compassion

Brené Brown on Letting Go of Blame – Meditation Article

When painful or difficult things happen in life, how do you react? Do you immediately want to know whose fault it is? Blaming is the habit of making other people or things ‘wrong’ or responsible when difficult things happen to us. According to research professor, author and speaker Brené Brown, we mostly blame when we are in pain or angry. “Here’s what we know from the research,” she says, “Blame is simply the discharging of discomfort and pain. It has…

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Poison in the sugar-bowl – Wildmind – Meditation Article

Many, many years ago, when I was in my twenties, I was at the apartment of a newly divorced woman I’d just started dating when her ex dropped by unexpectedly. Awkward! Especially since she had just popped out of the house and wouldn’t be back for a few minutes! Trying to be a good host, I offered him a cup of coffee. He accepted. I imagine he was grateful that we could diffuse this tense situation through a little social…

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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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7 Truths about Our Emotional Needs – Positivity Article

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Episode 15: Cultivating Mindful Intimate Relationships – Meditation Article

After a long time of inactivity, I have resurrected the Live and Dare Podcast in order to interview Dr. Rick Hanson. I met Dr. Rick during a conference in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2018. It was the first nation-wide meditation conference in Australia, organized by the Meditation Association of Australia, of which I’m part. I enjoyed his approach, method of teaching and message, so I decided to connect and exchange some ideas. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS,…

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A Better Way to Talk to Yourself – Happiness Article

THERESA SCOTT When I first got into a relationship with Louis, I kind of thought to myself, “This person doesn’t seem like a person that has been imprisoned for as long as he has.” He had such a balance to his personality, to the way that he carried himself. I’m like, what is going on with this person. We kind of saw each other for two years. Initially, I kind of kept him at arm’s length because I figured that…

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Meditation is the Key to Knowing Yourself — Pema Chödrön – Lion’s Roar – Meditation Article

Photo by Eniko Kis. Meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we need are already within us. It helps, says Pema Chödrön, to know ourselves: our rough parts and our smooth parts, our passion, aggression, ignorance and wisdom. Meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we need are already within us. It helps us to know ourselves: our rough parts and our smooth parts, our passion, aggression, ignorance and wisdom. The reason that…

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A shared identity in a polarizing world – Spiritual Article

“Where are you from?” In a simple world, I would answer that I’m from Canada. If I gave that answer, I would look like a fool, though, because I know what the other person is really asking. They are asking for your ethnicity or culture. The expected answer from me would be, “I am Indian, but I was born in Canada.” I have had this conversation more than a thousand times, but recently, I realized how inherently isolating the underlying…

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Thinking Kind Thoughts About Yourself Boosts Both Physical and Mental Health – Self Improvement Article

Self-compassion and kindness toward yourself is an essential factor in anyone’s happiness, mental health, and well-being. According to a new study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, thinking kind thoughts about yourself is not only good for your mental health, but can actually affect you at a physical and biological level. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Oxford separated participants into 5 different groups and had each listen to a different 11 minute audio recording. Some of these…

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How To Move Forward When You Feel Stuck

On my preschool report card, I got a check mark saying that I needed to work on cutting along the lines. To the teacher, I was going too fast and didn’t have the patience to carefully maneuver the scissors. Fast-forward to middle school, where I had to stay after school to finish my sewing project. Why? Because I couldn’t match up the moving needle to the pattern. From the instructor’s view, I was another student in line attempting to make…

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