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By Amira Posner
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.” Shunryu Suzuki
The other day I went to get gelato. The café was jam packed, and the woman working the counter was running around like a chicken with her head cut off. I felt so impatient. There was such a long line and the café was clearly understaffed.
I noticed another person behind the counter, sitting and doing absolutely nothing. Finally, it was my turn and I couldn’t help but mention that the other employee should help out. The woman looked at me and gently said, “Oh, that’s my boyfriend. He shouldn’t even really be here.”
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By Mary Sovran
There are many reasons for low self-esteem. Most of them stem from a childhood of physical, or emotional abuse, or even abandonment. If you suffered from this type of childhood, low self-esteem is almost guaranteed because you didn’t get the validation and support you needed from adults while growing up. You have probably always felt that you were not quite as good as other people. Mindfulness meditation can help you overcome low self-esteem and realize your full potential.
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By Matt Abbasfard
My journey in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse has been by no means a straight line. This is my third attempt to get clean, and there were times in my life when I never thought that recovery was possible. I’ve been to individual therapy, residential heroin addiction treatment programs (9 times), outpatient groups, and 12-step groups. You name it, and I’ve tried it.
I’ve participated in a range of different services with varying levels of commitment, sometimes enthusiastically and sometimes in order to avoid yet another trip to the county jail. In the past, each attempt to get clean ended in failure. The consequences would pile up, and the pain would become so great that I would eventually tuck my tail between my legs and make a call for help.
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By Ben Knights
The demands of modern society can leave us stuck in a routine that feels alien to our life’s purpose. Whilst working 9 to 5 and running errands are a necessity in order to get by, it’s inevitable there will come a time when you will ask yourself; “What is the meaning of all of this?” That single moment will no doubt occur in your hours of need.
Some may ignore that small sign from the universe to explore what the meaning of life actually is, and others will obsess trying to find it. Neither path will get you any closer to the meaning of life, for it is the experience of feeling alive that you must seek.
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“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~ Buddha
Many people these days are starting a mindfulness meditation practice with great intentions and lots of enthusiasm. They’ve heard of the stress-reducing and other health benefits of the practice, and are eager to start meditating. However, few of them stay committed long-term. And those who don’t stick with it, will have a hard time dealing with stress in their lives.
There are several reasons why many people quit after a short period of time:
- They don’t understand what mindfulness meditation is.
- They’re not sure how to get started.
- They don’t have a plan for following through.
- They don’t have a support group.
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“Life is available only in the present moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
The holiday season is upon us and most of us are looking forward to enjoying the festivities, and spending quality time with loved ones. This is a time for sharing peace, love, and happiness. However, for many people the holidays have become a great source of stress.
We all have an idea of how events should unfold. So, in our desire to have everything go as planned, we create more stress for ourselves, and lose sight of what the holidays really mean. And as we become more stressed out, we pass that stress on to our loved ones, and end up needing a vacation after our vacation.
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By Charles A. Francis
The rising popularity of mindfulness meditation in recent years has sparked a great deal of interest by the general population. As with any innovation, there are bound to be some misconceptions. Though mindfulness meditation is an ancient practice, it is relatively new to Westerners.
Whenever I invite someone to our weekly meditation meeting, I am often met with some skepticism. I often hear things like “meditation is not for me,” or “I’m the type of person who can’t sit still.” While these are valid concerns, they are usually based on secondhand information, which is often inaccurate. And if you’re not meditating, you could be missing out on some of the benefits, such as better health, relationships, and personal fulfillment.
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By Dennis Merritt Jones
“Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.” ~ James Allen
As a spiritual mentor, part of my job is to challenge the people I work with to consciously observe their BS (belief system) and challenge any current beliefs they hold that are keeping them stuck in a mental prison of their own making. The moment is quite interesting to witness when they discover that they, and they alone, hold the key that will set them free. The key, of course, is their ability to choose and then choose again if necessary.
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