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Skillful Versus Unskillful Thinking

Skillful Versus Unskillful Thinking | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it
For the past two months, I’ve had a lot of time to think, perhaps too much time. At any rate, thinking is natural to us all, and sometimes the way people write about it, you could get the impression that thinking is wrong in Buddhism.

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How to Do a Reflection and Intention Process for the New Year

How to Do a Reflection and Intention Process for the New Year | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

"Your goals will be much more powerful if you back yourself up one step and connect with your deepest intentions. Here's a guide to doing a reflection and intention process that will launch you into the new year with awareness and inspiration!"

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Then allow yourself lots of time to reflect and write on the following questions:  

 

1) What am I celebrating? What am I grateful for? What has been wonderful and magical about this past year?  

2) What is one aspect about myself that I have especially loved this year? What am I proud of?  

3) What would I have done differently this year?  

4) What do I want to let go of?  

5) What do I want to call in for the new year?"

 

A reflective approach for the new year ahead.


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20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life

20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it
I've grown to appreciate silence. It's become my friend and my teacher. Here are 20 ways sitting in silence can completely transform your life.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, December 13, 2013 10:20 PM


Sit in silence once a week and feel the truth in your heart.

—Samuel Gentoku McCree


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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, December 16, 2013 10:36 AM

This is a good reminder to slow down and be silent even for just a few minutes every day. It sure reduces stress in my life, especially at this HO HO HO time of year.

Michael Wiener's curator insight, December 17, 2013 9:30 PM

Instead of watching or doing non-sense things, doing this can have significant positive impact on life.

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Importance of Knowing Yourself to Discover a Greater Potential | Mind Satori

Importance of Knowing Yourself to Discover a Greater Potential | Mind Satori | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it
Self-realization is among the most important of all the kinds of knowledge that we must seek.

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the daily zen: 7 Tips for Finding Your 'Calling'

"The idea of the 'calling' is cliched and abstracted by now, but it still exists.  Many of us do indeed have a true purpose in life, and to put at least a little bit of effort towards discovering it is one of the most worthwhile things we can do for ourselves in the long-run.  These are just a few tips..."


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We Each Walk Our Own Path

We Each Walk Our Own Path | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

"If life is a journey, I believe each of us must honor the sacred integrity of our own path.

 

But how exactly?

 

How, for example, do we discern and distinguish our own path from others’? How do we hear our own voice above the noise and courageously honor our own callings in the face of resistance from others?"


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The Dalai Lama's Nose

The Dalai Lama's Nose | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it
For years, I'd always wondered: if I met a master of Buddhism, what might I say? How might I act? I'd never contemplated that my chihuahua might be present. Or that the master might be His Holiness himself -- the Dalai Lama.

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Bup Woon Sunim's curator insight, July 14, 2013 2:12 PM

How do you act when you meet a master? You be yourself, that is all that is required.

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Ajahn Chah – Wisdom & Happiness

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'When we stop clinging, we can begin to be happy.' ~ Ajahn Chah (If you have time to breathe, you have time to meditate.
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» Mindful Eating: Counting Experiential Calories - 360 Degrees of Mindful Living

» Mindful Eating: Counting Experiential Calories - 360 Degrees of Mindful Living | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

"Conscious eating isn’t just about being calorie-conscious.  Conscious eating is about being conscious.  It’s about counting moments, not just calories. So, put aside this tedious business of counting nutritional calories for a moment and ask yourself: What else am I getting out of this eating moment? How is my mind being enriched?"


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It is never too late

It is never too late | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, July 10, 2013 9:19 AM

It doesn't matter how young or old you are.  The key to waking up each day and loving what you do starts with getting to know who you are and what makes you tick.

 

It baffles me that most of us spend more time on doing our hair, and deciding what we want to eat than on what we want to do with our lives.

 

It is never too late to be who you might have been.  I am so proud of my two brothers.  One who years ago decided he was going to leave one career to make a difference in students' lives by teaching.  My other brother just decided to leave his fancy career to chase after his passion, and finish his law degree.

 

So today I challenge everyone to answer this:

 

If time and money was not an obstacle one day I would.....____.

 

Fill in the blanks, and then live your life.

 

Make it a great day!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 7, 2013 2:32 PM

The quote is important.

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» Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life :zenhabits

» Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life :zenhabits | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

"A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you.

 

It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value.


However, getting to simplicity isn’t always a simple process. It’s a journey, not a destination, and it can often be a journey of two steps forward, and one backward.

 

If you’re interested in simplifying your life, this is a great starter’s guide (if you’re not interested, move on)."


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Simplicity When Your Spouse Doesn’t Get It | Becoming Minimalist

Simplicity When Your Spouse Doesn’t Get It | Becoming Minimalist | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it
Can I simplify my lifestyle if my spouse or family doesn’t want to? How do I pursue a simpler life when my family won’t help?

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A GUIDE TO ETHICAL AND MENTAL DEVELOPMENT - The Eightfold Path

A GUIDE TO ETHICAL AND MENTAL DEVELOPMENT - The Eightfold Path | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

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Cultivating a Relationship with Yourself

Cultivating a Relationship with Yourself | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

It takes courage to leave behind the projections, prognoses and prophecies of other people and blaze your own trail! Cultivating an authentic relationship with yourself requires mindfulness and compassion.


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Tune In to Tune Up: A Mindful Approach to Clearing Stress

Tune In to Tune Up: A Mindful Approach to Clearing Stress | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

"Move closer, lean in, get curious; even for a moment, experience the feelings without labels, beyond being good or bad. Welcome them. Invite them. Do anything that helps melt the resistance." -- Pema Chödrön

 

Awareness. It changes everything. Responding from a place from awareness changes everything.


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The BioSync Team's curator insight, November 15, 2013 12:46 PM

Move past the stories, check in with yourself and answer authentically the next time someone asks "how are you doing".


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How to start (and keep) your mindfulness practice going

How to start (and keep) your mindfulness practice going | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it
Start (and keep) your mindfulness practice going Mindfulness is everywhere in the news these days.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, January 8, 2014 10:31 PM


What ever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
— Napoleon Hill



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15 Meditation Books For Beginners

15 Meditation Books For Beginners | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

Meditation is everywhere. From the baby room to the board room, everyone recommends meditation to help focus, calm, and restore the mind, body and spirit.


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the daily zen: 8 Reasons to Start Meditating

the daily zen: 8 Reasons to Start Meditating | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

"Meditation was a secret to much of the Western world for thousands of years.  For a long time, it was something only monks and other devout religious practitioners did.  Today, it's everywhere.  Meditation has many more benefits than I've listed here, but included here are some foundational reasons why it's an important practice and one that can help you everyday. "


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BG 288: Mindfulness is More Than Just Paying Attention - Buddhist Geeks

BG 288: Mindfulness is More Than Just Paying Attention - Buddhist Geeks | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

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The path of mindfulness is the path of no preferences

The path of mindfulness is the path of no preferences | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it
Mindfulness has no preferences.

.. after that I contemplated my attitude; I contemplated my greed for peace. And I did not seek tranquillity any more.
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Five Reasons to Ignore the Advice to Do What You Love

Five Reasons to Ignore the Advice to Do What You Love | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

"Admit it. You live in a society that reveres the perspectives of Joseph Campbell and Steve Jobs.  You’ve been told that, if you do what you love, the money will follow.


You’ve been told that, if you find your bliss, world-changing success will magically come.  You’ve been told that, if you’re not changing the world in dramatic ways, it’s because you’re too afraid to find your passion and follow it. There are five reasons to end your personal guilt trip."


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This is my symphony

This is my symphony | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

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Karin Sebelin's curator insight, February 15, 10:25 PM

To live content with small means
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich
to listen to stars and birds,
babes and sages, with open heart
to study hard,
to think quietly,
act frankly,
talk gently,
await occasions, hurry never
in a word, to let the spiritual
unbidden and unconscious
grow up through the common
- this is my symphony.


~ William Ellery Channing

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The abundance of slowness | Metagramme

The abundance of slowness | Metagramme | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

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Sheree Martin's curator insight, February 8, 2013 8:52 PM

Balance, adequate rest and recreation and taking one thing at a time are among the fundamental principles of a happy life.

Daphne Consigliere's curator insight, February 9, 2013 9:41 AM

Go dark, with no fear. Turn off you phone. Try it for a week, the world will not fall appart and you will still have a job. And you will have a life.

Daphne Consigliere's comment, February 12, 2013 4:20 PM
Also, we can say yes, but it will be ready for X date, which is when we will have the time for it. There are only 2 anwers to that: ok, we will wait, or the business will pass to someone else. Both are ok.
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Life without stuff: choosing a minimalist lifestyle | [Witty Title Here]

Life without stuff: choosing a minimalist lifestyle | [Witty Title Here] | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

"As someone who loves lots of clothes, books, and art (and regularly paring down those collections), I’m fascinated by today’s guest blogger Ashley Riordan’s minimalist lifestyle. Here, she explains why she made the decision to get rid of her unwanted stuff and how it has helped her live a more fulfilling life. "


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A Mindful Difference: Respond vs React - Thin Difference

A Mindful Difference: Respond vs React - Thin Difference | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it
Being mindful in our responses ensures integrity in our interactions. Absence of mindfulness will raise the likelihood of emotional reactions.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 10, 2013 10:52 AM

Thanks to Jon Mertz for this excellent article.

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Happiness is a Choice

Happiness is a Choice | Zen and Simplicity in Everyday Life | Scoop.it

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David Hain's curator insight, March 20, 2013 1:41 AM

"Your happiness in life is dependent upon the two things you have complete control of in your life, your attitude and response to situations."

 

Short and well argued contribution to self determination.