Beginner’s Mind

Why Plain Language Is Better Than Complex Jargon – Self Improvement Article

“If you care about being thought credible and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do.” Daniel Kahneman Simple communication is often better than using complex language, especially if you are trying to reach out to the biggest audience possible. A new study published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology discovered that the use of complex jargon can often turn people off from learning topics like science and politics, even when specialized words are defined.…

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Why does my breathing feel uncomfortable in meditation? – Meditation Article

Illustration by Nolan Pelletier.You can’t breathe wrong. Generally, Buddhist meditation is not a yogic practice in which you’re supposed to breathe in a particular way (although this can be the case in certain advanced meditations). In mindfulness practice, the breath is often used as the focal point or object of concentration. Because it’s a practice of nonjudgmental awareness, you’re simply aware of the breath as it is, without trying to change it. In fact, trying to control your breath in…

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How to Practice Tonglen – Lion’s Roar – Meditation Article

Pema Chödrön teaches us “sending and taking,” an ancient Buddhist practice to awaken compassion. With each in-breath, we take in others’ pain. With each out-breath, we send them relief. Illustration by Carole Henaff. Tonglen practice, also known as “taking and sending,” reverses our usual logic of avoiding suffering and seeking pleasure. In tonglen practice, we visualize taking in the pain of others with every in-breath and sending out whatever will benefit them on the out-breath. In the process, we become liberated…

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How to Practice Loving-Kindness – Lion’s Roar – Meditation Article

JoAnna Hardy teaches us the famed Buddhist practice of metta – offering love to ourselves and others. Illustrations by Tomi Um. When I was introduced to the practice of metta—most often translated as lovingkindness practice—I definitely knew it wasn’t for me. It was too mushy and sentimental for my pragmatic mind. It was reminiscent of the wishful praying that I thought was reserved for the type of faith I had left behind. I didn’t really believe that I—or maybe any living…

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