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December 5, 2023

The best way to begin to develop loving-kindness and compassion is to develop an open heart.

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November 7, 2023
Content Over Packaging

If we meditate regularly and we do not take care to pull out the weeds on a regular basis that are rampant in the garden of our minds, the spiritual seeds we are attempting to plant won’t likely thrive. 

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October 31, 2023
Spiritual Rebel

Since we were very young, we’ve been taught to want to achieve fortune, fame, recognition and all of the material riches that might go along with it. But that path doesn't bring lasting fulfillment.

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October 25, 2023
Use Your Life as Your Practice

If meditation becomes something we think we have to DO, we are missing the point of meditation all together. Use your life as your practice.

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December 1, 2022
The Gift of Presence

One of the greatest gifts we could ever give to our family, friends, co-workers, and even our pets is the gift of presence.  What does that mean? The gift of presence? You know the typical scenario we can find ourselves in: emails galore, text messages that need to be returned, kids, work, and family obligations […]

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November 2, 2022
What Does It Mean To "Be Present"

You don’t need me to tell you that what is going on around many parts of the world is destructive, chaotic, unkind, and even sinister. All we need to do is turn on the news for five minutes to feel the weight of despair. Disease, war, oppression, discrimination, climate change, violence, intolerance, and unrest. What does […]

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October 27, 2022
Take Your Ego Mind Out of the Equation

Are you feeling stuck, unmotivated and uninspired? Take your ego mind out of the equation! In Buddhism, all of the physical and emotional obstacles can be very powerful teachers.  If we allow ourselves to get caught up in the daily minutiae and stressors in our daily lives, it can almost be impossible for us to […]

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June 7, 2022
The Endless Tug of War

One of the greatest benefits of meditation is it allows us to stop the insanity of our daily lives. Have you ever stopped to notice how we are caught up in an endless tug-of-war with the way things are?  Think about how easy it is to be driven out of the present moment by our own […]

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March 28, 2022
Investigating Our Perception

If we walk around believing everything we think without question, particularly the not so pleasant self-doubting thoughts, it’s pretty hard to see any other viewpoint than our own. If we tell ourselves certain things about ourselves long enough, it may never even occur to us to question our own thinking.

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March 15, 2022
Meditation Is Unmanufactured Awareness

Meditation isn’t about trying to stop thinking. Instead it’s about noticing the thoughts as they arise and allowing them to be. To be able to have access again to our ground state of being which is already whole and complete, we must recognize how we’ve allowed ourselves to be hooked by the stories and conversations we tell ourselves in our own minds. Most times, we don’t even question the thoughts, perceptions, judgments or beliefs and instead believe our own thinking.

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March 8, 2022
Making Positive Changes

What if your happiness, joy, peace and fulfillment is just covered over by an old mindset of limiting beliefs and assumptions? Making positive changes starts with a shift in mindset. Once that takes place, the rest will follow.

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February 1, 2022
Awakening: Permanent or Fleeting? PART 2

he truth involves letting go of those long-held perceptions that keep us imprisoned in patterns of behavior and ways of being which prevent us from living a life of freedom, peace, and joy. Letting go of those beliefs involves looking at ourselves deeply. Understand that for any concrete and lasting change to occur, we have to be willing to change. Without this willingness, we may simply be seeking a change that doesn’t actually involve us!

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January 27, 2022
Awakening: Permanent or Fleeting? PART 1

Many people come to spiritual practice or learn meditation in an effort to induce positive emotional states or to at least minimize negative emotional states. But those feelings of happiness and joy are byproducts of awakening, not the actual awakening itself. The problem is, as long as we chase the byproducts of awakening, we might miss the real thing.

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January 2, 2019
Stuck on the Hamster Wheel?

Stressed, unfulfilled, stuck? Do you have the feeling that there just has to be more to life than the way you are living it today?

Anyone who has had even the slightest introduction to Buddhist teaching is familiar with its starting point: the inescapable truth that existence entails "suffering." This is The First Noble Truth, one of the most central teachings of Buddhism. One of the fundamental teachings behind Buddhism, its ethics, philosophy, practices and community life, is the discovery that freedom and joy are possible in the face of the regular "suffering" of human life. 

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January 2, 2019
Science of Meditation

It’s no surprise that some of the strongest areas of research centered on attention. Researchers at MIT and UC Santa Barbara found that merely eight minutes of meditation practice improved concentration and reduced mind-wandering. They also found that mindfulness had a dramatic effect on working memory - the facility we have to manipulate stored information in order to reason and make decisions.

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January 2, 2019
A New Perspective

"No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew." - Albert Einstein

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January 2, 2019
What is a Mantra?

Ever tried to stop the incessant flow of chatter in your mind? Have you tried to meditate before but just can’t seem to settle your thoughts long enough to experience what people say meditation is supposed to bring you? The Sanskrit word mantra literally is translated as “vehicle of the mind” which is exactly its purpose. Meditation dates back over 2,500 years and while there are many forms of meditation, the use of a mantra is quite adept at helping you quiet that internal dialog.

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