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Evan William as Eddy Robinson, Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, and Xavier Samuel as Cass Chaplain

Share Marilyn Monroe has been called “the most beautiful woman in the world.” We have gained some insights into her life and career through her own films (Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer blonds, The Seven Year Itch, and more than 25 others) as well as books and films about her. Blonde is based on Joyce Carol Oates’s 1999 fictional work about her life. Writer and director Andrew Dominik has created a nearly three-hour movie covering her birth, childhood, modeling career, and film stardom, all the way through her assumed suicide at the age of ...

World Mental Health Day: 5 Guided Meditations to Help You When The World Feels Heavy

If you’re experiencing what feels like a storm of painful, unnerving, or overwhelming emotions these days, you’re not alone. Each of us, no matter where we are, is navigating the landscape of  challenges that face our world right now—from personal losses, to conflicts within families and communities, to the devastation of wars and the climate emergency. It’s completely understandable to feel unprepared for all that we face.  With a little practice, we can soothe ourselves and maybe even find the wisdom in our emotional roller-coaster. But the t...

Night on the Sand

Share According to the U.N. Refugee Agency, "Over half of the world's refugees are children. Many will spend their entire childhoods away from home, sometimes separated from their families." At the end of 2021, an estimated 36.5 million children were displaced from their homes. The scale of this crisis is hard for any of us, even adults, to comprehend. But what a young reader can understand is the experience of a couple of brothers newly displaced and trying to find their way — the focus of Night on the Sand. Wisely leaving the precipitating ev...

How We Live Is How We Die

Share “When we are dying, uncertainty, vulnerability, and insecurity can intensify, and we have the choice to desperately hold on or to let go into the freshness that comes with the dissolution. A completely open space becomes available to us if we don’t panic but let go — or if we panic, relax with that. This can be a time of full awakening, and it mainly depends on our ease or unease with groundlessness. Even just a moment of relaxation as we die will serve as well. “In the bardo of dharmata, we might experience fear of being drawn into a big...

How We Live Is How We Die

Share You may have heard that certain religious traditions teach the value of contemplating your death. This can sound odd if you haven’t experienced such practices before. Well, this book is dedicated to that topic in Tibetan Buddhism. The author is Pema Chodron, one of our Living Spiritual Teachers and one of the most important wisdom teachers alive today. She recently turned 86 years old and is still resident at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia. Her book is prefaced with this statement from Bhutanese lore: “Contemplating death five times a day bri...

What Does It All Mean?

What makes life feel meaningful? It’s a question that scholars and philosophers have been contemplating for millennia, and one that science has attempted to study through research. If you take a moment to reflect on how you would answer that question, you might think about the most important people in your life, the work you do, your hobbies and faith, or the place you come from. If you’ve lived through a traumatic experience, you may recall the things that inspired hope and resiliency and helped you to heal. In all aspects of meaning in life (...

Soul Story

Share Start by gently following the pathway of your in-breath, and then your out-breath. Notice how much your breath can teach you about how to balance inner and outer. Continue gently following your breath until your mind becomes calm and receptive. Then read the meditation several times, letting the words enter your consciousness. If you follow this time of focusing on the meditation with a period of stillness, the words will settle in you at a deeper level. Sometimes you may want to return to [the] meditation several times during the day, or...

Discipline for Self-Renewal

Share Start by gently following the pathway of your in-breath, and then your out-breath. Notice how much your breath can teach you about how to balance inner and outer. Continue gently following your breath until your mind becomes calm and receptive. Then read the meditation several times, letting the words enter your consciousness. If you follow this time of focusing on the meditation with a period of stillness, the words will settle in you at a deeper level. Sometimes you may want to return to [the] meditation several times during the day, or...

Inside Outside

Share Start by gently following the pathway of your in-breath, and then your out-breath. Notice how much your breath can teach you about how to balance inner and outer. Continue gently following your breath until your mind becomes calm and receptive. Then read the meditation several times, letting the words enter your consciousness. If you follow this time of focusing on the meditation with a period of stillness, the words will settle in you at a deeper level. Sometimes you may want to return to [the] meditation several times during the day, or...

Eco-Compassion

Share Start by gently following the pathway of your in-breath, and then your out-breath. Notice how much your breath can teach you about how to balance inner and outer. Continue gently following your breath until your mind becomes calm and receptive. Then read the meditation several times, letting the words enter your consciousness. If you follow this time of focusing on the meditation with a period of stillness, the words will settle in you at a deeper level. Sometimes you may want to return to [the] meditation several times during the day, or...

A Still Lake

Share Start by gently following the pathway of your in-breath, and then your out-breath. Notice how much your breath can teach you about how to balance inner and outer. Continue gently following your breath until your mind becomes calm and receptive. Then read the meditation several times, letting the words enter your consciousness. If you follow this time of focusing on the meditation with a period of stillness, the words will settle in you at a deeper level. Sometimes you may want to return to [the] meditation several times during the day, or...

Buddhism and Lust

teaching Oct 06, 2022 Student: What’s wrong with lust? Zen Master Bon Soeng: It takes you away from your true nature. Student: Isn’t it a natural feeling? ZMBS: Is it? How do we know what’s natural? We think we have an idea of naturalness, but we don’t know naturalness. Maybe we’ve been doing it for so long that we think it’s natural, but we don’t know. Lust is an intense desire. Student: Sexual desire, right? ZMBS: You think of it as sexual desire, but it doesn’t have to be sexual. If you listen to the way I said the precept, the precept isn’t...

On Repentance and Repair

Share “In Hebrew, two different words, each with its own shade of meaning and weight, are used in the context of forgiveness. The first is mechila, which might be better translated as 'pardon.' It has the connotation of relinquishing a claim against an offender; it’s transactional. It’s not a warm, fuzzy embrace but rather the victim’s acknowledgment that the perpetrator no longer owes them, that they have done the repair work necessary to settle the situation. You stole from me? OK, you acknowledged that you did so in a self-aware way, you’re ...

On Repentance and Repair

Share Danya Ruttenberg is a rabbi and spiritual teacher with the ability to speak to a broad audience on matters of the utmost importance. In the language of our alphabet of spiritual literacy here at S&P, what’s essential to Ruttenberg is how spiritual practices combine. She wants to make clear, there is no real forgiveness without listening and justice — and justice involves repair. Ruttenberg writes, “There should never be pressure on victims to forgive. Ever.” For forgiveness to be real, it must represent meaningful repair and change. V...

Anchoring Like a Tree

Share Start by gently following the pathway of your in-breath, and then your out-breath. Notice how much your breath can teach you about how to balance inner and outer. Continue gently following your breath until your mind becomes calm and receptive. Then read the meditation several times, letting the words enter your consciousness. If you follow this time of focusing on the meditation with a period of stillness, the words will settle in you at a deeper level. Sometimes you may want to return to [the] meditation several times during the day, or...

Light and Shadow

Share Start by gently following the pathway of your in-breath, and then your out-breath. Notice how much your breath can teach you about how to balance inner and outer. Continue gently following your breath until your mind becomes calm and receptive. Then read the meditation several times, letting the words enter your consciousness. If you follow this time of focusing on the meditation with a period of stillness, the words will settle in you at a deeper level. Sometimes you may want to return to [the] meditation several times during the day, or...

Making Room

Share Start by gently following the pathway of your in-breath, and then your out-breath. Notice how much your breath can teach you about how to balance inner and outer. Continue gently following your breath until your mind becomes calm and receptive. Then read the meditation several times, letting the words enter your consciousness. If you follow this time of focusing on the meditation with a period of stillness, the words will settle in you at a deeper level. Sometimes you may want to return to [the] meditation several times during the day, or...

Busyness

Share Start by gently following the pathway of your in-breath, and then your out-breath. Notice how much your breath can teach you about how to balance inner and outer. Continue gently following your breath until your mind becomes calm and receptive. Then read the meditation several times, letting the words enter your consciousness. If you follow this time of focusing on the meditation with a period of stillness, the words will settle in you at a deeper level. Sometimes you may want to return to [the] meditation several times during the day, or...

The Universality of Suffering

Share Start by gently following the pathway of your in-breath, and then your out-breath. Notice how much your breath can teach you about how to balance inner and outer. Continue gently following your breath until your mind becomes calm and receptive. Then read the meditation several times, letting the words enter your consciousness. If you follow this time of focusing on the meditation with a period of stillness, the words will settle in you at a deeper level. Sometimes you may want to return to [the] meditation several times during the day, or...

7 Ways to Prime Your Mind for Success

What might happen if you understood “success” as an inside job? Deepen your equanimity and discernment with these seven tips. The post 7 Ways to Prime Your Mind for Success appeared first on Mindful.

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