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6 Awesome Zen Thoughts on Water & Waves

6 Awesome Zen Thoughts on Water & Waves

    There is something calm, cool, and contemplative about water – from a still puddle to the shifting ocean. And accordingly, poets, spiritualists, and writers from antiquity to the modern era have found limitless inspiration in so many waves, ripples and reflections. Here are some Zen inspired thoughts from across the ages on water, and its ability to bring clarity and peace to the human mind.    Silence reveals our true nature. We cannot see our reflection in running...

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Zen Wisdom – How Breathing Brings Us To The Present

Zen Wisdom – How Breathing Brings Us To The Present

    Each moment, we are doing something vital for our existence – we are breathing. Even when we are unaware, the act of breathing sustains us – connecting us to the environment and enabling a complex interaction of chemicals that enables life. In Zen teachings, breath becomes something even greater than a means of existence. For wise masters, each breath is also a way of becoming aware and enlightened to the miracle of being alive in every moment: “Breathing in, I am aware of...

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10 Quotes from Spiritual Traditions on Following the Path Within

10 Quotes from Spiritual Traditions on Following the Path Within

    The search for greater meaning in our lives is universal – shared by countless seekers and travelers for as long back as we collectively remember. And no matter what path we walk, or what tradition we follow, one thing remains the same – all that we are really searching for in life, likely exists already within the human heart. Here are 10 quotes from spiritual teachers, philosophers, poets, and even one scientist, on where we need to look to discover the true location of...

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Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation

Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation

    Mindfulness of Breathing is a widely practiced meditation designed to cultivate a fuller awareness of the present moment. By focusing intently on each breath or cycle of breathing, practitioners learn to relax the body and slow the mind, resulting in greater understanding of one’s thoughts. Originally rooted in Buddhism, Mindfulness of Breathing is also known as Anapanasati – an essential meditation practice across many eastern schools and traditions. The process of awakening...

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Dalai Lama Wisdom – Advice on Compassion, Kindness, and Patience

Dalai Lama Wisdom – Advice on Compassion, Kindness, and Patience

    Beneath the differences of human culture and traditions, wise leaders and teachers recognize the presence of one universal love – a force that propels each of us towards what we are capable of becoming in this life. Spiritual leader Tenzin Gyatso, better known as the 14th Dalai Lama, has promoted peace and understanding as pathways towards universal love for as long as he has been teaching in the West. Below are some of his cherished bits of advice, gleaned from his heart’s...

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Zen Story: Full Awareness

Zen Story: Full Awareness

    After ten years of study, a monk attained the rank of Zen Teacher. One rainy day soon after his advancement, he journeyed to visit his old Zen Master. When he walked into the house, the Master greeted him with a question. “Tell me, did you leave your sandals and umbrella on the porch?” “Yes,” replied the Teacher. “And tell me,” the Master continued, “Did you leave your umbrella to the left or to the right of your sandals?” The Teacher realized he did not know the...

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Origins of Love – Quotes from Spiritual Traditions

Origins of Love – Quotes from Spiritual Traditions

  Beneath everything that separates the world from itself, love holds us firm to one another. Here are ten perception-changing quotes on the concept and practicality of love – taken from some of the world’s great spiritual teachers. “Love is like the flame of a lamp or candle. It cannot help but give light to others.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufism “Love is the reality, and it is not a mere emotion. It is the great Truth that lies behind all of creation.” – Rabindranath...

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Zen Story: Paradise

Zen Story: Paradise

    Two men wander the desert, hopelessly lost. Tired and thirsty, they ascend a large sand dune – only to discover a giant stone wall. On the other side of the wall they can hear water rushing and birds chirping. They smell fresh flowers, and above their heads, tree branches laden with fresh fruit hang over the wall’s edge. With a smile the first man climbs the wall and disappears into the garden. With a smile, the other returns to the desert, seeking other lost...

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What Is Loving Kindness Meditation?

What Is Loving Kindness Meditation?

  Introduction Loving Kindness Meditation is a form of meditation based on mantras and exercises that promote healthy feelings of love towards oneself and the universe in general. Loving Kindness Meditation (“LKM” for short) helps practitioners to open and “sweeten” the mind – emphasizing healing thoughts of compassion and acceptance over harmful doubt and confusion. Loving Kindness Meditation firstly teaches kindness and patience towards self, then gently moves the individual...

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The History and Origin of Meditation

The History and Origin of Meditation

    Meditation helps heal the mind, balance the body, and restore the spirit – all wonderful pathways of finding peace in modern life. Meditation practice, however, goes back much further than recent history, beginning even before the Buddhist tradition. Meditation: A quick glance through time: While early texts are muddled, and archaeological finds sketchy at best, there is enough evidence to suggest that people practiced meditation at the earliest stages of civilization – going...

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