What is meditation?
Listen to Mingyur Rinpoche give an inspiring, easy-to-understand explanation of the practice.
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“The Grammys may have been 2 weeks ago, but these animals are already putting their game faces on for next year. Hold on to your seat, Adele.” – Gierde
Passing along these helpful tips on managing stress. Enjoy 🙂
A couple of my favorite movies of 2016 are on the list – Arrival and Captain America: Civil War, but where’s Creed? (See link below.)
What was your favorite movie of 2016?
“From a sweetly nostalgic musical to one seriously thought-provoking sci-fi film.” – USA Today
Whatever your spiritual / philosophical beliefs, you can discover priceless nuggets of life-changing wisdom in Buddhist teachings.
Thanks to Neurodivergent Rebel for the thought-provoking post 🙂
Everything comes into being and then dissolves.
Whenever you encounter suffering in your life you don’t have to worry because nothing lasts forever. This suffering is not permanent. Facing your fears becomes easier because you begin to realize that fear too is temporary.
Every pain and discomfort becomes much less of an obstacle because you realize your time of suffering is limited.
You learn to be grateful for the little things because you look at them as if they are already over. Like a shiny new teacup that is already broken. Each joy in life, no matter how small, is a blessing.
When we waste our time longing for tomorrow we miss the beauty that could have been found in today.
Life’s fleeting moments, the little pleasures, a sunrise, a friendly dog begging for a belly rub, colorful fall leaves, and the smell of fresh spring flowers, become more valuable.
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One of the blogs I return to on a regular basis is Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits, which has been dispensing wonderful advice for several years.
All valuable skills take time to develop.
In a recent post, Leo reminds us that being mindful is a practice – that is, it’s like any other skill – it takes time to develop.
Check out a snippet from Leo’s post, and for the full wealth of helpful tips see the link below 🙂
“A Small Regular Practice. Form the simple habit of meditating for just two minutes a day (to start with). After you wake up, simply sit comfortably and try to focus on your breath for two minutes. When (not if) your mind wanders, just notice it and label it “thinking.” And gently return to the breath, without harshness. Set a timer, and when the timer goes off, you’re done! If you feel like expanding it by a minute every week or so, feel free to do so, but you don’t have to expand. The benefit of this regular practice is that you learn skills you can take and practice in other parts of your day.” – Leo Babauta
Thanks to Bored Panda 🙂
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It’s a bit of wisdom sages and spiritual teachers have handed down for millenia, and it’s as true now as it ever was –
A mind of gratitude is essential to becoming an evolved, thoughtful and spiritually awakened human being.
Sometimes, I struggle with carrying out this timeless advice, but I’m developing the habit of silently expressing thanks for another day and the opportunity to improve.
Here’s a little tip I found helpful – write an affirmation on a slip of paper that you can glance at several times a day to remind yourself to be grateful for being alive.
Try this phrase or make one up yourself –
Thank you for this day and for the opportunity to help others.
What piece of spiritual advice has helped you grow as a person?