Practice Daily Meditation

The fourth of the Seven Principles of Mindfulness in Healing from the book, Healing with the Seven Principles of Mindfulness is to practice daily meditation. Here is why. Meditation strengthens the mind like exercise strengthens the body. With daily exercise, your muscles become toned and your body feels great. If you miss a day or […]

Guided Meditation for Sleep

This guided meditation for sleep is something I could have used last night. Like many guided meditations, this one begins with the imagery associated with a quiet and peaceful beach, warming and relaxing you body and mind. The last twenty-five minutes or so consist of relaxing music to keep you sleeping well. Sleep is usually […]

Just Pay Appropriate Attention

Here is another quote from Matthew Kelly, this time from his book, Perfectly Yourself: 9 Lessons for Enduring Happiness. He is teaching us to just pay appropriate attention. He calls it “just do the next right thing.” Appropriate attention is an important Buddhist concept that came down to us as yoniso manasikara. It implies paying […]

Maintaining the Silence

In yesterday’s article, we learned about Entering the Silence from Matthew Kelly. Today, we are going to learn about maintaining the silence from Joseph Campbell. In The Power of Myth, he writes about entering the silence: “This is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so […]

Entering the Silence with Purpose

Entering the silence with purpose is just what we do when we have a daily meditation practice. The silence comes between our thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Matthew Kelly, in his book, The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose, has this to say about entering the silence with purpose: “Everything great in […]

Let the Thought or Feeling Go

These words of wisdom from Lama Surya Das teach us how to let the thought or feeling go. This works especially well when we allow ourselves to breathe in and breathe out and remove the object from our mind. This is reminiscent of Linji‘s directive to remove the object. The object, of course, is the […]

We All Have Everything We Need

In this video, Pema Chodron tells Oprah that we all have everything we need. This is reminiscent of what Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh says, We are already blessed with everything we need to be happy there is no need to run, strive or struggle. Pema says, We already have everything we need. There is […]

More Teachings of the Buddha

Here are some more teachings of the Buddha from one of my favorites, Sharon Salzberg. These teachings are similar to ones that we have learned from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, dharma teacher, Glen Schneider, and the  Order of Interbeing. Sharon invites us to contemplate the forces of greed, grasping, hatred, and delusion in our […]

The Great Bell Chant

This video of the Great Bell Chant featuring the voice of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most moving videos I have ever watched. Brother Phap Niem’s lovely voice sings out through the cosmos in Vietnamese. Thay, as Thich Nhat Hanh is known by his followers, narrates his poem in English. The […]

Forgiveness Training with Jack Kornfield

Happy New Year! Since this is the last day of the year, it is a great time to think about forgiveness so we can enter the new year with joy and happiness. The subject of this video is a forgiveness training with Jack Kornfield. It was presented at the Greater Good Science Center in Berkeley, […]

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