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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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Mindful Listening

You are engaged in the practise of mindful listening when you remain fully present whilst the other person is speaking. The dynamics of mindful listening differ from "normal" listening in several important respects:

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Avoid the Bypass: How to Be a Responsive Listener (and not a Jerk)

“Spiritual bypassing,” has been defined by as the phenomena of people using (or misusing) spiritual ideas, platitudes and practices to avoid dealing with helplessness, unresolved issues or painful circumstances.

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Sticks & Stones: The Practice of Conscious Speech

Unlike the old adage that many of us heard growing up, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” words do indeed cause harm. So that we may avoid hurting one another, here are five guidelines for creating harmonious communication:

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Habits Of Speech: Becoming More Conscious

When I’m projecting my opinions onto others and/or presenting my opinions as fact, it often causes stress and disconnection. If I can catch myself and own my bias I gain greater clarity and self-awareness.

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Mindfulness Is A Natural State

Whenever you climb a steep ladder – or a rock-face – or drive a car at speed or engage in any physical activity where there is some degree of danger – have you noticed afterwards how you became oblivious to everything except your 100% concentration totally in the present moment?

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Realise The Benefits Of Informal Meditation

With informal meditation practice, we look for opportunities throughout the course of our ordinary day to be fully present, mindful and awake.

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What Is Analytic Meditation? Here’s How A Small Tweak To Your Meditation Practice Can Help You Focus

If you're curious about practicing meditation, you've likely heard a lot about mindfulness, which is often touted for its mind-body benefits— but contrary to popular belief, it's not the only meditation practice there is.

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Hannes Reck Shares his Experience Practicing Didgeridoo Meditation

"For me, it just has a really meditative effect on myself, I just manage to just get all the thoughts out of my head which is the idea of meditation," he said.

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Call Off The Search! An End To Seeking

"We are a Work in Progress" the often said words of the allegedly wise, repeated without question...

And so lives the perilous myth... We are not yet enough. There is someone we must become. This life has conditions...

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Stuck In Seeking

It is often the most sincere, the most devout, the most dedicated who are the most stuck in seeking – in many cases almost as a badge of honour – seeking truth, seeking God, seeking enlightenment, seeking nirvana, seeking deeper understanding and growth...always seeking...

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How To Practise Mindfulness In Daily Life

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

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What To Do When Your Mindfulness Practice Just Isn't Working

You can know dozens of mindfulness tools, and even be adept at them, yet still freak out when life gets tough. So, does that mean we just throw our mindfulness practice out the window and give up? Actually, the opposite is true. It means you need to keep practicing mindfulness.

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It's ALL About These 2 Simple Things

I know it does sound dramatic to say that: "it's ALL about these 2 simple things..."

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You Are Already Dying

The most profound meditation is contemplating the certainty of your own death.

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There Was No Sense Of Me As A Person - Simply Consciousness

When I was eighteen years old I unexpectedly entered a spontaneous yogic trance in which I experienced Samadhi. In other words, there was no sense of me as a person, but rather a sense of infinite awareness resting in an awareness of itself.

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Whatever Arises in Your Mind, Be Present

Meditation is neither about cultivating nor rejecting, but rather about learning how to be present in the face of whatever arises in our mind.

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I Did It MY Way!

Change that I choose is welcome - but change that is imposed upon me is not welcome. The tipping point is choice. There are only three possible responses to imposed change:

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Self Talk - How We CAN Change The Way We Think

The very best clue that you have some unhelpful and unresourceful self-talk going on inside your head, but outside your conscious awareness, is to look closely at your resistance to things.

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Do You Struggle With Negative Self-Talk?

To a surprising degree the human brain runs on auto-pilot and follows pre-programmed paths and patterns - and they are not always supportive...

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The 7 Personal Habits Of People Who Accomplish Their Purpose

Human beings are all different, but people who accomplish their purpose share these seven common habits.

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Have You Tried Dancing Meditation?

Dancing meditation is a tool used to reach a higher level of spirituality and to combine both mental and physical exercise. There are several forms of the moving meditation, from the hypnotic whirling of Sufi dervishes to ecstatic flailing and slow, controlled movements.

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What If Does Consciousness Not Come from the Brain?

Consciousness remains a huge mystery. We all have it, but science has no idea how it could arise from a physical brain. Our brain is physical and yet our consciousness is not. But what if the brain doesn’t produce consciousness at all?

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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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Finding your Rhythm for Meditation

LaStacia Ross of Eclectic Soul Studio busts out the singing bowls to help us achieve a state of meditation while giving a few pointers along the way in this video.

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Escaping to Yourself with Meditation and Mindfulness

LaStacia Ross of Eclectic Soul Studio helps us clear our minds by teaching us meditation and mindfulness techniques to help keep us cool, calm, and collected in this video.

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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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4 Best At-Home Meditation Devices

From tracking your brainwaves to deepening your practice, these devices are the next generation of meditation resources.

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The Skeptic's Guide to Enlightenment

How to wake up without losing your mind.

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