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?”
Thinking of you all with prayers and love. Everything has changed! We’re all being challenged by the sudden appearance of this pandemic and all it brings with it.
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.
Developing mindfulness and awareness during a crisis can be like riding whitewater rapids. It’s easy to talk about, but actually doing it requires inner strength, stamina, and a firm resolve.
A big part of the transformational process is challenging negative self talk (mean and nasty internal dialogue). Again and again we need to look at, see, and then cut through the roots and causes of self hatred.
If we feel upset when things go wrong or something unpleasant and unexpected happens, we’re not exactly unique in this world. But if we develop the habit of holding on to these upset feelings, we may resort to drinking too much, using drugs, or overeating (using food like a drug) in a futile effort to try and feel better.
We want to be kind, but sometimes we hold ourselves back. Ask yourself these questions to see what you can learn about your relationship with kindness. Then try these 8 ways of making kindness a habit!
Jack Elias offers meditation advice for busy people, along with 3 ways to make time for meditation. Thanks to studies by Harvard researchers and others, the benefits of regular meditation are now widely recognized. Experience the benefits for yourself with these actionable tips!
Do you struggle when correcting your young child's behavior? When your toddler starts invading the kitchen cabinets, Jack Elias gives these 4 key guidelines for parenting with kindness.
People sometimes ask me, “Can your state of mind really impact your physical body?” I’m always a bit amazed that the debate as to whether our mental state affects our body seems to stick around.