Anger and Hatred: Why Hold Onto That Hot Coal?

Hatred does not cease by hatred. By kindness only is hatred healed.

Tired of all the Anger and Hatred? What would you do if you had a hot coal in your hand and you could feel it burning your flesh? You'd drop it, right? You can learn to do the same thing with emotions that burn, like anger and hatred. This week in the pause we will explore how to free yourself from the pain of anger and hatred.

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.

What is the point of meditation?

Why sit still? Why meditate? Why waste my time?

What is the point of meditation? This question comes up, in different ways, all the time. Quite reasonably, everyone considering developing a mindfulness meditation practice wants to know some version of, “why should I waste my time, sitting still (or walking slowly) and just watching my breath?” It does seem silly, doesn’t it? Sitting, doing nothing. When you could be doing…something. There are...

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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