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Mind & Life Institute — Building a scientific understanding of the mind to reduce suffering and promote well-being. Why We Need Mistakes and Failures. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”

Why We Need Mistakes and Failures

~Elbert Hubbard A while back, I was invited to attend the Asian Chamber of Commerce’s 22nd Annual Awards Gala. Focused on “The Spirit of Entrepreneurship,” the Asian Chamber of Commerce celebrated individuals who exemplified great leadership skills in the Houston community. The keynote speaker, Dr. Overcoming the Fear of Loss: 5 Steps to Get Unstuck. “Death is not the greatest loss in life.

Overcoming the Fear of Loss: 5 Steps to Get Unstuck

The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” ~Norman Cousins Of all the things that scare us, loss can seem like the most terrifying. Learning to Embrace Change as Opportunity, Not Loss. “If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.”

Learning to Embrace Change as Opportunity, Not Loss

~Lao Tzu Two years ago my life as I knew it changed forever. Komusō. Komusō A Buddhist monk begging as a komusō Sketch of a komusō (right) A komusō (虚無僧, komusō?

Komusō

, Hiragana こむそう; also romanized komusou or komuso) was a Japanese mendicant monk of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism, during the Edo period of 1600-1868.[1] Komusō were characterised by the straw basket (a sedge or reed hood named a tengai) worn on the head, manifesting the absence of specific ego.[2] They are also known for playing solo pieces on the shakuhachi (a type of Japanese bamboo flute). These pieces, called honkyoku ("original pieces") were played during a meditative practice called suizen, for alms, as a method of attaining enlightenment, and as a healing modality. Open Buddha. When Thoughts Cause Stress: Steps on the Path to Mindfulness. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

When Thoughts Cause Stress: Steps on the Path to Mindfulness

~Charles Swindoll The notion that how we feel is directly caused by events around us, or directly involving us, is a scourge of our modern times. To believe that the external world and its perceived relationship to us is the major determinative factor in how we feel (“I can’t believe he/she said that to me—that’s so outrageous!”) The Power of Acceptance: Stop Resisting and Find the Lesson. “Of course there is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

The Power of Acceptance: Stop Resisting and Find the Lesson

~Arthur Rubinstein Recently I have learned the true meaning of acceptance. I never in all my life thought I was going to experience certain emotions and be dealing with confusing situations, as I’m doing right now. You see, sometimes you’re an observer of other people’s lives and you think you’ll never experience what they’re living, whether it be a positive or negative situation. Free buddhist audio : free mp3s and texts on buddhism, meditation and the arts. A Bite of Buddhism.

The four sublime mental states are qualities of mind that we cultivate in order to alleviate the suffering we experience in everyday life and to feel more connected to others—and the worries and fears we all share.

A Bite of Buddhism

In the language of the Buddha (Pali), they are called the brahma viharas , which means "the dwelling place of awakened beings. " The good news for us unawakened beings is that it's easy to begin cultivating the brahma viharas . Indeed, they are an integral part of other religious, spiritual, and humanistic traditions. I present them here with a distinctly Buddhist "flavor. " 3 Keys to Staying Present under Pressure. “The only pressure I’m under is the pressure I’ve put on myself.”

3 Keys to Staying Present under Pressure

~Mark Messier Back when Earth was cooling, I was a broker at Shearson Lehman Brothers. I still have nightmares about the pressure there—the pressure to sell stocks and bonds, to succeed, to be the best in the office, and to forget what is really important in life. Now I write books and lead workshops. 9 Powerful Life Lessons from Studying with a Monk.

“Doing your best means never stop trying.”

9 Powerful Life Lessons from Studying with a Monk

~Unknown When I was 18 years old, I suffered from anxiety and stomach problems. LUCID DREAMING. Mindfulness helps cancer patients. Simple yoga exercises are part of the mindfulness techniques that can free cancer patients of their anxiety and depression.

Mindfulness helps cancer patients

It is, however, important that a qualified MBSR or MBCT teacher guides the patients to do the mindfulness practices correctly. (Photo: Colourbox) When people are diagnosed with cancer, their brains start working overtime. Happy Is As Happy Does: Make Your Own Joy in Life. “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” ~Benjamin Disraeli I used to get paralyzed with fear in the face of any load of work. Suffering from crippling depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and severely low self-esteem, I’d find so many thoughts battling me, making it hard to take action: What’s the point of starting if you know you won’t finish?

You’re just going to waste your time putting in all that effort when you get rejected at the end.Think about how much time that’s going to take! Do Nothing for 2 Minutes. Vice’s Hamilton Morris Interviewed on Hallucinogenic Fish [Guest Post] In 2006 two men cooked and ate a fish which they had caught in the Western Mediterranean. Minutes after ingesting the fish frightening visual and auditory hallucinations began to overcome them.

These intense visions lasted 36 hours. The fish they had caught was a Sarpa Salpa. Why a documentary on the Secret History of Magic Mushrooms? - Gnostic Media. The following articles are on this page: 1) R. Gordon Wasson: The Man, the Legend, the Myth. Beginning a New History of Magic Mushrooms, Ethnomycology,and the Psychedelic Revolution. By Jan Irvin, May 13, 2012. To Some Hindus, Modern Yoga Has Lost Its Way. Hide captionBernice Acosta and other yoga enthusiasts practice in New York's Times Square at an event marking the 2011 summer solstice. Some Hindus say such events have little to do with yoga's spiritual roots. Mario Tama/Getty Images. Tierra Vida – An Ayahuasca Journey. Maybe We'll Never Arrive. “Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”

~Matsuo Basho Once, one of my friends shared a line of wisdom that summed up the dance of wholeness and aspiration I often find myself absorbed in: “Everything is quite all right; our worth secure and true. The (real) secret to hot sex - Love and Sex. Guide To The Psychotronic Generator. 8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating - StumbleUpon. Peter Russell: The Primacy Of Consciousness. Love and Forgiveness Meditation. 101 Zen Stories - StumbleUpon. Welcome to Audio Dharma - StumbleUpon. The four immeasurables - StumbleUpon. Thematic Essay. The Meaning of Life & Why It Isn't Recognized.

Ariel Garten: Know thyself, with a brain scanner. » 9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better. New Here? Is it necessary to take the word of others about answers to the most important of questions? The author contends no. The Power of Introverts: A Manifesto for Quiet Brilliance. Do What Thou Wilt Is The Whole Of The Law. A Little Meditation Goes a Long Way. Stephen Colbert Converts All Dead Mormons to Judaism. Psych Central - Trusted mental health, depression, bipolar, ADHD and psychology information . Tiny Buddha: Wisdom Quotes, Letting Go, Letting Happiness In - Part 3. 10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy. The Buddha and His Dhamma, by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. Daily Wisdom. Top five regrets of the dying.

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