CategoryUnderstanding Mindfulness

How to solve the busy-mind problem.

“My meditation was bad today. I can’t focus. My mind is just too busy.” This is by far the most common complaint I see written on my students’ meditation logs. Often my students see it as a problem of such magnitude that it means they're incapable of meditating or of experiencing any benefit from meditation.

The Path to Happiness: Now I Understand!

Skillful Understanding

Have you ever wanted something really badly? So badly that you were sure that if you got it, you'd be forever happy? How long did that last? Were you happy forever as you hoped? Turns out that what we think leads to lasting happiness really doesn't. Understanding the causes of suffering and true happiness are what the Buddha called Skillful Understanding.

Do You Intend to Do Good?

Do You Intend to Do Good? Skillful Intentions

Everything begins with our intention. Before we speak or act, even if we are not aware of it, we are motivated by our intention. That's why the Buddha said that everything depends on our intentions and why Skillful Intention is one of the 8 steps to happiness.

Taking Some of the Work out of Work: Skillful Livelihood

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted...” -MLK, JR.

Have you ever been at work, just counting the minutes until you can leave, and irritated at everyone who speaks to you? What if we told you that the truth is that most jobs are not all fun and games? Fortunately, they don’t need to be for you to find meaning and even pleasure in them. Let's see what the Buddha says about skillful livelihood.

OMG. Did I just say that?

Skillful Speech - pause before you speak.

The Buddha was aware that our words can be incredibly destructive, which is why he made Skillful Speech one of the 8 steps on the path to the end of suffering. In this blog post, we explore what Skillful Speech is and how it can play a role in our lives.

The Mindful Twenty Something by Holly Rogers
“Wise, but not obscure. Practical, but lighthearted and inspiring.”

— MIRABAI BUSH, co-founder and Senior Fellow of The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

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