Psychology/Self-help Guides

At the Pool— Preparations for Diamond Inquiry

Exploring the Inner Ocean An Excerpt from Diving in the Inner Ocean by Dominic C. Liber The Inner Ocean In the sea, the fish, shells, seaweed, and coral are all linked with one another and with the water conditions, temperature, rock formations, and nearby cities. Similarly, your feelings and beliefs, your history and the personal details of what you love or enjoy, and the very qualities of your human nature itself are all intimately and meaningfully connected in the ecosystem...
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Being Mindful of Body, Thoughts, and Feelings | Heart Medicine

3 Guided Mindfulness Meditations An Excerpt from Heart Medicine by Radhule Weininger As we encounter difficulties, mindfulness is crucial: it allows us to be present, here and now, with nonjudgmental, moment-by-moment attention. Penetrating a LRPP [Long-standing, Recurrent, Painful Pattern] with mindfulness dissolves the LRPP’s power source and creates opportunity for profound change. The energy that has been trapped by our entanglement with a LRPP is released and transformed into awareness and wisdom. The practice of mindfulness is a form of “awaring,”...
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Waking the Wilting Mind

Energy and Balance An excerpt from The Five Hurdles to Happiness I was once driving in semi-rural Ohio a few years back. After a state trooper’s flashing lights in my rear-view mirror snapped me out of my inner sagging, I pulled over to the side of the road. The trooper eyed me from outside my driver’s window, clearly looking for signs I’d been drinking. “You were over the center line quite a bit back there,” he said. “Any alcohol for you...
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Things Do Not Always Go According to Plan

The Unruly Givens of Life Excerpt from Five True Things For all that has been: Thanks! For all that shall be: Yes! —Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings In the early 1940s, on the night of her graduation party, a high school girl named Doris Van Kappelhoff was involved in a serious car accident. She had planned to go to Hollywood to become a dancer in films, but her injuries made that future no longer possible. Doris, during her long homebound recuperation, began...
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Relationship Triggers

Exploring Healthy Communication An excerpt from Triggers Building Trust Partners in romantic relationships naturally trigger one another. This follows from the fact that our choice of a partner has so much to do with transference from our past. We often unconsciously choose a partner who reminds us of the parent with whom we have unfinished emotional business, hoping to work out as adults what we could not work out in childhood. We are often triggered by something a partner says...
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How You Breathe Is How You Feel

The Breath as a Resource An Excerpt from The Monkey Is the Messenger "There is no need to struggle to be free; the absence of struggle is in itself freedom." —Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche The breath is a most precious resource that we routinely ignore. Simply put: no breath, no body, no you. Although the body can go for days without food and water, if you deprive your body of breath for longer than one minute, you will begin to live...
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Free Download | A Plan for Happiness from Radically Happy

Radically Happy: A User’s Guide to the Mind ENTER YOUR EMAIL TO RECEIVE TWO PLANS FOR HAPPINESS AND THE FIRST CHAPTER OF RADICALLY HAPPY AS A PRINTABLE PDF. Spending time with someone you love, laughing at a funny story, eating your favorite food—we experience happiness in many different ways, but maintaining that feeling can often be difficult amidst our busy lives. With this in mind, the authors of Radically Happy have created two plans for basic and interconnected happiness that you...
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Two Bonus Exercises from Radically Happy

Using Every Activity to Support the Present Moment We are excited to share two bonus meditation and mindfulness exercises with you created by Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon, the authors of Radically Happy. Exercise 1 Walking Meditation Begin by standing in a natural position, eyes open, facing whichever direction you are about to travel in. Keep your arms naturally by your side and legs about shoulder length apart. The key point is to stand comfortably and naturally. Now bring your attention...
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Meditation and the Hindrances | An Excerpt from The Five Hurdles to Happiness

How the Hindrances Have Us over the Barrel of Our Monkey Minds OPENING INQUIRY Are you willing to step onto the path of meditation and its hindrance-laden twists and turns and do so with the right intentions and with the necessary knowledge to guide your steps? Act now! Limited time offer! Can your health and well-being afford for you to flip that channel? “Of course I can’t!” my mind screamed. “I need this. I deserve this.” I only required the slightest...
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Building Compassion from the Outside In | An Excerpt from Befriending Your Body

A Way to Self-Compassion One in All All in One— If only this is realized, No more worry about your not being perfect! —Sosan Ganchi Zenji, Shin Jin Mei   I needed someone to help me grab hold of compassion and bring it a little closer every day. —Eleanor This chapter offers ways to build and seek out compassion when you do not yet feel that you can give it to yourself. Self-compassion may be a foreign concept right now,...
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Being Human | An Excerpt from Zen in the Age of Anxiety

Wisdom for Navigating Our Modern Lives I can’t get no satisfaction ’Cause I try and I try and I try and I try I can’t get no, I can’t get no Satisfaction (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction The Rolling Stones’s first big hit in the United States was “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and is still considered by many the greatest song they ever recorded. It made the charts in 1965. I was in my fourth year at Stanford University,...
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Self-Care | An Excerpt from Be Mindful & Stress Less

Self-Care As the well-known columnist Ariana Huffington notes, “We take better care of our smartphones than we do ourselves.” When you take care of yourself, you are saying to yourself that you matter. Engaging in self-care doesn’t mean you are selfish. You can’t care for anyone else until you first take care of yourself. Then you can model for others how to take care of themselves. Be For Yourself When a phone’s battery is almost out of power, the phone...
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Q&A with Kimberly Ann Johnson of The Fourth Trimester

John Spalding & Kimberly Ann Johnson What made you to decide to write The Fourth Trimester? I didn’t set out to write a book, but I have been a harbinger of a message that is to speak about the unspeakable, and I realized that this information had to become common knowledge. When I was a new mother and struggling with a birth injury (although I didn’t even know that was a category), I combed Google to find holistic resources for...
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Everyday Ayurveda: Maintaining Balance Through the Change of Seasons

By Taylor Sumner The first days of autumn have come. With the help of Ayurvedic practice and recipes from Kate O‘Donnell‘s Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook, we explore valuable adjustments to our everyday routines that can help maintain balance through this transitional time.  As the mornings grow cooler and the heaviness of summer air begins to dissipate, it becomes time to lean into the change of seasons through adjustments to one’s lifestyle and diet. The beginning of the fall season is an ideal time to...
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Talking with Jan Chozen Bays About Mindful Eating

Food: A Way to Contentedness and Connection An interview on the publication of the expanded edition of her book Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food By Dave O'Neal Shambhala:  What, in a nutshell, is “mindful eating”? Jan Chozen Bays: Mindful eating is deliberately paying full attention to what you are eating or drinking, without criticism or judgement. The last part, “without criticism of judgement,”  is very important, since so many people are under constant attack by...
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First US Air Force Buddhist Chaplain Answers, “Why?”

by Brett Campbell Nobody asks for the chaplain in the good moments. This is an unspoken rule I realized early in my career. Nobody thinks of the chaplain after they’ve delivered a healthy child or they take their first steps following an accident that left them bedbound for weeks. These are the times when life makes sense. We don’t question these experiences. We simply bask in the joy they bring to our hearts. It is in the moments of pain...
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