Eastern Philosophy – the Movies. 10 Most Zen-Friendly Websites to Keep You Calm and Productive at Work. Do you feel like you can no longer cope with the stress of meeting your deadlines?
Does the lack of concentration stop you from focusing on your goals? Are you stuck or stressed out? Then put your headphones on. Try using some of the most Zen-friendly websites on offer that really work wonders for keeping your cool in the workplace. Sam Harris on the Paradox of Meditation and How to Stretch Our Capacity for Everyday Self-Transcendence. By Maria Popova.
Sam Harris on Spirituality without Religion, Happiness, and How to Cultivate the Art of Presence. By Maria Popova “Our world is dangerously riven by religious doctrines that all educated people should condemn, and yet there is more to understanding the human condition than science and secular culture generally admit.”
Nietzsche’s famous proclamation that “God is dead” is among modern history’s most oft-cited aphorisms, and yet as is often the case with its ilk, such quotations often miss the broader context in a way that bespeaks the lazy reductionism with which we tend to approach questions of spirituality today. Nietzsche himself clarified the full dimension of his statement six years later, in a passage from The Twilight of Idols, where he explained that “God” simply signified the supersensory realm, or “true world,” and wrote: “We have abolished the true world.
20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life. “Silence is a source of great strength.”
~Lao Tzu For over two years I spent one out of every four weeks in silence. At the time I was living at a Zen Monastery and every month we would have a week-long silent retreat. During this retreat we sat meditation in silence, ate in silence, worked in silence, and only communicated through hand gestures and written notes. Fear of Silence. I have the impression that many of us are afraid of silence.
We’re always taking in something—text, music, radio, television, or thoughts—to occupy the space. Realizing You're Enough Instead of Trying to Fix Yourself. “If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
~Oprah Winfrey Seven years ago I discovered a world of healing, energy, and spirituality. It came at a particularly hard time in my life. Everything that could go wrong seemed to have. First, I picked up a bug while travelling, which left me unable to hold down food for over eight weeks, and doctors told me there was nothing more they could do. 27 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Eckhart Tolle. By: Luminita, PurposeFairy I love Eckhart Tolle.
I remember reading his book,The Power of Now in 2010 and from that moment on, whenever I feel that my mind is drifting, making too much noise and keeping me from being fully present and engaged in the NOW, I immediately go back to reading his book. I have learned so many wonderful lessons from reading his inspiring books, watching his lectures, and today I would like to share 27 of these life changing lessons with you. Enjoy ! 1. “People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind.” “…the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form.
The I Ching is an uncertainty machine – Will Buckingham. I stepped into the dark of the ramshackle hillside temple.
It was a hot day, and the climb had been steep. There were no other tourists around. The only people I passed on my way up the mountainside steps were two pious old ladies, pausing to catch their breath as they struggled through the afternoon heat. Inside it was cool, the air fragrant with incense. To one side of the door was a table, and behind the table sat a small, neat man in the robes of a Daoist priest.
Kahlil Gibran on the Absurdity of Self-Righteousness. By Maria Popova A simple reminder that nothing undoes dignity like peevish indignation.
Decades before artist Anne Truitt pondered the cure for our chronic self-righteousness, another extraordinary creative mind tussled with this human pathology. Thoreau’s Body of Knowledge. Thoreau’s Body of Knowledge by Liam Heneghan Walking is a foundational practice, amounting in natural history to methodology.
Charles Darwin in his Journal and remarks 1832–1836 more commonly known as The Voyage of the Beagle (1839) used the verb “walk”, or variants thereof, almost twice as frequently as the verb “sail” (walk, 94; sail 50). Darwin’s was more a journey on foot than a voyage by ocean. Where’s Waldo? Last February, Harvard’s Belknap Press issued the final volume of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Collected Works, a project that had taken over 40 years. It was conceived at the beginning of what is now called “The Emerson Revival.” Before the 1970s, Harvard professor Lawrence Buell remarks, “even specialists could not be counted on to treat Emerson as anything better than an amateur warmup act.” Poststructuralism, however, provided a paradigm for “Emerson’s fragmentary, self-reflexive prose,” and as its star rose, so did Emerson’s.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1845) Interest in Emerson has been going strong ever since. My So-Called Life On Walden Pond.