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Why Buddhism is True

The Gentle Giant: Oliver Sacks and the Art of Choosing Empathy Over Vengeance

An existential lesson gleaned from a brush with death and foolishness.<p><i>“Compassion,”</i> Karen Armstrong wrote in her stirring meditation on the true meaning of the Golden Rule, <i>“asks us to look into our own hearts, discover what gives us pain, and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to</i> …

Oliver Sacks

Four weeks before Oliver Sacks died, I received a letter from him. In our all too brief correspondence, he never e-mailed. He wrote beautiful, longhand letters on heavy, cream-colored stationery with a blue fountain pen, the script slanting to the left. They were always peppered with cross-outs and …

Literature

Just in time for Thanksgiving, three thoughts on gratitude from Oliver Sacks

The volume is tiny — short enough to read easily in one sitting — but it’s huge in heart. Oliver Sack’s just-published book “Gratitude,” consists of four essays the famous neurologist and chronicler of human quirks wrote in the months before his death of cancer this summer at 82. It is, in effect, …

Oliver Sacks bids farewell in style

In Gratitude, his valedictory memoir, the gifted doctor finally achieves a sense of peace with himself after a life well lived<p>‘I cannot say there is no vanity in making this funeral oration of myself, but I hope it is not a misplaced one,’ wrote David Hume on the eve of his death in 1776, under the …

Literature

4 Oliver Sacks Quotes On Gratitude

<b>By Melissa Dahl Follow @melissadahl</b><p>Before his death in August, neurologist Oliver Sacks wrote a number of elegant essays about what it meant to him to know he was nearing the end of his life. In those writings, a theme emerged: gratitude. Sacks expressed gratefulness for his work, for the people in …

Love, Lunacy, and a Life Fully Lived: Oliver Sacks, the Science of Seeing, and the Art of Being Seen

A touching celebration of the “intense sense of love, death, and transience, inseparably mixed.”<p><i>“I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts,”</i> visionary neurologist <b>Oliver Sacks</b> wrote in his poignant, …

Gratitude for Dr. Oliver Sacks' Insights at the End of Life

Just as he shed light on the human mind and soul over the course of his celebrated career, the neurologist and writer Dr. Oliver Sacks gave us profound insights in his final year into the most universal of human experiences: dying.<p>One year ago, diagnosed with metastasized uveal melanoma, he began …

Read This If You Want To Keep A Journal But Don’t Know How

A journal is the best self-awareness tool there is.<p>Just open any given site that publishes articles on personal growth, and you will find at least …

Self-improvement

A Cancer Survivor On The Healing Power of Compassion - The Chalkboard

<i>Our collective reflex to self-criticize and act harshly toward ourselves can majorly impede our wellness plans. Our thoughts and emotions are deeply</i> …

How to Bring Heartfulness Into Your Marriage

We often hear the words “mindfulness” and “compassion” as interchangeable, positive attributes to embody and integrate into our lives. Although …

Mindfulness

Carolyn Hax: Seeking compassion — not trite talk — for chronic pain

By Carolyn Hax<p>, Advice columnist<p><i>Dear Carolyn: I’ve gone through some health challenges. Nothing that is likely to kill me, but I’ve spent literally years in pain and my life is far from what I had wished it would be. It’s a grief process, and it blows.</i><p><i>However, I feel like I can’t express grief or</i> …

Work Stress

THIRTY-THREE BOOKS ON ZEN & BUDDHISM

THIRTY-THREE BOOKS ON ZEN & BUDDHISM An Introduction to the Ways for Western Readers A friend asked if I could recommend a bookshelf full of books on …

Meditation

Sciatica Soothers Detailed Instructions

“Freedom is not given to us by anyone we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice...no one can prevent you from being aware of each …

Increasing Consciousness Through Action

At any moment, you are consciousness involved in a nature package. The nature package includes your heredity, your environment, all of your …

Consciousness

How Do We Stand in Relation to Our Desires?

I was standing in front of a theater to see a dirty movie in Chicago. It was called <i>Throat</i> and had gotten rave reviews in New York, and I was in …

Spirituality

Pain Relief: Natural and alternative remedies without drugs or surgery

<b>Mind-body techniques</b><p>Mind-body relaxation techniques have become well accepted as stress-reducing strategies and are commonly used at hospital-based …

Top 10 Music Sources For Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation

Meditation is a powerful tool. It helps us to concentrate on ourselves from all other external objects. I practice meditation on a regular basis. It …

5 Ways Buddhists Deal With Anger

Everybody gets angry. Whether it’s mild irritation or flaming rage, we experience it every day and there are few of us for whom this is not, at some …

The Joy of Letting Go of Stress

The holiday season can generally be one of the most stressful times of year. That’s on top of most families being so stressed they aren’t able to …

How to Want Very Little

There’s a part of today’s consumerist world that drives us to want more, buy more, act on our impulses, hoard, spend to solve our problems, create …

Minimalism

A Healthy Way to Aspire to a Better Life

I have a friend who is unhappy with his life — being in debt, lonely, with a job he doesn’t like, in a town he doesn’t like.<p>I asked him what ideals …

Happiness

The Most Important Moment

Something I forget a lot, and have to remind myself about a lot: I’m not on my way somewhere.<p>This moment isn’t just a stepping stone to get to …

Mindfulness

The Transformative Power of the Gratitude Habit

There’s a small habit that I practice, that can turn difficult situations into much better ones — and it won’t surprise you. It’s the habit of …

Siblings

Constantly Worried About How Others Perceive Us

If someone tells you that they don’t care what other people think, they are fooling themselves.<p>None of us are free from this worry.<p>Everyone is trying …

Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind

The most important habit I’ve formed in the last 10 years of forming habits is meditation. Hands down, bar none.<p>Meditation has helped me to form all …

Our Everloving Quest to Control Our Lives

Almost our entire lives are spent in a quest to gain control, security and comfort in our lives. Unfortunately, we never really get it, so we keep …

The Zen Habits Guide to Letting Go of Attachments : zen habits

I’ve been finding more and more that the Buddha had it right: pretty much all of our struggles, from frustrations to anxiety, from anger to sadness, …