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Glimpsing Mindfulness

A collection of brief practices offers an unconventional approach to meditation.

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Mindfulness Is A Spontaneous And Naturally Occurring State

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.

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Mindfulness Practices From Thich Nhat Hanh

A useful resource from the Plum Village community.

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The Effect of Consciousness on the Physical World

IONSx is a cutting-edge, application-driven research program that demonstrates practical examples of consciousness affecting our physical world.

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My Attempts to Overcome My Addiction To Social Media

I swapped social media for meditation — and it turned me into a monster...

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8 Simple Tips To Deal With Negative People

How do you deal with detractors? Each one will be different, but here are a few tips:

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How to Let Go of Shame - Mindfully

“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”

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This Too Shall Pass: A User’s Guide to Impermanence as a Tool For Self-Improvement

We encounter impermanence every day, but we seem to forget it when remembering it would do us the most good.

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The Skeptic's Guide to Enlightenment

How to wake up without losing your mind.

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Mindfulness When Things Get Tough - Let it R.A.I.N.

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.

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NLP - How To Change The Way You Think

NLP - How To Change The Way You Think

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Site Map - Zen Tools For Tough Times

Site Map - Zen Tools For Tough Times

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Self Improvement Resources - Separating The Wheat From The Chaff

Self Improvement Resources - Separating The Wheat From The Chaff

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How to Help Your Kids Practice Mindfulness Meditation

These two short and dynamic exercises from author and educator Susan Kaiser Greenland helps children develop kindness and gratitude.

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The Mindfulness Conspiracy

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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"Simply Mindfulness" - A Great Resource

New videos every Tuesday and Friday.

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Cultivating Kindness Through Meditation Can Slow the Aging Process, According to New Research

Kindness is its own good—but it can also bring health benefits

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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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The Duck Test And The Big Assumption

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"...

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The Future Of Meditation Research

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.

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There Is Little Scientific Evidence To Support The Benefits Of Mindfulness

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.

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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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The Greatest Love of All

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.

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My Story of Gratitude

"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."

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Can I Change My Mind?

Who would you be without that thought?

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3 Mindfulness Keys To Happiness

Okay, so you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. That’s your Mindfulness Bat Signal. Time to spring into action with 3 new skills…

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An Introduction to Meditating the Jewish Way

The rabbis used to meditate, here's how you can start too.

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Before You Dismiss Mindfulness...

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.

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Big Mind Experiences - Working With The Selves

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.

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Small Mind, Big Mind

Thoughts in the mind are like waves in the ocean: you can never fully stop them from arising, explains Zen master Shunryu Suzuki.

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What Is Mindfulness? Everything You Need To Know And How To Start

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.

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6 Tips for Staying Mindful, Even When You’re Tired

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?

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Trusting Yourself

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.

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"Night Vision" - How To Make Decisions Based On Intuition

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?

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Eat and meditate: Cultivating peace and serenity through food and silence

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.

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Meditation: An Antidote To Our woes?

Pondering the usefulness of meditation in the modern world.

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How Things Are - The Inbuilt Design Flaw Of Life

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.

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Patterns of Success - People Usually Succeed In The Long Run

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.

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How To Make Your Marriage Awesome: 6 Secrets From A Top Divorce Lawyer

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.

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The Duck Test And The Big Assumption

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.

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4 Big Reasons Why We Get Stuck - Personal Development

Getting stuck in our attempts at personal change is a common experience. We get stuck for at least 4 big reasons:

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"Luck" Occurs When Preparedness Meets Opportunity

Lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles:

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Life Beyond Your Thinking Mind Part Two

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?

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Are You At The Mercy Of Your Uncontrollable Thoughts?

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!

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Life Beyond Your Thinking Mind Part One

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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My Story Of Gratitude

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?

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Self Motivation - 10 Key Steps When Faced With Impossible Choices

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?

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Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change Your Life

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...

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How To Stop Thinking?

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.

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