Compassion is Self-Care

Melbourne Perfection (1)


Melbourne, Australia, June 2016:


 


I am here to teach a two-day workshop on mindfulness applications for worry, dysthymia, substance use, anger management, etc (through TATRA). I get set up: PowerPoint slides - check, mic - check, a glass of water - check, coffee - The conference room...
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Self-Finding Difficulty

On a recent trip, at a random social moment I found myself looking for a word. It was one of those "tip of the tongue" situations where you know that you know the word but you can't immediately access it. Prior experience with my...
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How to Use Turn Signals and Create Peace on Earth

Ok now, I got your attention - your mind is following mine right now as you read and as I Thank you, I'll try to be quick and not misuse this

I've had this idea for years and kept waiting for an inspiration to write it down: it still hasn't come, so I am forcing it this why not?

Here it is, in short: you know how we have turn signals on...
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Secularizing Mindfulness

To secularize is to take religion out of something.

I want to talk briefly about secularizing mindfulness.  In my experience, the term "mindfulness" - as popularized as it's been over the last decade - can still evoke a kind of ideological hesitation.  And that makes...
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What Cracks Me Up

Imagine that one of these days some Jane Goodall learns to decode what primates (who live in the wild) talk about.  And so you would sit somewhere, perhaps, perched on your house steps or killing time in mass transit, scanning your news on your...
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Marvel at the Monkey Mind

A Sufi, Pir Vilayat, says: "Do not be afraid of the randomness of your "  He advises: focus on "what transpires behind what appears."

The average human brain has about 100 billion neurons.

What's a neuron?  A neuron is a cell, ie a life-form.

What do I mean by this?  A cell is a life-form: put it in a Petri dish, give it food and it'll live (exist) on its own.

So, you - the singular you...
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The Opportunity of Suffering

Suffering is an opportunity.  We usually see suffering as an obstacle to life - and it is most certainly that! - but it is also an opportunity.  How so?  You see, suffering is a turn inward, a withdrawal from the world.  Such an inward turn is a rare shift from extra-spection (looking at the world) to intro-spection (looking at oneself).

Keith Dowman, in The Flight of Garuda: the Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, writes:...
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The Lullaby of the Infinite Regress

Mindfulness - in its meta-cognitive rather than hedonic sense - is a clinical Swiss Army knife.  In my practice, I use it in a variety of contexts - for example, to deal with recyclic-and-recurrent depressogenic thoughts, with appetitive and compulsive problems, with craving control...
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Language is a Tongue That Kisses Itself

We are hopelessly hypnotized by language. Call it language samadhi. Take the case of lips. There are no lips. First of all, "lips" are not two - "lips" are a lip. Open your mouth, look at it in the mirror: do you see one circular lip or two lips? The lip - the one that surrounds your mouth - is an uninterrupted element, just like the rolled up sleeve on your sweater. Second,...
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