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Meditation: Not What You Think

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 07.31.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

This is not a mental process but an experiential one as meditation is an opening, a release of ego identity when all attempts to meditate, all striving, all doing stops

If Nothing Ever Changed There Would Be No Full Moon

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 07.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Change happens in the flash of a moment but the ego mind -- our self-obsessiveness -- needs to make everything appear solid and permanent.

Have Your Own Personal Rebirth This Spring

Hale Dwoskin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Hale Dwoskin

Both of these exercises can be used any time you feel the need to shine more light into your life and dispel the darkness -- or when you would simply like a quick energetic lift.

Why You Are Not Alone Here

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

There is actually no part of our being that is a separate or independent entity from everyone we have met and everything we have done or from every part of the world around us.

The Difference Between Foolish And Wise Compassion

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

For compassion to be effective, we need to discover if our actions are going to be of real help and value or if they may actually be supporting an already unhealthy situation.

The Way Of The Bodhisattva

C. Clinton Sidle | Posted 05.30.2011 | Religion
C. Clinton Sidle

"All the suffering in the world comes from seeking pleasure for oneself. All the happiness in the world comes from seeking pleasure for others." That, I believe, captures the essence of this.

Knowing When Telling A Lie Is The Right Thing To Do

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

If you are following any kind of religious or spiritual path, then telling the truth is usually up there with other ethical obligations. But is speaking the truth always the best thing to do?

How To Lose Your Mind

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Through meditation we can become aware of mind games and go beyond the fixation of "all about me" to see the wisdom-mind that is radiant, altruistic and free.

The Practical Wisdom Of Buddhism

C. Clinton Sidle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
C. Clinton Sidle

We live behind bars of fear and convention and become stuck. We are in a box, and don't even know we are in a box.

Eat, Play, Meditate

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Meditation puts on the light in an otherwise dark room. It enables us to see through illusions and relax into our true nature.

Why Two Marriages Might Be Better Than One

Douglas LaBier | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

Consider this: It may be psychologically healthier to end your marriage. Engaging in two different kinds of marriages may be a better response to the emotional and sexual realities of our fluid, interconnected world.

What's In The Way Of Your Personal Liberation?

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

If you are not creating what you want from your life, either in your well-being, relationships, wallet or area of contribution, check where you've placed your net. That is, reconsider where you are operating from self-limiting beliefs.

7 Ways Meditation Can Save Your Life

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

This may sound farfetched but meditation is a direct way to cut through the chaotic monkey mind constantly making excuses and supporting our neurosis. It's that fundamental. Yet so many people pay it so little attention.

To 'Win The Future' We Must Redefine 'Success'

Douglas LaBier | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

To meet the challenges of our "Sputnik moment," we need to revamp our thinking about what success is, as well as what psychological orientation is necessary to achieve it.

Six Ways To Keep Your Cool When You've Been Burned

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

It's important that we acknowledge what we are feeling -- all the anger, unfairness, and aversion -- and really honor how hurt we are.

We Need a Revolution in Kindness

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

How different our world would be if we were all just a bit more compassionate and kind! So what is it that prevents us? Kindness is free, it never goes bad, it has no sell-by date, we can never get enough of it, and we can never give enough of it.

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

If we want to be happy then why do we suffer? In one of our workshops we asked the participants to raise their hands if they wanted to suffer. No one did. So why do we?

No One Has Any Idea What Will Happen Next

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

A new year has a very special effect: it makes us feel we have the chance to start over, to do things right this time, to make amends, to become the person we really know we can be.

6 Lessons Santa Teaches Better Than Any Guru

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Whether Santa is real or not really doesn't matter, as he has been endowed with some remarkable qualities that we can all learn from.

Why Do We Treat Each Other With Such Disregard And Disrespect?

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

We are attacked for being of a different race or color, women and children are raped and abused, we turn away from helping a stranger for fear of those around us, and huge numbers are starving and homeless.

Why We Find It Hard To Meditate

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Meditation can certainly be challenging, and even more so if we are uncertain as to why we are doing it. After years of hearing a plethora of reasons why people find it hard to meditate, we have whittled it down to just a few.

What Gives Your Life Meaning?

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

What sustains you? What puts a smile on your face and lights up your heart? What keeps the embers of your soul on fire? What really matters deeply to you?

What Are You Going To Do With the Rest of Your Life?

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

It seems like most answers about why we are here focus in on material wealth and abundance, success, good health, happiness, love, family, friendship, and having fun. Very few people consider that the purpose of life is to suffer, or to be unhappy.

Mindfulness And The 2010 Elections: How Accepting What Is Makes Us Powerful

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

We cannot change anything until we totally accept it as it is, for in that moment of acceptance we can move to transform it.

Are You Living A Life Too Small?

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

What's invisibly written on your "jersey"? What might others say, since it is they who see your backside? If there were one word that was keeping your life too small, lately, what would it be?