Stephen Strain

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The Birth and Spread of Buddhism

8d. The Birth and Spread of Buddhism<p>The Buddha preached his first sermon at Sarnath, shown here. He believed that freedom from desires set people …

How to Write a Story a Week: A Day-by-Day Guide

by Emily WenstromAs a fiction writer eager to improve my craft, I’ve long wanted to try out the story-a-week approach recommended to aspiring writers …

The One-Hour-A-Day Fast Track to Goal Achievement

You can achieve all of your goals in just one-hour-a-day. John Updike—the American novelist, poet, short story writer, and literary critic—, when …

How To See People As They Really Are

We all imagine we’re seeing the world accurately, says psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson. But usually, that’s not correct. “There’s this saying, ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’” she says. “That’s perfectly true. What we don’t realize is that <i>everything</i> is actually in the eye of the …

The Life of Zen Master Dogen.

I think it could be argued that the history of Zen is really a history of spiritual iconoclasts and revolutionaries, spiritual adventurers who saw …

10 Things Mindfulness Will Teach You About Life

Buddhaimonia.Many people think that mindfulness is about quieting the mind and relieving stress. Sure, your mind will quiet to some degree, but …

Consciousness – The Unified Field

Keith R. Holden M.D, <i>Guest</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>What follows is a theoretical explanation of how energies interact in our universe to create what we know, and …

University of California

He’s been a circus acrobat and set a world record in high diving — plunging more than 100 feet off a bridge. He’s an accomplished author; the Dalai Lama himself wrote the foreword to his book Essential Spirituality. At UC Irvine, he’s a professor of psychiatry & human behavior and holds joint …

Do This One Thing to Defeat Disorganization Forever

Some people are just born to be organized.<p>Labeling and categorizing comes naturally. Itineraries and schedules are seen as welcomed tools. These are …

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

The meditation-and-the-brain research has been rolling in steadily for a number of years now, with new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditation. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG. The practice appears to …

Mindfulness

Why We Should Stop Trying

<b>“If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.” ~Edith Wharton</b><p>Several years ago a well-known Zen Master accepted me as a …

The eight healing positions of yoga: Moves that can ease your back pain

Done daily, this gentle routine can help ease the symptoms of back pain by gently flexing your spine and muscles, easing tension and releasing …

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How to Beat Depression and Start Feeling Better About Yourself

Albert Ellis<p>You largely constructed your depression. It wasn’t given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it.<p><b>Are You Feeling Depressed?</b><p>Depression …

How Do Words, such as Yes and No, Change Our Brains and Lives?

The neu­ro­science of lan­guage, con­scious­ness, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion rais­es many fun­da­men­tal ques­tions, the answers to which con­sis­tent­ly …

Detechter

101 Powerful Zen Sayings and Proverbs to Live By

Buddhaimonia.“The world is its own magic.” - Shunryu Suzuki When I was first introduced to Zen, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. …

6 Ways Your Brain Is Lying To You Every Minute Of The Day

You think your brain is your friend. It's not. It's tricking you, all the time.

Geek Humor

The Info Post – Blog

Who would have thought? These three things – messiness, staying up late and swearing – usually are considered to be signs of laziness, bad manners …

Tony Robbins's Three Steps to Creating a Breakthrough

Here's what you need to do and why.<p>I didn't know much about Tony Robbins, the self-help guru, when I was asked to review his new book on personal finance.<p>And to be honest, I still don't.<p>But among all his ideas for saving and investing, he had one really long aside about how you can improve your …

Why Bodhidharma Still Matters.

Bodhidharma was the 28th successor of the Buddha in the Ch’an tradition.<p>He traveled from India to China in the sixth century. When he arrived he saw …

Meditation

Four 'Confusing' Zen Quotes And What You Can Learn From Them

Zen is a branch of Buddhism that came about in China during the 6th century. Many of its teachings and quotes continue to be repeated, but they …

Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive

Featured On Our Website<p>Welcome to our July 2018 E-letter!<p>Advice about tonglen (taking and giving), sent to a nun with cancer.<p>Ösel discusses the inner …

11 Fantastic Productivity Tricks You Can Use Today

Achieve the most important goals in your business and in your life faster and better than ever.<p>We all have important things to get done at work, but far too often, at the end of the day we realize that we haven't accomplished what we set out to do. The problem is that for all sorts of different …

A Three-Step Formula On How To Shun Corporate Life To Start Your Own Business

Corporate life.<p>Upon hearing those words, you either jump for joy, or double-over in agony.<p>If the latter, pull up a chair and take notes because today calls your name.<p>You see–in a prior article on Julia Beardwood, founder and owner of Beardwood & Co., she shared her ten keys for success in the …

The Formula To Better Problem Solving

The “Five Whys” process will help you get to the root of any problem, and make everyone feel understood and included.<p>Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Tools break, wires get crossed, the best-laid plans fall apart.<p>And on those occasions, it helps to know exactly what happened—so it …

Six lessons we can learn from geniuses

Whether it’s designing a supersonic vehicle, helping the blind to see or creating space history, what can we learn from the great minds behind these feats?<p>Our series The Genius Behind has taken you inside the minds of people who are making the impossible possible. Whether it is designing the …

Genius