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The Simple Joy of One | Becoming Minimalist

The Simple Joy of One | Becoming Minimalist | Zenatude | Scoop.it
The simple joy of owning one has too quickly been forgotten. And it is time we remember its simple beauty.
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Be Nobody, by Lama Marut | Awakin.org

Be Nobody, by Lama Marut | Awakin.org | Zenatude | Scoop.it

Consider this: We all know that it is in those moments when we completely lose ourselves — engrossed in a good book or movie, engaged in an all-consuming task or hobby, or immersed in our child's or lover's gaze — that we are truly happy. These experiences point to something extremely important: Our greatest joy comes when we vacate ourselves and give ourselves over to something or someone else. It is when we manage to 'stand outside of ourselves' (exstasis) that we experience ecstasy.

"True and deeply felt self-esteem comes not through the exhausting quest for more and more ego inflation. It comes only when the ego and its endless demands are quieted and quenched, when the lower self is emptied and the fullness and plentitude of the Higher Self arise.

"It is only when we stop narrating the play-by-play of our lives and actually start living in an unmediated and direct way that we become really present and fully engaged. It is only when that little voice inside our head finally shuts up that we become wholly assimilated with what's actually happening, and become truly happy.

"It is important to have a good, healthy sense of self-worth, and the point of being nobody is certainly not to become servile, a doormat on which others can trample. But thinking that we will feel fulfilled only if we become more special than others leads to an increase, not a diminishing, of anxiety and dissatisfaction.

"Wanting to be somebody unique — or somehow 'more unique than others' — is actually quite common: there's nothing special about wanting to be special. But it is this very drive for radical individuality and superiority that keeps us feeling isolated and alone. In the end, the willingness to let go and be nobody is what's really extraordinary, and it is the only means for real connection with others and communion with what is real."

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Conscious Simplicity

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Here are three major ways that I see the idea of simplicity presented in today’s popular media:

 

1) Crude or Regressive Simplicity

2) Cosmetic or Superficial Simplicity

3) Deep or Conscious Simplicity

 

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The Surprising Truth of Sufficiency, by Lynne Twist | Awakin.org

The Surprising Truth of Sufficiency, by Lynne Twist | Awakin.org | Zenatude | Scoop.it
We each have the choice in any setting to step back and let go of the mind-set of scarcity. Once we let go of scarcity, we discover the surprising truth of sufficiency. By sufficiency, I don’t mean a quantity of anything. Sufficiency isn’t two steps up from poverty or one step short of abundance. It isn’t a measure of barely enough or more than enough. Sufficiency isn’t an amount at all. It is an experience, a context we generate, a declaration, a knowing that there is enough, and that we are enough.
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Get a Life, by Anna Quindlen | Awakin.org

Get a Life, by Anna Quindlen | Awakin.org | Zenatude | Scoop.it
There are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul.
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Mindfulness as Integration

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"Mindful awareness can be considered as a way of being, more than something that involves our “doing” something. Engage a certain “state of mind” that has the range of qualities we have heard repeatedly even though there is no fixed and final definition of mindfulness: How we pay attention (different from awareness), on purpose (but it doesn’t have to be done with active effort, it can in fact be an intention that happens “automatically” as a habit of being, not a consciously thought out plan of carrying out a way of focusing attention) to the unfolding of present moment experience (but, in fact, we can pay attention to memories of the past or plans for the future—but do so…) with a sense alertness, attention to detail, and with kindness and compassion."

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» 8 Building Blocks for Resilience - World of Psychology

» 8 Building Blocks for Resilience - World of Psychology | Zenatude | Scoop.it

Resilience is the ability to adapt to stress and change, to bounce back and rebound from negative experiences and the wear and tear of daily life. 

 

Resilience is the ability to adapt to stress and change,  to bounce back and rebound from negative experiences and the wear and tear of daily life. Resilience is a skills set that may be learned and practiced and benefits grow and accumulate over time.

These are a few of the myriad ways to build and reinforce resilience:"

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5 Ways That Meditation Makes You Happy

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Are you happy? Deeply happy? Many of us struggle to find deep happiness. So here are 5 ways that meditation makes you happy.
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What to Do When Life Isn't Fair

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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

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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

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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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Sherwin Nuland on the Art of Dying as a Lens on the Art of Living Meaningfully, by Maria Popova

Sherwin Nuland on the Art of Dying as a Lens on the Art of Living Meaningfully, by Maria Popova | Zenatude | Scoop.it
Sherwin Nuland writes about death, but not in the way that you might expect. He wants to clear the fog of the fear of death away from our eyes. Death, in his view, has everything to do with how we live. In his own words: "The honesty and grace of the years of life that are ending is the real measure of how we die. It is not in the last weeks or days that we compose the message that will be remembered, but in all the decades that preceded them. Who has lived in dignity, dies in dignity."
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Death: the Key to the Door of Life, by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross | Awakin.org

Death: the Key to the Door of Life, by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross | Awakin.org | Zenatude | Scoop.it
There is no need to be afraid of death. It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a façade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. Every individual human being born on this earth has the capacity to become a unique and special person unlike any who has ever existed before or will ever exist again. But to the extent that we become captives of culturally defined role expectations and behaviors – stereotypes, not ourselves, -- we block our capacity of self-actualization. We interfere with our becoming all that we can be.
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Before You Know What Kindness Really Is, by Naomi Shihab Nye | Awakin.org

Before You Know What Kindness Really Is, by Naomi Shihab Nye | Awakin.org | Zenatude | Scoop.it
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.
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Happiness: 10 Fascinating New Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know — PsyBlog

Happiness: 10 Fascinating New Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know — PsyBlog | Zenatude | Scoop.it
Where we feel happiness in the body, how it affects our genetic code, why it changes with age, unexpected pleasures and much more…
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How To Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness

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"Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could hack into our own brains and rewire them to be happier?

 

Science has shown we actually can thanks to a phenomenon called experience-dependent neuroplasticity. "It’s a fancy term to say the brain learns from our experiences," says Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of the bookHardwiring Happiness. "As we understand better and better how this brain works, it gives us more power to change our mind for the better."

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Six Skillful Ways to Deal with Disaster

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"How do you stay resilient and resourceful when disasters threaten to swamp your boat?  When a job is lost, a relationship unravels, cancer is diagnosed, when insecurity and distress seep through your circles of families and friends, how do you let yourself be “affected but not infected?”

Here are six practical tools and resources I’ve found most effective in 20 years of helping my clients cope skillfully with the challenges and crises of their lives."

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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

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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

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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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