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Too Busy? Here Is Your (Surprising) Antidote.

Too Busy? Here Is Your (Surprising) Antidote.

Saturday mornings when I was growing up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, I learned a life-long lesson. My habit was to sit with a box of Fruit Loops watching Fat Albert and The Jetsons. This meant that it was coming up on 11 am. My mother would eventually find me sequestered in my childish… Read More

What To Do Next (When Obstacles Seem To Block Your Way)

Working with Obstacles

Skillfully working with obstacles is a major part of establishing a solid foundation on a spiritual path, and an essential component of emotional well-being. Read More

When You Feel Like Giving Up

When You Feel Like Giving Up

If you feel like giving up, it implies that you are trying to get somewhere. But the truth is that there is no goal. And isn’t this really what makes us unhappy? Thinking that we have not reached our goals? We want happiness, success, abundance, love, recognition, and when we feel we don’t measure up against our goals, we suffer. The true prize, if there is one, is the ability to be ok with whatever arises. And this takes practice. Read More

Relax and Listen To Your Body’s Wisdom

Relax and Listen To Your Body’s Wisdom

Your body knows when a situation or an activity is aligned with your inner wisdom and it will tell you so: by becoming either relaxed and healthy or stressed and sick. When you relax and listen to your body’s wisdom your intentions are attuned to your actions and struggle vanishes. Read More

Cutting Anxiety At The Root

Cutting Anxiety At The Root

Anxiety is an emotional response to a perceived lack or expectation of things being different than they actually are. The solution is to accept things as they are right here and right now. Here’s an exercise to help you do that.
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Equanimity: The Universal Panacea

Equanimity: The Universal Panacea

Equanimity is the attitude of regarding all sentient beings as equals. It is also the practice of viewing all apparent phenomena as dreamlike and illusory. That way, we can accept whatever arises, whether or not the situation conforms to our wishes. Read More

Discovering Joy

Discovering Joy

Tell me honestly: are you happy with your life? If you can say yes, congratulations. If not, I’d like to share a story with you that highlights the third of the four immeasurables: discovering joy. (I wrote earlier about developing the previous two immeasurable qualities that you can read here: loving kindness and compassion.) The… Read More

6 Smart Ways to Deal with Anxiety

6 Smart Ways to Deal with Anxiety

I’ve struggled with anxiety much of my life. I only discovered this recently when I finally identified a label for the overwhelming feelings of fear that have consumed me whenever life takes a big turn. When one phase falls apart to make way for another, instead of accepting change as a natural part of life,… Read More

Do you Need a Teacher to Follow a Spiritual Path?

Do you Need a Teacher to Follow a Spiritual Path?

The short answer is that the teacher is inside you. But you have to listen to the right voice. It is possible to mistake confusion as your wisdom voice. The outer teacher shows you how to follow a spiritual path so that you can discover your inner guru. Read More

Applied Mindfulness: Bringing Practice to Daily Life

Applied Mindfulness

Awareness leads to recognition of the interconnected nature of every aspect of our experience. We start to see how relaxing the body and deepening the breath affects our state of mind. Eventually we start to see how every thought, word and action sends out waves that affect the subtle details of our environment and relationships. Read More

What is the Relationship Between Yoga and Meditation Practice?

What is the Relationship Between Yoga and Meditation Practice?

Essentially, yoga is about learning to master the posture of sitting meditation by preparing the system, and then guiding the mind to stillness. First you prime and purify the body using the breath and awareness, through the physical practices of yoga, then you sit still to observe what arises once the mental obscurations are no longer deceiving you about the nature of reality. Read More

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