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20 Ways Sitting In Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life

20 Ways Sitting In Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it
“Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu
For over two years I spent one out of every four weeks in silence. At the time I was living at a Zen Monastery and every month we would have a week-long silent retreat.
During this retreat we sat meditation in silence, ate in silence, worked i
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Of all the things if put my mind too, mediation maybe one of the most fulfilling. As humans we've been wired to constantly be moving, thinking, doing. As a species, our brain is wired to prevent us from being eaten by animals, but as our society has evolved, the fear and survival instinct deep within us maybe preventing us from finding deeper satisfaction in life. 

Doubt, restlessness, ill-will, sensory desires, sloth-torpor are all hindrances to meditation, When we sit, we are able to see how they show up. The more we sit and bring mindfulness into our lives, we are able to witness how they show up in our lives off of the cushion. 

 

This is a great list of a mediation practitioner who spent one week a month for two years in silence.  #practicehappynow

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Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks

Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it
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I keep meditating because of the value it adds to my life in so many ways. After reading this article I have a much better idea of why it feels so nice to sit still for a half an hour a day.  

 

The participants spent an average of 27 minutes per day practicing mindfulness exercises, and this is all it took to stimulate a major increase in gray matter density in the hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection.  McGreevey adds: “Participant-reported reductions in stress also were correlated with decreased gray-matter density in the amygdala, which is known to play an important role in anxiety and stress. None of these changes were seen in the control group, indicating that they had not resulted merely from the passage of time.”


Gonna log off the interwebs now and build some gray matter in my noggin. 

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The Pope Just Released A List of 10 Tips for Becoming a Happier Person and They Are Spot On

The Pope Just Released A List of 10 Tips for Becoming a Happier Person and They Are Spot On | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it
In a recent interview with the Argentine publication Viva, Pope Francis issued a list of 10 tips to be a happier person, based on his own life experiences. The Pope encouraged people to be more pos...
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What can I say, I love this guy!  The radical shift in thinking at the head of the Catholic Church has renewed my faith in religion to be a steward of all beings, no matter what you personally believe in. Pope Francis's dedication to restoring the Church's mission to helping the poor while reaching out to other faiths is inspiring to say the least. I've been saying that in order to solve the many problems facing our civilization we will all need to embrace a high level of consciousness. Pope Francis is certainly taking this idea to a whole new level by stripping away the dogma and focusing his teachings on simple ideas anyone can practice.

While I am a practicing Buddhist and look at the Dali Lama with an inspired awe, my admiration for the Pope only continues to grow. Take a few quick minutes to check out the Pope's own BuzzFeed-esque list on How to Become a Happier Person.  #popetastic

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Breathless | Tricycle

Breathless | Tricycle | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it
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Sooner or later, whether from panic or in our final hour, each of us will find ourselves breathless. A former neuropsychologist offers three tips for when awareness of breath becomes difficult or even impossible. Meikyo Robert Rosenbaum
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What does happiness have to do with sustainability?

What does happiness have to do with sustainability? | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it
Is Bhutan's unique perspective of happiness as a currency applicable on a larger scale? A growing number of economists say maybe.
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Two concepts near and dear to my heart, happiness and sustainability.  Here are a few interesting facts about the two and 5 really good reason you should be thinking about implimenting a sustainability strategy at your company if you are not already.

 

Studies conducted by Jessica Pryce-Jones found that “the happiest employees are:

- 180% more energized than their less-content colleagues

- 155% happier with their jobs

- 150% happier with life

- 108% more engaged and

- 50% more motivated

- Most staggeringly, they are 50% more productive too.”

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Benjamin Wallace: The price of happiness | Video on TED.com

Can happiness be bought? To find out, author Benjamin Wallace sampled the world's most expensive products, including a bottle of 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc, 8 ounces of Kobe beef and the fabled (notorious) Kopi Luwak coffee.
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"Can happiness be bought? To find out, author Benjamin Wallace sampled the world's most expensive products, including a bottle of 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc, 8 ounces of Kobe beef and the fabled (notorious) Kopi Luwak coffee. His critique may surprise you"

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Wealth, risk, and stuff

Via Anne Galloway on Twitter, I just saw Living With Less. A Lot Less, an opinion piece in the New York Times.
I run into some version of this essay by some moneybags twig-bishop about once a year,...
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Last week I posted an article by GRAHAM HILL about Living With Less, A lot less.  I appreciated his take on living with less as I think getting a handle on our consumption economy is extremely important.  I really respect Graham for the work he has done, especially with his success from Treehugger.com.  To be clear, I do not fault anyone's success and the economic freedom that comes with it. 

What I would question is flaunting this lifestyle while you spend an enourmous amount of money traveling the world kite surfing, which I know Graham loves to do.   Here is a response to Graham's article from someone from a different economic class.   Thanks for this.  

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Happy International Happiness Day

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The United Nations is marking March 20 as a day on which to highlight the links between happiness and world development. Does that make you happy, or do you think the U.N. has better things to do?
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Today is the First International Day of Happiness.  Come on people now, get together and #practicehappynow right now! 

 

If you can stop what ever you are doing right now and do nothing but breath for 5 minutes, you will be happier.  try it....

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Getting Started Guide | Lifeboat

Getting Started Guide | Lifeboat | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it
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Ten Simple and Powerful Practices of Amazing Friends....

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Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute | Enlightened Leaders Worldwide

Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute | Enlightened Leaders Worldwide | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it
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"We develop happy, effective leaders using science-backed mindfulness and emotional intelligence training."  Thanks Google for letting one of your most talented engineers move to your human resources department to follow his passion and for "doing no evil." 

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15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it
Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many th
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I think each of us has a few of these things we could give up to be happier.  Worth a read for sure.  

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Social Media Guidelines for Vajrayana Students | Tricycle

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Some Social Media Guidelines for sharing your path of mindfulness.  I like the term "Spiratual Materialism."  Take a read. 

 

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12 Big Mistakes You Made This Year

12 Big Mistakes You Made This Year | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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I loved this article.  Sometimes it just takes someone to point out the little things that go a long way to changing your pespective.  My fav - you were busy instead of productive.  This is so easy in todays world of constant information bombardment.  Take a read, if you think some of these apply to yourself, go easy on yourself, there is always next year....

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How Smiling Changes Your Brain

How Smiling Changes Your Brain | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it
Putting on a happy face doesn't just make you more likeable; it can also good for your career.
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I had a job at a large institutional investment firm a while ago, that I was not particularly fond of for many reasons, most of all it was a sterile homogenous place where many people stayed there because they were making way more money than they could anywhere else. At the time, I guess I was as well. And I remember a coworker Jim asking me "Why are you smiling all of the time? This place is miserable." I certain was not stoked on my work. My response was "yeah this place is miserable, and with a few more smiles it is at least not that bad."  

Luckily there is research behind my happy madness.  

 

Shawn Achor writes: "Happiness is a work ethic… It’s something that requires our brains to train just like an athlete has to train."


The more we train, the easier it becomes to think positively, shut out negativity, and, in turn, boost your productivity and creativity, which allows you to perform better at work and life.

 

While I am no scientist (thanks GOP) I'm gonna keep smiling and know that smiles can be contagious, and hopefully they will catch on.  

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The Now ~ Mindful Living

The Now ~ Mindful Living | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it

I sit every morning to strengthen my ability to bring mindfulness into my life. While these moments have become an favorite of my day, it is not always easy to bring mindfulness back into your day once the email, meetings, facebook, stress, family.... (the list never stops)  I asked one of my teachers for advice on how to be more mindful in each moment and he suggested to "focus on your feet and practice mindfulness with each step." While I've had some success with that, I uploaded The Now, an app which drops on me some great advice for living in the present three times a day, which a nice bell. It has been a nice reminder to focus on what matters in this moment when the world is swirling around in a sometimes hectic fashion. #practicehappynow

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Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness and Their Connection to Corporate America's Bottom Line

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There's nothing touchy-feely about increased profits. This is a tough economy, and it's going to be that way for a long time. Stress-reduction and mindfulness don't just make us happier and healthier, they're a proven competitive advantage for any business that wants one.
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Great article on how corporations are integrating mindfulness and meditation practices into wellness programs to increase productivity, creativity by reducing stress and the medical issues related to a stressed out workforce.  

 

"In fact, the health effects of meditation can be even more dramatic -- a matter of life and death. Williams points to a National Institutes of Health study that showed a 23 percent decrease in mortality, a 30 percent decrease in death due to cardiovascular problems and a big decrease in cancer mortality as well. "This effect is equivalent to discovering an entirely new class of drugs (but without the inevitable side effects)," they write."  


I've always said that Eastern Medicines have been around for a few thousand years so they must be doing something right. It is refreshing to see more progressive business leaders understanding the benefits for their employees and their bottom lines. 

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How To Be a Good Buddhist

How To Be a Good Buddhist | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it

By Pablo Das

 

Come home, finally, to yourself, Decide to stop running from difficult or uncomfortable experiences. This means you may have to experience grief, loss, fear, disappointment, terror or loneliness. Let your armor down. You can endure it... What ever it is. It's not personal.

 

Soak up what ever pleasurable experience arise with every pore and cell of your being. This moment is thoroughly unique and will never happen again. But expect that soon then you'd like, this pleasure will be replaces by a new experience. When that happens, let it go.

 

Know precisely what each experience is made of. Know each part. Here's a complete list of possible parts. Sense impressions on the eardrum, sense impressions on the retina, sense impression in the nostril, sense impression tongue, bodily touch sensation, bodily sensation of an emotional origin, internal talk, internal image and consciences. And if you're a Dharma Punk...the internal mixed tape! Knowing which of these parts is present in any given experience diminishes the allure of the experience and the tendency to make the parts into a "thing". The experience is empty, don't get involved.

 

Understand that you are not defined by any of these experiences and that none of them last. Understand that each experience arises out of the conditions that proceed it and can not exist independent of those conditions.

 

You must developed the capacity to be present for whatever arises in your experience weather you like it, dislike it, or it bores you.

 

Understand (and this is critical)...understand and accept on the deepest level that no matter what "it" is...it's never "quite right". Never.

 

Nevertheless love what is! 

Forgive everyone everything! Including yourself. 

Love indiscriminately. Starting with yourself.

 

Don't give it all away. Just most of it.

 

Speaking of giving it away...Renounce whatever hinders you from doin all of the above, understand that renunciation is not about depravation. It's about freedom.

 

But it's not like the American brand of freedom we're used to. You should not be so much concerned with the freedom to" as you are with the "freedom from". One last thing.

 

Welcome home! Now, never abandon yourself again.

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Audio Library

Audio Library | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it
Noah Levine's Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society
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In an effort to stop listening to politics and things I cannot control, I started listening to dharma talks before I turn to music in the morning.  If you have an interest in meditation, mindfulness, Buddhism, or (happiness for that matter) I have found these talks as a nice substitute for the news and craziness of the world.  The Equanimity Meditation by Noah Levine is a personal favorite.  #practicehappynow not tomorrow. 

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How Shell Is Fostering Innovation With Meditation

How Shell Is Fostering Innovation With Meditation | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it
Editor’s NoteWe’ll be profiling the four winners of Ashoka’s League Of Intrapreneurship Awards. This is the first installment.You’ve met them before. People who can walk into a room and effortlessly win the hearts and minds of everyone they meet.
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If you look across many large and small companies, some of the most succesful leaders and companies are incorporating mindfulness and meditation into business practices.  Here is a story about Shell using meditation to influence innovation within their ranks.  Now if they could just innovate away from oil...

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Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness and Their Connection to Corporate America's Bottom Line

On Tuesday I'll be guest-hosting CNBC's Squawk Box, a program that bills itself as the show that "brings Wall Street to Main Street." As well as discussing Cyprus and a possible euro-crisis
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"One of the best -- and cheapest -- ways to become healthier and happier is through mindfulness exercises like meditation." Mark Williams.

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Living With Less. A Lot Less.

Living With Less. A Lot Less. | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it
The many things I consumed ended up consuming me.
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They say once you make over $10,000 a year, more money will not make you any happier.  While I struggle with this number, I certainly believe that a life accumulating things and stuff will not make us any happier.  Here is a great story and transformation of an entrepreneur who made it and had it all and has now transformed his life into living with less.  And guess what?  He is happier now.  (proof is in the organic pudding)  Thanks Graham. 

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Pema Chodron: Life Is Glorious, and Wretched.

Pema Chodron: Life Is Glorious, and Wretched. | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it
To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest...
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Her kindness and point of view never ceases to amaze me.  I was going through a tough spell once and I sat down at my desk in a pretty down mood.   I may have prayed for something to happen, money, job, something.  I went to get into my truck and walk my dog and decided to check the mail first.  My mother had sent Pema's book, "When Things Fall Apart."  I sat in Precita Park for 3 or 4 hours reading it.  It is a gift and a moment I will probably not ever forget.  Looking back on that moment, money or a job wouldn't have helped as much as that book and I think is a strong reminder that if we continually strive for things, we will miss what is most important in life and will often prevent happiness from taking root in our lives. 

 

On a funny note, a friend was going through a rough patch in his relationship and I said "Oh you have got to read 'When Things Fall Apart' but a friend has it, let me get it for you."  So it took me sometime to get it back and before I could give it to him he came up to me and said "Dude I grabbed "Things Fall Apart' off your bookshelf and am ten chapters in and I am not sure how this is supposed to be helping me.  The guy has three wives and beats all of them."  If you are not aware, "Things Fall Apart" is from acclaimed Nigerian author Chinua Achebe about the impacts of British colonialism and Christian missionaries.  I got a pretty good laugh out of that for sure. 

 

 

 

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A Guide To Mindfulness At Work - Forbes

A Guide To Mindfulness At Work - Forbes | #practicehappynow | Scoop.it
VideoToxic emotions disrupt the workplace, and mindfulness increases your awareness of these destructive patterns, helping you recognize them before they run rampant. It’s a way of reprogramming your mind to think in healthier, less stressful, ways.
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The benefits of mindfulness training can benefit both your personal and professional life.   Here are 3 easy steps to incorporate mindfulness into your work. 

Spend at least 5 minutes each day doing nothing (this does not mean Facebook)Get in touch with your senses by noticing the temperature of your skin and background sounds around youPay attention to your walking by slowing your pace and feeling the ground against your feet
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Matthieu Ricard: The habits of happiness | Video on TED.com

TED Talks What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.
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Mattieu is recognized as one of the happiest people on the planet.  He must be onto something.   #practicehappynow

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The Angry Therapist

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I am a big fan of the angry therapist.  This article stuck with me this morning and I wanted to share it.  There are so many times we go with the stream like trout, instead of up the stream like salmon.  I don't know about you, but salmon is way cooler because they get to swim in the ocean and find their way all the way back to the same exact spot to where they were born to lay their eggs.  (Also way yummier)  

 

To sum this up in a few words, live your authentic self.  Speak your mind, but do it with respect.  People will love you for it. You will love yourself for it. 

 

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  On being you.

Everyday you wake up, you have a choice. You can be different versions of yourself, depending on who’s in the room. And you will be liked more. You will make more friends. You will have less anxiety in your life. Or you can make an effort to be truly you. And you will probably be liked less. You will make less friends. And you will carry more anxiety. So then why would anyone want to be a truthful version of themselves?

 

If you are not consistently you, the friends you make will only be surface friends. Since you are choosing what you show them, the relationship will be based on a veneer, a projection, your idea of what you believe they will like. This is called advertising. You may know more people but the quality of those relationships will be mediocre at best. Instead of a person, you will be a billboard. Instead of relationships, you will have arrangements.

 

Anxiety, yes you may have less. But this is temporary. Eventually, you will have more. A lot more. It takes more energy to be someone you’re not. It takes more strategy, more thought, more game plan. Behind any intent, there is expectation. You are hoping, wishing, and seeking. And if you don’t get the validation and approval you hoped for, you will internalize. You will judge yourself, causing your anxiety to skyrocket.

 

But here’s the main difference.

Prism vs stone.

Snowflake vs snowball.

Life vs death.

 

Who you were meant to be, the people you were meant to effect, the ripple you were meant to send in this world, diminishes when you chose to run away instead of toward yourself.

 

This isn’t about you. It’s greater than you. It’s about your design. Every time you are not yourself due to fear of what others may think, you are fucking with your design.

 

Remember that.

You have a purpose.

Don’t waste it because you don’t want someone to not like you.

 

- Angry

 theangrytherapist.com

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