Hmmm. I’m pondering this thinking that was shared by a friend. The teacher’s name is Jan Silvious…
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I’m reading a new book on self-compassion that looks very promising. It’s called The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions. Here is an excerpt from the introduction:
Life is tough. Despite our best intentions, things go wrong, sometimes very wrong. Ninety percent of us get married, full of hope and optimism, yet 40% of marriages end in divorce. We struggle to meet the demands of daily life, only to find ourselves needing care for stress-related problems like high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, or a weakened immune system. How do we typically react when things fall apart? More often than not, we feel ashamed and become self-critical: “What’s wrong with me?” “Why can’t I cope?” “Why me?” Continue reading
More good stuff from Brian Johnson:
Do you consider them to be failures and a reflection of the individual (including yourself), or do you view them as being opportunities for growth and a natural part of being human?
In this 4-minute video, the Philosopher’s Notes author, Brian Johnson discusses the importance of having a healthy mindset when it comes to making mistakes.
We love the reassuring analogy he uses that life is similar to a great long movie and that – as with any movie where scenes are often filmed many times in order to get them right – the setbacks or failures we may experience are really just “mis-takes”, rather than actual mistakes.
I used to be ‘turned off’ by people who looked and talked like this but lately I find I’m learning more about being ‘Christlike’ from Buddhists…
Jung wrote that our suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche. This talk explores ways we can establish a healing presence by recognizing and communicating with the parts of our being that we habitually ignore or judge…
With most of us constantly projecting our minds to the future, or re-living the dusty roads of the past, are we ever really able to experience complete joy in a moment – or authentic happiness – if our minds are constantly somewhere else?
In this 5-minute video, Sam Harris, author, philosopher and neuroscientist, takes you on a thought-provoking journey forcing you to consider how you’d feel about your life if this very moment was your last; making you realize how obsolete the events of the past or the future really are.
Dove posted on Monday a three-minute ad on YouTube that teaches a vital lesson about how we view ourselves compared to how others see us. Trust us, it’s worth your time.
A former forensic artist for the San Jose police department met a series of women and asked each to describe the way they look. He had no way of seeing them behind a curtain. He prompted them to detail everything: hair length, facial structure, their most prominent features. He then sketched each participant from their self-description.
Each woman was asked before the study to get to know one of the other participants. The forensic artist then prompted each woman to describe the other’s face.
The True Meaning of Compassion
"As man draws nearer to the stars, why should he not also draw nearer to his neighbor?" ~ Lyndon B. Johnson
The trance of selfing…
You are more creative than you think.
You are more powerful than you think.
You are more resourceful than you think.
You are more important than you think.
You are more intelligent than you think.
You are more extraordinary than you think.
You are more desired than you think.
You are more polished than you think.
You are more capable than you think.
You are more loved than you think.
You are more loving than you think.
You are more ready than you think.
You are MORE than you think.
Yesterday on my business blog I interviewed thought leader and TEDTalker Nilofer Merchant on the topic of ‘Onlyness’:
In her book 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era, she writes:
Celebrate onlyness. The foundational element starts with celebrating each human and, more specifically, something I’ve termed onlyness. Onlyness is that thing that only one particular person can bring to a situation. It includes the skills, passions, and purpose of each human. Onlyness is fundamentally about honoring each person, first as we view ourselves and second as we are valued. Each of us is standing in a spot that no one else occupies. That unique point of view is born of our accumulated experience, perspective, and vision. Some of those experiences are not as “perfect” as we might want, but even those experiences are a source of ideas and creativity. Without this tenet of celebrating onlyness, we allow ourselves to be simply cogs in a machine—dispensable and undervalued. Continue reading
Brigitte Meinders writes:
The word “Namaste” has become quite mainstream thanks to the explosive popularity of the yoga industry in recent years. I’m sure you’ve said it before, and you probably have an idea of the general meaning of it. It’s a way for your soul to recognize and acknowledge the soul of another.
It would be amazing if more people took the time to really understand why we should ALL be saying Namaste to one another, and were able to shift their perspective a little bit to see other people for what they really are.
Think of yourself as a vessel filled with light. Light that changes colors depending on what angle you are looking at it, and those colors represent the many experiences you’ve had in your life. Your soul has become all of the sunsets you’ve watched, the ocean air you’ve breathed, the friends you’ve made, the love you’ve shared, the times that made you laugh and cry. You are all of your experiences.
Each and every person out there is the same way. The person in the car next to you, the cashier at the grocery store, your mailman, your friend, your spouse, even that annoying co-worker… they all carry with them that same ever-changing light, a spectrum of colors that uniquely defines them and their life experiences. They too have experienced love and pain, they have their history, their own things they hold dear, and have seen their own beautiful sights. No two are the same, yet we all have it inside us.
It’s so easy to see only the surface of a person and dismiss them for only what they are presenting to you in a given situation. But we’re all connected in that we carry around our entire life — each experience you have, each interaction, all of it is with you all the time.
The next time you find yourself passing a person on the street, in a meeting, or talking with your friends, try to be aware of the enormity of what they’re actually carrying around with them. Practicing this makes the ability to forgive and accept much easier.
To me, Namaste means that I see you. I understand we’re both souls trying to make our way in this world, all part of some larger plan. I know that while the color of our lights may shine differently, we all share the same internal fire, and my soul bows to and acknowledges that in your soul.
“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” ~Lao Tzu