Words of Wisdom from Lao Tzu Part 1

These words of wisdom from Lao Tzu are from his famous book, Tao Te Ching. We are taught that “The tao that can be told of is not the absolute tao,” so please take this to heart as you explore these teachings. On letting go: “By letting it go it all gets done. The world […]

Sustaining and Unwavering Attention

In these words of wisdom from Jon Kabat-Zinn, we learn that concentration is sustaining and unwavering attention. This lesson is from his widely read book, Wherever You Go, There You Are. He writes, “Concentration is a cornerstone of mindfulness practice. Your mindfulness will only be as robust as the capacity of your mind to be […]

The Great Itzhak Pearlman

These wonderful words of wisdom from the great Itzhak Pearlman, the incomparable violinist of our generation, inspire us to dedicate our life to our original purpose. This story illustrates his lifelong dedication to music. “Itzhak Perlman is one of the finest violinists alive today. Several years ago, Perlman agreed to attend a charity reception after […]

Treat Meditation Like Music You Can Dance To

These words of wisdom from the great Alan Watts teach us to treat meditation like music you can dance to. Almost all of us like music and, if you are like me, you love to dance. We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike […]

Commitment is Very Important in Life

Here are more words of wisdom from Swami Satchidananda from The Golden Present. In today’s lesson, we learn that commitment is very important in life. “Commitment is very important in life. Those who want to lead a spiritual life are here to change all these things and to rebuild a better world. Remember that. You […]

How to Transform Suffering into an Opportunity for Growth

Here we have more words of wisdom from Robert Emmons. This lesson is on how to transform suffering into an opportunity for growth. He quotes Abraham Maslow, who we heard from recently in The Creative Spirit Of The Self-Actualizer last month. It continues on the gratitude theme from A Gratitude Practice to Increase Happiness from […]

How to Recover from Failure

Dr. Alex Lickerman provides us with these words of wisdom today on how to recover from failure with determination. These are teachings from the Pure Land tradition of Nichiren Buddhism. This form of Japanese Buddhist practices focuses on the Lotus Sutra and relies on the Gohonzon – the chanting of Namu Myoho Renge Kyo. The […]

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 […]

Give As If There Is Nothing To Lose

These words of wisdom from Sallie Tisdale, author of Women of the Way: Discovering 2,500 Years of Buddhist Wisdom advises us to give as if there is nothing to lose. And really, what do we have to lose? All of our urgently felt needs for security vanish in light of our ultimate fate. Seeing the […]

Meditation is an Exercise for Developing Willpower

In these words of wisdom from Roy Baumeister and John Tierney from their book, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength we learn that meditation is an exercise for developing willpower. By participating in daily meditation, we develop our willpower in other aspects of our lives. Religious meditations often involve explicit and effortful regulation of attention. […]

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