Alan Watts talks about the art of meditation and why it is important to everyone.
Hawks aren’t social animals like dogs or horses; they understand neither coercion nor punishment. The only way to tame them is through positive reinforcement with gifts of food. You want the hawk to eat the food you hold – it’s the first step in reclaiming her that will end with you being hunting partners. But the space between the fear and the food is a vast, vast gulf, and you have to cross it together. I thought, once, that you did it by being infinitely patient. But no: it is that you must become invisible. You’re trying to get her to look at the steak, not at you, because you know – though you haven’t looked – that her eyes are fixed in horror at your profile. All you can hear is the wet click, click, click of her blinking.
To cross this space between fear and food you need…
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Everything is here! Thank you, Bob!
This magical realm we call “the world”
is a wild wonder beyond human reckoning!
The mere appearance of anything at all
is a perpetual mystery of pure awe
and relentless astonishment!
These ever-shifting props that provide
the sense of time and change are nothing
but children’s toys the Great One
juggles like batons in the air!
How thrilling to suddenly realize
we ourselves are This!
The synchronous majesty
of our infinitely expansive being
is the perfect body of the Beautiful One,
the One who is living us now, dreaming
us now as the very miracle we Are.
Any rain-splashed leaf is nothing
but another moistened kiss of Infinity.
Every wandering breeze rustling trees —
the amorous breath of our own Divinity.
Every sigh, every breath, every beat of heart
is an orchestrated choir of regal rapture.
Every molecule of light amazes itself
at its own inexplicable appearance.
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Is kindness just an old-fashioned value celebrated in kindergarten and then soon forgotten as one grows older and more ambitious — or is there more to it?
As increasing numbers of people look to live a purpose-driven life, research is beginning to reveal the tremendous rewards that come with living kindly. What follows are some of the most compelling recent studies on the topic of kindness, and the ramifications they hold for ourselves and our world.
“The biggest news is that we’re able to change something physical about people’s health by increasing their daily diet of positive emotion, and that helps us get at a long-standing mystery of how our emotional and social experience affects our physical health,” says researcher and author Barbara Fredrickson.
The change only occurred in practitioners who became happier and felt more socially connected; for those who…
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Whenever I am less than content, I simply observe myself:
What is going on (facts)?
What story do I tell myself to make sense of the situation?
How are my beliefs affecting my body?
When I check in with myself in this way, nature aligns with reality and I return to a more peaceful traveler in life.
Try it. Get centered!
Watch this classic short video explaining consumerism, then take a nice pause, and let go.
This is the season when consumption skyrockets. The average American spends over $800 on seasonal gifts, even though a national survey (by Center for a new American Dream) indicates that over 70% of Americans would welcome less emphasis on gift giving and spending.
Need proof that people don’t need more “stuff”? The Environmental Protection Agency, estimates that from Thanksgiving to New Year’s household waste increases by more than 25%. That’s an additional million tons of unneeded gifts, packaging and shopping bags – a week!
It’s very fitting, then, that I share one of my favorite visually appealing explanations of the issues surrounding consumerism – The Story of Stuff – which has now rightly turned into a movement. Check out the video above, and consider re-evaluating how and what you give this season. Better yet, consider being more intentional with the way you interact with “stuff” all the time.
Convinced, but unsure how to get through the…
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When I first thought about Borderline Personality Disorder or BPD. A few things came to mind: fear, that it was a “woman’s issue”, but mostly that it was a VERY difficult disorder to have or treat.
Since my often wrong “first thoughts”, I have learned a lot about BPD, and with exposure, reading, and opening my neural pathways I have grown to understand that although it has a bad wrap in society, it is a very interesting and important disorder to treat and understand.
Per usual, some Psych Myth Busters:
1. Only women get BPD.
While the vast majority of BPD cases are in fact female, 2 out of 10 cases are male. 20% is a large number to look over, and researchers have also stipulated that men tend to not seek help for mental health issues as often as women. Thus, as far as we know–gender doesn’t play a…
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