaxes more whenever I'm listening instead of thinking. Mostly I listen to the divine sound within whenever there
How To Change Your Life
Managing Personal Change
Stephen Warrilow - Personal Profile
Eckhart Tolle - The Practise of Mindfulness
How To Practise Mindfulness - The Story Of The Leper And The Dirty River - The Basis of All Mindfulness Meditation Training
The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is...
Not all teachers are what they seem. On closer examination, many have hidden agendas - often to do with money and/or power. So knowing who to pay attention to, let alone trust, can be very difficult.
The bad news for us is that at the current stage of evolution of the "average" or "normal" human brain - the "left brain" and the "right brain" do not communicate easily or much at all.
This lack of brain balance, is the underlying evolutionary and neurological reason why we experience life the way we do and why we suffer so much, and as a species why we inflict so much suffering on each other.
It is also the root cause of all of our personal internal conflict and inner resistance or immunity to change....