4-Part Webinar Series with Jack Elias, CHT We are all familiar with these 5 enemies of our well-being. And amid the difficulties we now face in our world, we may feel more vulnerable than ever to these inner trolls: Fear Blame Shame  Resentment Perfectionism We feel “bad” about having them.

Join us for this complimentary Zoom digital workshop hosted by Reimagine Festival: Life, Loss, and Love via LetsReimagine.org. Tuesday, June 30th, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PDT In this 1-1/2 hour workshop, Hypnosis/NLP trainer and longtime Buddhist practitioner Jack Elias will explain the 3 most common causes of anxiety and will teach 3 techniques to help you become free to flourish.

When a reporter asked HH the Dalai Lama how he was able to stay so cheerful and free of resentment towards the Chinese, who stole his homeland and killed thousands of his people, His Holiness said, “They have taken everything from us, should I let them take my mind as well?”

I was asked recently, “Given how much violence and political unrest has increased in our society, isn’t it healthy to fear for my child’s safety?” The welfare of our children is a compelling natural concern for almost all living beings – not just human beings.

Getting stuck in anxious energy and busyness, but getting nowhere. Does this sound familiar? I call it "running in place," and it's a sure sign that I’ve stopped giving myself love and compassion. When you notice yourself doing this, don’t think, “I have to stop this.” Instead, think, “Oh! I'm running-in-place! I must be denying myself love and compassion.” Then if you like, you can put your hand to your heart as you do in the Hands Over Heart Technique I mentioned in this earlier post. . . .

Meditation on impermanence and death is a profoundly helpful practice when done properly, without a “poor me” mentality. Looking directly at the impermanence and fragility of life can save us from arrogance, the numbing effects of an attitude of entitlement, and from greed, all of which depend on holding onto the notion that we are immortal and that our ”stuff” is permanent.

If we are accustomed to living a "good life" of relative privilege, we can tend to be ashamed that we're afraid of epidemics, terrorism, and climate change. This unfortunate combination of feelings makes it difficult to develop a good course of action.