Responding to everyday frustrations and irritations

.Dealing with Frustrations

By Ekanath Easwaran

Remember the Buddha’s words: “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” If our thinking is based on stimulus and response, he is trying to tell us, then most of us live like puppets, moved by patterns of thinking built up over years of repetition. These habits of mind cause us to say and ...

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Calming a child’s mind

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By MAUREEN HEALY

Calming a child’s mind is like tilling soil. It is the necessary preparation needed before planting any seeds. Adults, educators and parents alike all perform the awesome role of planting powerful metaphorical seeds in their children. Such seeds are of happiness, insight, kindness, ethics and harmony.

A child’s mind that is calm tends ...

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From Thoughts to No-Thoughts

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By Dr. Krishna Bhatta

Meditation is a journey from thoughts to no-thoughts. There are no thoughts, no waves and no mind-noises. There is just pure existence. Yet, when realized people have to communicate, they also have to use the same mind and thoughts that we do. But, they use mind & thoughts as and when they ...

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Reject – The Contract of Unhappiness

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By Sri Sri ShudhaaNandaa Brahmachari

The more you practice cultivating befriending your mind, you find that no one can make you unhappy unless you resolve to be unhappy. No outside circumstance can make you unhappy unless you agree to become unhappy, unless you sign the contract to be unhappy. There is a contract to be unhappy. There ...

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Take a vitamin of “No Reaction”

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By Pujya Swami Chidananda Sarawati

Spiritual health is measured by our state of equanimity in the face of trials and tribulations. It is measured by our ability to remain calm, focused, serene and loving when life throws failure, difficulty, insurmountable hurdles and betrayal on our path. It is easy to be peaceful, joyful and calm ...

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Obstacles & Oppurtunities in Meditation

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The Buddha enumerates five such obstacles: sensuality, ill will, laziness, restlessness, and anxiety or fear. Each of these locks us out of deeper consciousness. Like an inner tube around a swimmer’s waist, these five obstacles keep us from diving below the surface of the mind by entangling us in the thoughts and experiences of the outside ...

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Are you Awake?

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By David Simon M.D.

Our conditioned mind is woven out memories and desires, most of which restrict our experience of life. When our mind, imprisoned in the past, drives our choices, we live in relentless search of security, control, and approval, which we hope will flow from our accomplishments, achievements and acquisitions. We all know the ...

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Patience adds to health

 

 

By Eknath Easwaran

Patience is not only a mental virtue; it is an asset even for physical health. I’m sure you are aware of the way your heart races when you get impatient. Perhaps you have noticed, too, that your breathing becomes faster and shallower. It does seem reasonable that if you can strengthen your patience to ...

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