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Simplicity Begins in Us | Becoming Minimalist

Simplicity Begins in Us | Becoming Minimalist | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"Our relationship with ourself is the most important relationship in our life. There has never been a moment when you weren’t with you in the past and there will never be a moment when you won’t be with you in the future. We are with ourselves every moment of every day.


For some, this is a terrifying concept. They don’t like themselves and constantly wish they were someone or something different. Jealousy, envy, and discontent are common themes in their lives. And for them, simplicity is difficult to attain."

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Close the Gap

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Someone asked me, “How can I really be responsible for my life?” I asked her, “Do you know who you are?” Not knowing, how can you be responsible for your life? The problem i...

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Someone asked me, “How can I really be responsible for my life?” I asked her, “Do you know who you are?” Not knowing, how can you be responsible for your life? The problem is that what our life actually is and our so-called intellectual understanding of what it is are often two different things. Most of the time we are deceiving ourselves, whether we know it or not. Please be careful about this. Shakyamuni Buddha himself said, “Be a torch for your life.” In other words, depend on yourself and be responsible for yourself, not as what you think you are but rather you as the dharma. This is very important. You cannot depend on your complaints, on your greed, anger, and ignorance.

So close the gap between Yourself and yourself. Carry this wisdom into your daily life and let your life continue in this way. When you close the gap, that is the best way to take care of your family, of your community, of your life. Then your life becomes delightful, not only for yourself but for the people around you as well.

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5 Reasons To Start Practicing Mindfulness Right Now

5 Reasons To Start Practicing Mindfulness Right Now | Zenatude | Scoop.it
What is mindfulness? And do you know the benefits it can bestow upon you? Here are 5 reasons why you should start practicing mindfulness right now.
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This is the True Ride, by Jennifer Welwood | Awakin.org

This is the True Ride, by Jennifer Welwood | Awakin.org | Zenatude | Scoop.it
My friends, lets grow up.
Lets stop pretending we dont know the deal here.
Or if we truly havent noticed, lets wake up and notice.

Look: Everything that can be lost, will be lost.
Its simple how could we have missed it for so long?

Lets grieve our losses fully, like ripe human beings,
But please, lets not be so shocked by them.
Lets not act so betrayed,
As though life had broken her secret promise to us.
Impermanence is lifes only promise to us,
And she keeps it with ruthless impeccability.
To a child she seems cruel, but she is only wild,
And her compassion exquisitely precise:
Brilliantly penetrating, luminous with truth,
She strips away the unreal to show us the real.

This is the true ride lets give ourselves to it!
Lets stop making deals for a safe passage:
There isnt one anyway, and the cost is too high.

We are not children anymore.
The true human adult gives everything for what cannot be lost.
Lets dance the wild dance of no hope!
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When You Don't Choose Love You Choose Fear, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler | Awakin.org

When You Don't Choose Love You Choose Fear, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler | Awakin.org | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"If we could literally reach into you and remove all your fears – every one of them – how different would your life be? Think about it. If nothing stopped you from following your dreams, your life would probably be very different. This is what the dying learn. Dying makes our worst fears come forward to be faced directly. It helps us see the different life that is possible, and in that vision, takes the rest of our fears away.

Unfortunately, by the time the fear is gone most of us are too sick or too old to do those things we would have done before, had we not been afraid. […] Thus, one lesson becomes clear: we must transcend our fears while we can still do those things we dream of."

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How To Be Still In Meditation & Why It Will Change Your World

How To Be Still In Meditation & Why It Will Change Your World | Zenatude | Scoop.it

As a long-time meditator, I’ve learned that stillness is not just an external posture. Well, it’s that too. But there is a deeper dimension to stillness. Knowing how to access that stillness through meditation can turn impatience on its head. Here are 4 simple tips for how to be still when you meditate and 5 key lessons I’ve learned about the life-changing power of stillness.

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Why You Are Struggling in Meditation & 10 Steps to Turn it Around - About Meditation

Why You Are Struggling in Meditation & 10 Steps to Turn it Around - About Meditation | Zenatude | Scoop.it
Are you struggling in meditation? This 10 step guide will help you identify some some of the roadblocks and give you tips to turn it around.
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One Meditation Mistake You Should Never Make - About Meditation

One Meditation Mistake You Should Never Make - About Meditation | Zenatude | Scoop.it
There is one meditation mistake you should never make. If you follow this one simple tip, you will make great strides in your practice.
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10 Wise Lessons: What I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger

10 Wise Lessons: What I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger | Zenatude | Scoop.it
If we only knew then what we knew now; here are 10 wise lessons that would have been good to know when younger.

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The Simple Trick to Achieving Your Goals

The Simple Trick to Achieving Your Goals | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"If you’re anything like the typical human, then you have dreams and goals in your life. In fact, there are probably many things — large and small — that you would like to accomplish. But there is one common mistake we often make when it comes to setting goals. (I know I’ve committed this error many times myself.)


The problem is this: we set a deadline, but not a schedule.


Instead of giving yourself a deadline to accomplish a particular goal and then feeling like a failure if you don’t achieve it, you should choose a goal that is important to you and then set a schedule to work towards it consistently. That might not sound like a big shift, but it is."

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How Practicing Empathy Makes You A Better Person

How Practicing Empathy Makes You A Better Person | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"While we all seem to mostly focus on education and skills that will aggressively help us get materialistic satisfactions, we’ve started to forget the importance of just being a kind and happy person. 


Empathy is the most important skill you can practice. It will lead to greater success personally and professionally and will allow you to become happier the more you practice."

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Openness to Experience and Creative Achievement

Openness to Experience and Creative Achievement | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"Openness to experience – the drive for cognitive exploration of inner and outer experience – is the personality trait most consistently associated with creativity.


But there are many different forms of cognitive exploration.


Just to name a few, openness to experience comprises intellectual curiosity, complex problem solving and reasoning, imagination, artistic and aesthetic interests, and emotional and fantasy richness.


Recent research suggests that the various forms of engagement that comprise openness to experience can be broken down into two main aspects:

  •  Intellect: cognitive engagement with abstract and semantic information primarily through reasoning.
  • Openness: cognitive engagement with sensory and perceptual information.


But can we break down openness to experience even further, and are the distinctions useful for our understanding of creative achievement?


I think so."



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David Ednie's curator insight, February 3, 5:22 PM

Openness to experience is a better predictor of creativity than Intellect. I am I surprised? No! Think entrepreneurs - if you equate creativity in business to creativity in the arts. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 3, 8:03 PM

We are not different people. We are one unifed entity which includes the creative, intellectual, spiritual, physical, and affective. When we look at great thinkers, we often see a holistic, integrated person.

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10 Secret Benefits of Meditation with Others - About Meditation

10 Secret Benefits of Meditation with Others - About Meditation | Zenatude | Scoop.it
The benefits of meditation with other people are numerous--from expanded states of awareness to deeper intimacy and improving your self-confidence.
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David Hain's curator insight, February 2, 4:43 AM

The evidence for this form of healing is growing daily!

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How to Let Your Purpose Find You

How to Let Your Purpose Find You | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"Here’s a question. Why are you (really) here?


Aloha: If there’s a single lament-slash-question I get most often — and most pointedly — lately, it goes something like this: “Listen, Deepak Kafka. I’ve read your stuff about living a meaningful life; I’ve followed your advice; I’ve even spent long evenings at dive bars, just like you recommend.


But what the blazes do I do with mine? I’ve searched high and low, looked far wide, listened long and loud, but I still can’t find anything even vaguely resembling my purpose.”

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What to Do When Life Isn't Fair

What to Do When Life Isn't Fair | Zenatude | Scoop.it
There are two types of unfairness. Learning to tell the differences is important


"... fairness is a choice and, as such, it is something oer which you hae direct personal control ..."

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The Delusional Fantasies We Live With Each Day : zenhabits

‘Most human beings spend 50 to 90 percent or more of their time in their imagination, living in fantasy.’ ~Charlotte Joko Beck


"We fail at creating new habits because of fantasies.

We procrastinate because of fantasies.

We get frustrated with other people, with ourselves, because of fantasies.

We miss out on the wonder of the world because of fantasies.

We — all of us — live our lives in delusion most of the time. That might not seem true ..."


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24 Questions That Awaken The Real You

24 Questions That Awaken The Real You | Zenatude | Scoop.it

24 questions that will take people to places they've never dared go before (but secretly want to). It's time to awaken the real you.


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The Remarkable Power of Being Your True Self

The Remarkable Power of Being Your True Self | Zenatude | Scoop.it
To fully succeed you have to live life on your own terms. To do that you must first discover your real self, and then act accordingly. Here's how.
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The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment

The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment | Zenatude | Scoop.it
We live in the age of distraction. Yet one of life's sharpest paradoxes is that your brightest future hinges on your ability to pay attention to the present.

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, December 23, 2013 8:52 PM

This article reminds us that we we have is right now and that's what we should embrace, and enjoy. The best we can.

 

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You’re Not Worse Than Other People

By Leo Babauta
I was talking to a loved one yesterday about her fears, and several times made the comment, “Everyone has these fears. Everyone.”
And this is true. The fears and problems you have are not unique to you.
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WATCH: Meet The Harvard-Educated Monk Who's Bringing Ancient Wisdom To YouTube

WATCH: Meet The Harvard-Educated Monk Who's Bringing Ancient Wisdom To YouTube | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"Hwansan Sunim is anything but your typical Harvard grad. After college, he earned a post-graduate degree in psychology at NYU, and then rerouted his life to South Korea, where he became a Buddhist monk and spent 25 years in a monastery studying the principles of Seon Buddhism.


A disciple of Korean Seon Master Songdam -- the most respected Buddhist Zen master in Korea -- Sunim has devoted his life to the Seon way. And despite his traditional lifestyle, Sunim -- or Ted Park, as he is known in English -- is anything but out of touch with the modern world: he now shares the teachings of Seon Buddhism with a global audience via his YouTube channel, “Hwansan Sunim: Son Meditation for the Modern World.”

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The 3 Do-What-You-Love Conundrums : zenhabits

"I make a living doing what I love, and I recommend it to my kids.

Doing what you love for a living is fantastic.

However, it comes with three conundrums:

  1. Will earning money for what you love make you stop loving it?
  2. Can everyone do what they love?
  3. What about stuff you don’t love but have to do?

Those are excellent questions, and numerous people have asked me variations on all of them."

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The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” | Mindful

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” | Mindful | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"The past few years have been marked by two major trends in the science of a meaningful life.


One is that researchers continued to add sophistication and depth to our understanding of positive feelings and behaviors. Happiness is good for you, but not all the time; empathy ties us together, and can overwhelm you; humans are born with an innate sense of fairness and morality, that changes in response to context. This has been especially true of the study of mindfulness and attention, which is producing more and more potentially life-changing discoveries.


The other factor involves intellectual diversity. The turn from the study of human dysfunction to human strengths and virtues may have started in psychology, with the positive psychology movement, but that perspective spread to adjacent disciplines like neuroscience and criminology, and from there to fields like sociology, economics, and medicine. Across all these fields, we’re seeing more and more support for the idea that empathy, compassion, and happiness are more than you-have-it-or-not capacities, but skills that can be cultivated by individuals and by groups of people through deliberate decisions.


Here are 10 scientific insights published in peer-reviewed journals from the past year that we anticipate will be cited in scientific studies, help shift public debate, and change individual behavior in the year to come."


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Tom Wojick's curator insight, February 7, 11:01 AM

Happiness is fleeting. Just ask any stock broker after they get their bonus. A few weeks done the road the glow is gone and now its about how can I get an even bigger bonus. Meaning and resiliency are interwoven and have permanence.

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Mindfulness Techniques: 5 Reasons You Should Try Mindful Exercise - About Meditation

Mindfulness Techniques: 5 Reasons You Should Try Mindful Exercise - About Meditation | Zenatude | Scoop.it

 "I have two anchors for my soul and sanity each day, and they are meditation and exercise.


Every morning before I go to work I turn down the noise in my head on the meditation cushion and tune up my body at the gym. Until recently, I never thought much about the relationship between these two practices, but now that’s changing.


As mindfulness enters the mainstream, there are new approaches to meditation coming into view. One popular method is called moving meditation or mindful exercise. That is, the notion that you can bring meditative awareness to your active life—mindfully walking, running, and even hitting the treadmill."

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How to Build a Happier Brain

How to Build a Happier Brain | Zenatude | Scoop.it
A neuropsychological approach to happiness, by meeting core needs (safety, satisfaction, and connection) and training neurons to overcome a negativity bias
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Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy | Talk Video | TED

Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy | Talk Video | TED | Zenatude | Scoop.it
Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she's learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.
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