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Archives for September, 2012

Addiction

It is What it is, While it is

We’ve all heard the common adage that “It is what it is,” telling us that whatever is happening is simply the reality of the current experience. But that's not the whole truth. The Now Effect adds, “It is what it is, while it is.”  This speaks to a larger reality that whatever is here is also impermanent. This saying can enrich our lives, helping us move through the difficult times...
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Addiction

The Upside to Embracing Dark Emotions

If there are two things we can count on in life besides death and taxes, it’s stress and pain. Stress and pain often manifest as difficult emotions such as sadness, anger, fear, shame, and guilt, among others. When these emotions come up the brain says, “Yikes, how do we fix this” and looks to the past to anticipate the future. Jerry Duvinsky, is a Psychologist who wrote a recent book called
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Altruism

7 Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss

Many of us grew up reading Dr. Seuss. If you have kids, you've likely relived your childhood reading over his books only to find, “Wow, there's some real wisdom in these books.” One book that has grown on me over time as an adult is Oh, the Places You'll Go! It brings you through all the experiences in life: the...
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Addiction

If You Wish to Experience Peace, Grab Your Smartphone?

The Dalai Lama, having had a life of reflection, comes up with some fairly wise quotes. One of them is:
“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.”
It helps to have that reflective time, but as you well know in today’s day and age, that reflective time is shrinking. We used to have reflective time while waiting in line, traveling home from work, waiting for the airplane to board, waiting...
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Addiction

Pain + Mindfulness = Compassion

Did you know that Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. at earlier points in their lives attempted suicide? How can it be that two of the most compassionate people on the planet endured such suffering in their lives? One answer has to be that perhaps there is actually an upside to suffering.

A good friend recently told me an equation that went like this:
Pain + Mindfulness = Compassion
What does this mean?...
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Addiction

If You Want to Be Happy, Practice “Compausion”

Today the Daily Now Moment I received was titled “Compausion”&  said:
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

~ Dalai Lama

Compassion is being able to step into someone else's shoes and inclining the mind toward wanting to help. Try bringing compassion to yourself or to another today, or revisit the week of compassion in earlier Daily Now Moments.

Bring this into your life...
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