Compassion and altruism are the keys to creating a better future and understanding what it means to be alive during humanity’s greatest crisis.
“If there’s a rhinoceros coming at a group of people full speed, everybody gets up and runs. If you say, ‘There’s a rhinoceros coming in 30 years,’ people will ask, ‘What’s the problem?’”
Source: Why It’s Time for Humans to Slow Down | Heleo
In 2016, I practiced mindfulness more than I ever have before, after 10 years of sporadic practice.
I meditated regularly, practiced with a local Zen group, did a great one-day sitting, went on a retreat, took courses, read books, practiced mindful eating and exercise, learned some great new practices, and taught several mindfulness courses.
I learned a lot about how to cultivate a more mindful life, and I’d like to encourage you to try it this year.
Why? A few good reasons:
- You learn to be awake to the present moment more, and lost in the daydream of your thoughts less.
- You begin to see your mental patterns that affect everything you do, and thus begin to free yourself of those patterns.
- You learn to be frustrated less, and let go more. And smile more.
- You learn to be better at compassion, equanimity, love, contentment.
- You learn to be better at not procrastinating, and better at building better habits.
I could go on about better mental and physical health, better relationships, less fear … but the reasons I’ve given are strong enough. It’s important stuff.
So how do we cultivate a year of mindfulness? I’m glad you asked.
Source: How to Cultivate a Year of Mindfulness : zen habits
Mindfulness can bring up all kinds of uncomfortable emotions. That means you’re no the right track. Feeling is the key to healing and finding peace.
Source: When Mindfulness Hurts: Feeling Is the Key to Healing
Most of us have amazing family members, friends, and other loved ones who love us back. Learn to appreciate what a gift that is. Most of us have good health, which is another gift. Most of
Source: 3 Great Ways to Force Yourself to Be More Grateful (and a Lot Happier)
Summary: I know I’m guilty of it, and I bet you are too. When people walk up to you and ask you how you’re doing, your immediate response is, and you say it with pride, “I’m busy. I’m so very very busy”. Like we’ve conditioned ourselves to not only say this, but to actually be […]
Source: Busy is Still Bad | Brett Blair