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A GUIDE TO ETHICAL AND MENTAL DEVELOPMENT - The Eightfold Path

A GUIDE TO ETHICAL AND MENTAL DEVELOPMENT - The Eightfold Path | Zenatude | Scoop.it

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The Noble Eightfold Path describes the way to the end of suffering, as it was laid out by Siddhartha Gautama. It is a practical guideline to ethical and mental development with the goal of freeing the individual from attachments and delusions; and it finally leads to understanding the truth about all things. Together with the Four Noble Truths it constitutes the gist of Buddhism. Great emphasis is put on the practical aspect, because it is only through practice that one can attain a higher level of existence. The eight aspects of the path are not a sequence of single steps, they are highly interdependent principles.

1. Right View
2. Right Intention
3. Right Speech
4. Right Action
5. Right Livelihood
6. Right Effort
7. Right Mindfulness
8. Right Concentration

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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

How To Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"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

Six Skillful Ways to Deal with Disaster | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"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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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

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"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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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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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.