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Category Archives: Training the Mind

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

Some Tools To Help You Set Intentions For The New Year

Some Tools To Help You Set Intentions For The New Year

It’s so easy to grasp at what we think will make us happy. When you finally realize that nothing outside is going to satisfy your deepest desires for happiness, you can let go. So listen up: stop looking outside for happiness! You know this. Now believe it and live it! 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

Relaxing Into Uncertainty

Relaxing Into Uncertainty

Whether you call it beginner’s mind, or not knowing, or relaxing into uncertainty, the quality of mind that arises when you let go of the struggle to control outcomes is the quality of mind that doesn’t need to control outcomes. 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

Developing Compassion

Developing Compassion

Compassion, the second of the 4 immeasurables, is the wish for all sentient beings to be free from suffering. This simple practice is the foundation of the spiritual path. Read More

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