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How to Stop Falling for the Body’s False Alarms

Imagine you are back in your school days and you look over just in time to spot that mischievous classmate of yours pulling the fire alarm. Instantly, the bells start clanging and the lights start flashing. It’s total chaos. Understandably, some people are clearly panicked. They are half walking, half running in an attempt to flee the threat. After all,

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Mindfulness

Being Awake While You Are Alive Part 2

In Part 1, we talked about why our defacto mode of mindlessness perhaps developed and is exacerbated by this high tech-world of ours. We touched on some of the reasons why we might want to develop this skill of being awake that Dan Harris has dubbed a “superpower.” In this blog, I want to dive right in to some practices,

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Mindfulness

Being Awake While You Are Alive Part 1

“An average human looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odor or fragrance, and talks without thinking.” – Leonardo Da Vinci I have to admit, I felt a slight sense of writer’s block coming on when I thought about writing this blog. After all, what could be written about presence or mindfulness that hasn’t already? There are countless

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Control

How To Stop Trying To Control Everything Part 2

It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.” Nisargadatta Maharaj In Part 1, we talked about how control is like a compulsion. It feels uncontrollable, it’s rooted in fear and

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Control

How To Stop Trying To Control Everything Part 1

Here’s a measure of “progress.” What have you let go of today? What have you said and meant “Fuck it” to today? Each letting go is a relief, a move toward increased tranquility, awareness, a joy and fulfillment. A Mentor A mother brings her child to Gandhi to seek counsel because the child is eating too much candy. Gandhi tells

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Mindfulness

Stepping Back with Awareness

Waking up is not an end to our neuroses, it just puts an end to them being a personal obstacle that must be overcome. – Joan Tollifson Oftentimes, we get rigidly tied to a definition of self. That definition could be positive in the case of “I am an attractive person” or negative in the case of “I am dumb

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