Category Archives: spirituality

Zen Mind – Beginner’s Mind: How to Tap into it

Beginner's Mind

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few. – Zen Master Shunryo Suzuki

What would you rather be, a beginner or an expert?

The answer seems clear, doesn’t it? Most people would choose to be an expert, and not a beginner.

In fact, many people hate being a noobie, rookie, greenhorn novice, or tenderfoot – or whatever derogatory words we use for beginners.

How To Find Compassion In Your Most Difficult Moments

Six years ago, I was a starry-eyed medical student, just starting on the long path to becoming a doctor and psychiatrist.

The first few years of medical school took place in the lecture hall, focusing on the basics of biology and anatomy.

Learning the compassionate side of medicine was limited to seminars on topics like how to communicate effectively and connect with patients.

It all sounded so nice and easy while sitting in a classroom talking about theory.

How a Simple Loving-Kindness Meditation Can Transform Your Life

loving-kindness-meditationBy Mary Jaksch

Do you want to change?

Do you maybe want to become happy, wise, peaceful, or simply – a better person?

When you look deeply into your desire for change, you may find something uncomfortable at the bottom – a lack of self-love and self-acceptance.

In ancient teachings reaching right back to the time of the Buddha, we can find ways to cultivate loving-kindness toward ourselves and others.

How Mindfulness Transforms Ordinary into Extraordinary

Learn Mindfulness meditation

By Mary Jaksch

When the mind is neither in the past or the future and we are completely present, our experience changes in a significant way.

Suddenly life seems more spacious and more peaceful.

When we are mindful, we are available for life, and aren’t trapped in our own little world.

Whether it’s peacefulness, or anger, or boredom, or elation, or fear –

How to Listen to the Nudges of Your Heart

listen to your heartA guest post by Christopher Foster of The Happy Seeker

Life can be unpredictable at times (English understatement). What do we do when trouble or disaster looms suddenly?

Here’s a lesson I learned many years ago:

I was 22 or 23, burning brush on a ranch in British Columbia. I must have been daydreaming because I looked up and saw with horror that the fire I had set was getting away on me.

10 Ways to Practice Compassion

A guest post by Annika Martins of The Catalyst Sessions

Think of the last time you encountered someone who was suffering.

Maybe they were coping with physical pain, financial struggles or the emotional weight of a divorce or the death of a loved one.

Would you define your response to them as compassionate?

Now think of the last time someone inconvenienced you.

Maybe an aggressive driver forced you to swerve off the road during rush hour or one of your children accidentally broke an expensive lamp.

Nature. Beauty. Gratitude

By Mary Jaksch

Beauty inspires gratitude. But only when we become aware of beauty.
Live rushes on and it’s easy to get immersed in the mind tape that takes about ‘me’, ‘mine’, ‘myself’ – instead of taking a moment to appreciate the beauty that is all around us.

Stop for a moment and appreciate whatever you see, hear, or feel right now. If you have a few minutes, watch the inspiring video below.

Deepak Chopra: Why Gratitude Helps You Get in Touch With Your Soul

By Mary Jaksch

Gratitude is a wonderful emotion. What happens when you feel grateful is that your ego disappears for a moment. Instead of trying to project yourself into the world, you become open and receptive.

If you want to feel happier, try keeping a ‘gratitude journal’. At night, just before going to sleep, write down everything you feel grateful for as you review the day. It’s a proven way to feel happier.

How to Turn Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance – Jonathan Field

Uncertainty must be present in the quest to create anything deeply meaningful.
From Jonathan Fields new book Uncertainty

By Mary Jaksch

Do you have creative ideas – but find it hard to make them happen?

All human beings are born creative. We all have good ideas. But on the path from idea to creation we can be ambushed by fear, doubt, and uncertainty –

Compassion and the True Meaning of Empathy – a Video by Joan Halifax

Zen Master Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she’s learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy. Watch the inspiring video below, or click here to watch it.

Did this video touch your heart? Please share your thoughts and feelings in the comments.