Mindful Living

11 Tips for Mindful Living

Meditation is where mindful living starts. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just sit for 5-10 minutes and learn to “be in the present”. Focus your attention on your breath. Notice when your thoughts wander from your breath, and gently return to the breath.

The real meditation practice is how we live our lives from moment to moment to moment. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

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What part of you is really you?

In Buddhism, we talk about the concept of “no self”, the idea that things have no intrinsic existence of their own. Take a moment and look down at your hands right now, they’re probably holding your phone or holding the mouse, ready to click away from this article (don’t do it!). But look at them and ask yourself: [mks_highlight color=”#eeee22″]”are these hands really me?”[/mks_highlight] What if you lost your hands in an accident…would you still be you? Of course right? Now look at your legs and ask the same question: “If I didn’t have these legs, would I still be me?” What part of you is really you? Read More

True Kindness

“The most powerful medicine we can offer for suffering of any kind is simply kindness.” – Dzogchen Ponlop

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The Power of Compassion

The Buddha taught that in order to realize enlightenment, a person must develop two qualities: wisdom and compassion. These two qualities are sometimes compared to two wings that must work together to achieve flight, or two eyes that work together to be able to experience depth perception. Read More

An Insight Into What Depression is Like

Depression is a serious condition. Perhaps you’ve experienced some of what is explained in this video, if not, I’m sure someone you know has. When others seem to be enjoying life, the black dog stands in the way for a lot of people. If you recognize any of this, it’s time to think about taking some steps to look after yourself.

3 Vital Steps For Acquiring New Wisdom

1) Empty your mind.

A student went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the student talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The student watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself. “It’s full! No more will go in!” the student blurted. “This is you,” the master replied, “How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup.

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“But The Emperor Has No Clothes!”

This expression comes from the tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen. In it, there was an emperor who loved wearing fine clothes and spent all of his people’s money on them. He had a different set for each hour and was, without doubt, the finest dressed man in the land. Read More