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Living a Committed Life
Various
Spirituality
Share “Give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the earth.”— Archimedes “I love this quote from the Greek mathematician Archimedes two millennia ago, because I believe that when we take a stand for something, we can move the world and change the course of history. Taking a stand comes from the deepest part of you — the very heart of who...
Living a Committed Life
Various
Spirituality
Share “Transformation is taking place everywhere on earth in micro and macro ways. These small and large breakthroughs are underreported and sometimes invisible. However, conscious and committed human beings everywhere are generating new possibilities and profound new ways of being that are at the cutting edge of an evolutionary leap.”— Lynne Twist...
Perception, Wisdom, and Wonder: Closing the Rift Between the Rational and Spiritual
Monkey Mind
Zen
Perception, Wisdom, and Wonder: Closing the Rift Between the Rational and Spiritual January 30, 2023 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.   Danaan Deneve Weeks Delivered as a sermon at the First Unit...
The Truth about Lying
Various
Spirituality
Share “We lie for a variety of reasons. Our lies can be motivated by more than one reason, and the motivations can overlap. For instance, a teenager who lies about where they were after school may be motivated to lie to prevent negative consequences, such as getting into trouble with their parent, but also to avoid their parents’ disappointment or ...
The Truth about Lying
Various
Spirituality
Share Not only a book for parents and educators, this work is authored by a psychologist and scientist who demonstrates that truthfulness is the best strategy. The core of the book is in Part Two called “Teaching Honesty to Children,” and the strategies offered are suitable for people of any age. Truthfulness is a problem throughout our lives and c...
The Zen of Cold
Triycle
Buddhism
Many people consider winter to be a grin-and-bear-it season, the clammy feet and numb fingertips an unwelcome challenge, maybe even cause for depression. But what if we could recast the harsh, dark months as an opportunity for attentiveness, a gateway to clarity and fleeting beauty? How does place influence practice? How does climate interact with ...
4 Science-Backed Tips for Sticking to Your Meditation Practice
Various
Spirituality
If you find yourself struggling to start or keep up a meditation practice, you’re not alone. Although meditation instructions are usually simple (for example, to maintain a gentle focus on the breath), that doesn’t mean meditating itself is always easy. Research suggests that new and experienced meditators alike face barriers to practice. For insta...
How To Feel Closer To Someone You Love Who Has Died
Various
Meditation
The Daily Meditation with Paul Harrison How To Feel Closer To Someone You Love Who Has Died / 18:08 Welcome back to the Daily meditation with me, Paul Harrison. Today I’m going to be discussing meditation and grief, and how to feel closer to someone you love who died.   Yes, that subject which touches us all. Loss. Bereavement. And I’d like to star...
A Note on the Use of Chairs in Zen Meditation
Monkey Mind
Zen
Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       A Note on the Use of Chairs in Zen Meditation I have been practicing Zen well past fifty years. My skin is wrinkling. My hair is a different color than it was in my yo...
The Dharma of Popular Music
Triycle
Buddhism
In 2019, I spent a breezy summer afternoon lying on the grass of a local park, nodding my head to Lana Del Rey’s just-released album. That day would turn out to be emblematic of much of my summer: wistful and pensive, yet hopeful. My most recent romantic relationship had unraveled, and the album was a soothing balm; I listened to it on repeat, dail...
Nurses Are Burnt Out. Can Mindfulness Help?
Various
Spirituality
On his first day working in an acute care unit, Philip, a nursing student completing a placement in Toronto, Canada, watched as his preceptor (a registered nurse acting as a mentor for new nurses) walked off the job. “She was so stressed she quit on the spot, leaving me without a preceptor. That showed me just how bad it was,” said Philip, who didn...
Meditation For Joy And Gladness [Podcast]
Various
Meditation
The Daily Meditation with Paul Harrison Meditation For Joy And Gladness [Podcast] / 14:42  Hi everybody, welcome back to the Daily meditation with me. Paul Harrison. Today I’m going to be doing a wonderful meditation that will make us feel so happy and so glad to be alive. You’re really gonna love it and by the end of the session it’s really gonna ...
A Simple Introduction to Zen’s Koan & Huatou
Monkey Mind
Zen
Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.     A Simple Introduction to Zen’s Koan & Huatou James Ishmael Ford It seems we all have a question. Why was I born? What is it all about? Who am I? What is this? In my ...
An American Story
Various
Spirituality
Share If you have been reading in the news lately about banned books, please know that this will probably be one of them, which would be a badge of honor. It is fiercely honest about the history of people ripped from their African homelands to work far across the Atlantic Ocean under brutal conditions with no pay. It does not hesitate to speak of t...
Create Exquisite Focus Amidst Chaos
Zen Habits
Zen
By Leo Babauta I’ve worked with lots of incredible people who want to create something — whether it’s art, a book, a business, or some impact on the world. One of the stories we often have when we want to create is that we’re too busy, pulled in too many direction, or need to clear out our lives before we can focus. Basically, the story is that eve...
Tips for the Procrastinator Practitioner
Triycle
Buddhism
Resistance to meditating is familiar to all meditators. This is one of the main obstacles to practice. Usually, it manifests most strongly when we are moving toward the cushion. Suddenly, I may realize that I have forgotten to take out the trash. It’s Thursday and the garbage must go out. I decide to do that first, and while taking out the trash, I...
Beginner’s Body Scan Meditation
Various
Spirituality
Before I taught scores of body scan meditations, I too had to learn it for the first time. And my first reaction was: no, thank you! This is what happened: The woman at the front of the room is saying that over the next eight weeks we would be “learning to reconnect to our bodies by doing a number of body scan meditations.” Huh? Reconnect with my o...
Kangaroo Valley
Various
Spirituality
Share Kangaroo Valley is located in New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the only closed valleys in the world — a landscape of rolling farmland set against stunning cliffs with a river running through it. As its name implies, it is home to thousands of Eastern grey kangaroos. This documentary directed by Kylie Scott and narrated by Sarah Snook ...
How Do I Stop Getting Lost In My Thoughts?
Empty Gate Zen
Zen
jason quinn jdpsn teaching Jan 26, 2023 Question: I find my attention drifting a lot during meditation. Recently, I’m getting lost in thoughts and dreams and losing my question, “what is this?” during practice. Are there any specific techniques to work on this other than just keep doing it? Answer: Right now, in THIS moment… how is it? That’s most ...
A Satisfying State of Happiness
Triycle
Buddhism
My body was tranquil and undisturbed, my mind concentrated and unified. —The Buddha MN 4.22 (i 21) Tranquility is both a gift of meditation practice and a support for deepening the practice. As a gift, it can be healing and confidence-producing. As a support, it provides a sense of well-being that nourishes concentration and mental harmony. Meditat...

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