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Down to the Bone – Happiness Article

I am down to the bare bones. Literally. Many of us want to minimalize our busy, crowded lives, but sometimes we are minimized by life’s circumstances. We’re downsized. Victimized. Marginalized. Our experience imprints itself into our faces, our skin, our posture. It has certainly chiseled itself into my bones. In 2016, I began an unexpected journey. A journey of grace and grit. In January of that year, I lost my right arm – my dominant arm- to osteosarcoma, a rare…

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Freedom Amid Challenging Times – Jack Kornfield – Happiness Article

Modern society is periodically rocked by upheavals, whether by assassinations, war, political turmoil, or powerful economic and environmental challenges. In uncertain times the political climate can worsen these fears. Early twentieth-century journalist and social critic H.L. Mencken explained: “The whole aim of politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.” We are being encouraged to be afraid. When upheavals happen, we can naturally…

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Declutter Your Fantasy Self – Happiness Article

You are not what you own. “Imagination will take you everywhere,” said Albert Einstein, and he was right. As humans, we’re limited in what we know and understand, but imagination transcends all of that. Unfortunately, we tend to bolster our fantasies by buying the props that go with them. Francine Jay, author of The Joy of Less and Lightly, calls this “aspirational stuff.” These are the things we buy to project a certain image, to impress others, or to help…

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7 Keystone Habits that Will Transform Your Life in Less than 6 Months

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.Will Durant The internet is rife with conflicting advice. One guru claims that waking up at 5 am is the key to success. Another considers early rising to be an unnecessary stressor. One expert claims that “Email is dead” another that “Email is King”. Everywhere we turn, we are bombarded by contradictory prescriptions and mandates for achieving the life we want. The reason is simple. All…

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Steady the Mind – Jack Kornfield – Happiness Article

Who is your enemy? Mind is your enemy. No one can harm you more than a mind untrained. Who is your friend? Mind is your friend. Nothing can help you more that a trained mind, not even your loving parents. —Buddha What do we see when we look at our mind? Constant change. The untrained mind spins out thoughts, emotions, images, stories, likes, dislikes, plans, regrets and reactions to it all. There is ceaseless movement, filled with words, ideas, and…

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On The Road to Truth – Happiness Article

We were sitting around the largest conference room table, all 40 of us, when our CEO announced that she had been offered an opportunity at a different company in a different state that she couldn’t pass up.  My face got warm and my eyes filled with tears. She had hired me only 4 months prior. In that short amount of time she’d taken me under her wing and had assigned me a very shiny project. We’d been meeting daily to…

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When Self Love Comes Calling – Happiness Article

It makes good sense to figure out how to love yourself. After all, at the end of the day, that’s all we can really control when it comes to love. It’s impossible to make someone else love you, no matter how hard you try – but we always have control over the love – and the hate – we give. So why is it so hard to really, truly, madly, deeply extend a bit of the love that we’ve got…

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Fear of Freedom – Jack Kornfield – Happiness Article

People often prefer a very limited, punishing regime—rather than face the anxiety of freedom. — Jean-Paul Sartre Along with the joy of freedom is a fear of the unknown. Freedom can be both exhilarating and unnerving. The conflict runs deep. When a rabbit runs free, it has to watch for the hawk. Huntergatherers feared going too far afield, knowing they might encounter wild beasts or danger from other clans. Gandhi said, “Freedom is not worth having if it does not…

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The World is Counting on You to Go After Your Calling – Happiness Article

I recently read Parker Palmer’s book, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, a beautiful meditation on trusting our experience to guide the way to our true calling. Rather than telling your life what you intend to do with it, Palmer suggests, you must “listen for what it intends to do with you.” Reflecting on his own encounters with self-doubt, deep depression, jubilant triumphs, and unrelenting inner inquiry, he paints a portrait of a personal journey that…

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Does Stuff Make You Less Lonely? – Happiness Article

I have a confession. Decluttering makes me feel lonely. Even when I want to downsize extra stuff, it’s hard. I find myself putting dusty keepsakes back into the same boxes where they have lived for years and walking around in an emotional funk for the rest of the week. But recently I’ve been forced to reexamine those feelings. Our family is going to be moving out of state after spending over a decade living in a sprawling house on rural…

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Lead with the Heart – Jack Kornfield – Happiness Article

The mind creates the abyss, and the heart crosses it.—Sri Nisargadatta When we carefully observe our thoughts, we discover that they are not in our control—we swim in an uninvited constant stream of memories, plans, expectations, judgments, regrets. Observing the mind we see how it contains all possibilities, often in conflict with one another—we have the beautiful qualities of a saint and the destructive capacities of a dictator. The thinking mind continually plans and imagines, creating endless visions, hopes and…

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This is Good Because…. – No Sidebar – Happiness Article

In the life before the current one, the one that was not yet dedicated to rearing a tiny human, there were frequent work peaks that required lots of last-minute activity, long days and nights, frantic multi-tasking, lots of travel. A constant rush of adrenaline would carry me through to the big day, and a beautiful glowy feeling accommodated the drink (and sleep!) after. Recently, one of these events was coming up again – and yet again, it was all there:…

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How a Non-Judgemental Mind Connects & Transform Us – Meditation Article

When you first start to meditate, the first thing you discover (if you haven’t already) is the fact that you have a ‘voice’ in your head. Not only do you have a voice in the head, but a voice that never stops. It talks incessantly, from the moment you wake up to the time you go to sleep (and for some of us it won’t even stop then!). This voice, very often, isn’t very helpful. It commentates on our lives…

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Let Go of Unhealthy Thoughts – Happiness Article

Whatever a person frequently thinks and reflects on, that will become the inclination of their mind. —Buddha Speak and act from unwise thoughts, and sorrow will follow you as surely as the wheel follows the ox who draws the cart. Speak and act from wise thoughts and happiness will follow you as closely as your shadow, unshakable. —The Dhammapada Whatever we regularly think colors our experience—all day, every day. Once we start to watch these thoughts, we discover that 90%…

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Losing Weight – No Sidebar – Happiness Article

We just bought the house we’ve been renting for the past 5 years. This house feels like an embrace from your granny – when you walk in, you will be completely immersed into its bigness, coziness, musty old smell, and crazy character. We fell in love with the house, just like you love a family member – it’s not perfect, but it belongs to our clan. Since we purchased it, we are shedding the weight of its previous owners. Both…

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Notes from the Author | – Positivity Article

A new approach to mental health The Little Book of Happiness is the third in my trilogy of practical books, based on positive psychology, the science of wellbeing. I first got into positive psychology when I was looking to self-medicate out of depression. Not only did I find a way back to feeling good but I’ve gone through the last decade without a single visit from the black dog. It also led to a fresh sense of purpose – to…

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Learning from Doubt – Jack Kornfield – Happiness Article

When we learn about doubt in meditation, we can then learn to face doubt wisely in our life. Here’s how to start: begin by looking at doubt carefully and with detachment. Have we ever really observed the voice that says, ‘‘I can’t do it. It’s too hard. It’s the wrong time to meditate. Where is this getting me anyway? Maybe I should try some other practice?’’ What do we see? Doubt is a string of words in the mind, often…

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Mother Teresa’s Natal Chart Analysis – What It Reveals About Her Character and Life – Self Improvement Article

Here is a revised transcript of the video above: In this article I thought I would analyze the natal chart of Mother Teresa. I checked whether her birth time is exact, and actually her birth time listed in astrology websites is not absolutely certain. Here it is shown that her Ascendant is in Sagittarius and that might be correct, because we know that she had been living a great part of her life in India, and we can see that…

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What Minimalism Means to Me: More Time to Love – Happiness Article

After a recent decluttering, I decided to take a bag of clothes to a donation bin. I carried my bag through the city neighborhood where I live, trying to balance myself as I passed expensive row homes lined up and people enjoying their Saturday morning coffee before heading to the farmers’ market or brunch. In many ways, this snapshot was familiar, mirroring precisely what I had done during many of these decluttering events in the past several years. But this…

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True Creativity Lies Beyond the Surface Mind – Self Improvement Article

I have already shared how A New Earth book was written by Eckhart Tolle. The book came into existence effortlessly, because it was already written in the spiritual form. So since Eckhart Tolle dwelt in the now, the book was able to easily come through him. This is the true creativity. The surface mind is not creative. It can only contribute to the chaos and noise of the world with its “creations”. It just forms and reforms that which is; but…

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Vulnerability and the Tender Heart – Happiness Article

“Ultimately it is on our vulnerability that we depend.”—Rilke As children, many of us were taught courage in the form of the warrior or the explorer, bravely facing danger. In the Buddhist understanding, however, the greater courage is not demonstrated by aggression or ambition. The courageous heart is the one that is unafraid to open to the world, to care no matter what. Facing suffering brings us a great task: to stay true to our deepest values and still remain…

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With a Spirit of Generosity – Happiness Article

One gift of the minimalist lifestyle is that it provides an arena to really strengthen the muscles of discipline and impulse control. Repeatedly faced with opportunities to buy more, we are able to grow in our resolve to live with less. We are invited to continually strengthen our ability to say “no.” On a recent Sunday evening, while putting kids to bed, we heard the doorbell ring. To be honest, it wasn’t a convenient time and I wasn’t that motivated…

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A Dose of Vitamin G | – Positivity Article

It calms the mind, lifts the mood and acts as an instant digital detox. Getting a regular dose of green space, aka Vitamin G, is often overlooked as a way of growing wellbeing. Spending time in nature feels good and there’s a body of evidence to show that it does us good too. Getting out into the wilderness is a natural healer of mental health. It used to be known as the ‘camp cure’ or ‘wilderness therapy’. Stressed urbanites would…

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Slow Living with Children – No Sidebar – Happiness Article

All I wanted was a picnic. It didn’t seem like too much to ask. I was a brand new mother and I had a vision of my little family lounging in a serene park. In my vision, we were relaxing on a red & white gingham blanket, feasting on sandwiches made of gluten-free brioche, local cheese, and nitrate-free prosciutto. We soaked up the warmth of the 72-degree day under an old oak tree.  It was slow. It was delightful. It was a daydream.…

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One Unusual Life Tactic to Increase Your Income and Eradicate Stress

My friend Austin, a driven and (often overly) ambitious young man recently sent me an email that went like this: “Craig,” he said, “I’m working 60-70 hours a week right now but I never feel like I’ve done enough, and my mind won’t allow me to relax. I need your advice on the best habits I can implement to fix this.” Guess how I responded. Did I tell him to plan his days more carefully? To work on a Pomodoro…

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The Colorings of Consciousness – Jack Kornfield – Happiness Article

Consciousness is colored by the states that visit it.—Buddha “Eh,” my teacher Ajahn Chah would peer at me when I was having a hard time, “caught in some state again?” In the forest monastery we were constantly being directed both to look at consciousness itself and to precisely name the states that rose to fill it throughout the day: frightened, bored, relaxed, confused, joyful, resentful, calm, frustrated, and so forth. Ajahn Chah would sometimes ask us out loud about our…

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The Need Hidden in the Want – Happiness Article

Two days ago I had a set of adjustable dumbbells in my Walmart.com cart. They were $30 and I was ready to jump on the purchase…especially when the cart said in big red letters, “Order now, only 2 left in stock!” The Walmart marketing geniuses had me. My mind told me I needed these dumbbells, and they would vanish forever if I didn’t order them now. Luckily the shopping ban has taught me to pause longer before purchases. It has…

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Why Email Marketing is Essential to Scale to 7-Figures

Email is dead. At least, that’s what the marketing pundits and freshly minted “gurus” would have you believe. But when you take a closer look at the data (and at the businesses who do email correctly), you quickly realize nothing could be further from the truth. Email is still alive and well in 2019. In fact, it’s one of the best marketing channels available to the modern entrepreneur and is a crucial component required to scale to 7-figures+. In today’s…

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Am I Against Mind-Altering Substances – Self Improvement Article

This is in response to a few questions that I received as a result of my previous video and article on regaining the Kingdom of God. I was asked if I recommend using mind-altering substances, such as psychedelic mushrooms or LSD, in order to achieve a no-mind, oneness state. I was asked similar questions before, so I decided to write an article about it as my response. I have never used such mind-altering substances nor did I ever want to.…

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4 Dead Simple Steps to Raise Capital for Your Small Business Ventures

There once was a 28-year-old man in a difficult financial predicament. He had an idea for a business … but he had no money in the bank, no job, and a general track record of failure. He was an investor’s worst nightmare and the odds of him securing the tens of thousands of dollars in capital he needed were slim (to say the very least). So you can imagine the surprise of those around him when, within 10-days of articulating…

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