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“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” ~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. Why We Need Mistakes and Failures
Overcoming the Fear of Loss: 5 Steps to Get Unstuck “Death is not the greatest loss in life. 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.
At 9:30 in the morning, an architect and three senior scientists—two from Stanford, the other from Hewlett-Packard—donned eyeshades and earphones, sank into comfy couches, and waited for their government-approved dose of LSD to kick in. From across the suite and with no small amount of anticipation, Dr. James Fadiman spun the knobs of an impeccable sound system and unleashed Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68.” The Heretic
Learning to Embrace Change as Opportunity, Not Loss “If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” ~Lao Tzu Two years ago my life as I knew it changed forever.
Komusō A Buddhist monk begging as a komusō Sketch of a komusō (right) A komusō (虚無僧, 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. 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. 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. Komusō
When Thoughts Cause Stress: Steps on the Path to Mindfulness | Tiny Buddha “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” ~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 | Tiny Buddha “Of course there is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.” ~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.
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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. 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." A Bite of Buddhism | Psychology Today
“The only pressure I’m under is the pressure I’ve put on myself.” ~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. 3 Keys to Staying Present under Pressure
9 Powerful Life Lessons from Studying with a Monk “Doing your best means never stop trying.” ~Unknown When I was 18 years old, I suffered from anxiety and stomach problems.
Mindfulness helps cancer patients Simple yoga exercises are part of the mindfulness techniques that can free cancer patients of their anxiety and depression. 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!
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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.
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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 To Some Hindus, Modern Yoga Has Lost Its Way
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