The Way of Transformation

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The Way of Transformation

The man, who, being really on the Way, falls upon hard times in the world will not, as a consequence, turn to that friend who offers him refuge and comfort and encourages his old self to survive. Rather, he will seek out someone who will faithfully and inexorably help him to risk himself, so that he may endure the suffering...[ read more ]

You can have the brain of a 25-year-old if you meditate for just 15 minutes a day

Melanie Curtin (a writer for inc.com) wrote a beautiful article about how meditation can help us to reshape our brains (check out the full article here). In this article she shared the findings of Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Mass General and Harvard Medical School. The findings of Sara's work is astonishing. She discovered that people who meditate "had more...[ read more ]

Are You Blind?

Imagine walking along a sidewalk with your arms full of groceries, and someone roughly bumps into you so that you fall and your groceries are strewn over the ground. As you rise up from the puddle of broken eggs and tomato juice, you are ready to shout out, 'You idiot! What's wrong with you? Are you blind? But just before...[ read more ]

Tripping Over Joy

I was reading this poem the other day, and I believe it has significant applications for helping us to live a more peaceful and happier life. The poet uses "God" throughout the poem. Feel free to substitute whatever makes sense to you: whatever faith you practice, fate, the universe, etc. I think the message remains the same. TRIPPING OVER JOY...[ read more ]

The Struggle Switch

Life throws difficulties at us daily, sometimes hourly. When we face these difficulties it often seems as if a switch gets flipped, and we have a hard time coping. Dr. Russ Harris, author of the Happiness Trap, calls this the Struggle Switch. As soon as an uncomfortable emotion, painful feeling, or hurtful memory pops up in our mind or body,...[ read more ]

Nurturing vs. Depleting Activities: Getting Your Ratio Right

Do you feel like your life is growing or shrinking? Do you feel like the activities you do give you energy or drain it? Dr. Jason Ong posits that it is important to keep an inventory of these activities. In an article he wrote (click here), he states that we can create a more meaningful life by tracking and comparing...[ read more ]

New Study Reveals a Skill to Dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety can be very hard to deal with. Your mind won't stop running. It keeps going and going like the Energizer Bunny. The thoughts are constant. The mind attempts to go all Nostradamus on us and predict the future. A new study has shown that 91.4% of these worry predictions are actually wrong. They simply are not true. Check out...[ read more ]

Handling Difficult Situations

If we're being honest, life is filled with difficult situations. They seem to pop up weekly, daily, sometimes even hourly. In the video at the end of this post, Tony Robbins gives an great process for handling difficult situations. The part we are focusing on today starts at around the 14 minute mark. I pulled out some of the most...[ read more ]

Knock Off Negative Thinking

How's that voice in your head sounding lately? Does it talk to you with kindness and compassion or is it telling you how you're failing at everything? Is it thinking of actual outcomes without disturbing who you are or is it telling you that the small comment your partner made the other day probably means your relationship is over? The...[ read more ]

6 Steps to Transforming Negative Emotions

How often do you feel like negative emotions are running your life? They get set off or triggered by some unfortunate circumstance, someone treating us poorly, us treating ourselves poorly, and a slew of other things. Sometimes these negative emotions just roll in like a fog, with no discernible reason, and they just sit there, making visibility limited or impossible....[ read more ]