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Tag: mindfulness

At ease

I’m writing this from my bedroom where I’m listening to the birds sing and watching rainbows shimmer on the wall from the crystal that hangs in my window. The crystal is a large ball and above it there is a hummingbird. It’s very meaningful…

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A Course in Mindfulness

With its roots in Buddhism, mindfulness is an art unto itself. The practice allows us to slow down and to enjoy our moment to moment pleasures as well as deal with those situations that arise in the moment without carrying them throughout the days…

Lojong Slogan 46~Pay heed that the three never wane

This is part 46 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training technique. The three principles of the practice of Lojong are devotion, appreciation and discipline. This slogan gets to the point that our inspiration to practice loving kindness and compassion comes and…

Hard Lessons

Through life we are introduced to a wide variety of people. Some we feel instantly connected to, others over time we grow to love and still others we find very hard to be around. It’s often said that the people in our lives who…

Lojong Slogan 41~Two Activities: One at the Beginning, One at the End

This is part 41 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training technique to bring us closer to enlightenment. This slogan asks that each morning upon waking we consider what we can do to practice lojong. When we set our intention to become…

You're Not Alone

When I took my yoga teacher training on of the comments the Swamiji made stuck with me: We’re lucky to have an eighth of a second with no thoughts. An eighth of a second! Celebrate the times when you are able to observe your…

Lojong Slogan 30: Don't Be So Predictable

This is part 30 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training technique This slogan asks that we have a look at our automatic reactions so that we can be mindful of what has simply become habitual. Habits are just that, they can…

Lojong Slogan 29 ~ Abandon Poisonous Food

This is part 29 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training practice. The practice of loving kindness can become a poison if we let our egos get in on the act. Ego-fixation is seen as a poison in lojong. As humans, we…

Lojong 17: Practice the five strengths, the condensed heart instructions

This is part 17 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training technique. The five strengths according to this slogan, are determination, familiarization, virtue, reproach and aspiration. It is not enough to understand the slogans, we must also make an effort to incorporate…

Lojong Slogan 16: Whatever you meet unexpectedly, join with meditation

This is part 16 of my series on Lojong, Buddhist mind training. Being mindful is quite easy when life is going smoothly, when there aren’t any hiccups or any great excitement. When life is moving very quickly though, and we need to be ‘on’…