The stillness within

January, 2011

Tweet A few years ago, I was on a scuba diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia. The boat trip to the dive zone took about an hour and a half and many of the passengers on the boat grew seasick from the constant motion of the waves. Eventually […]

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The key to happiness in 1000 words and a picture

December, 2010

Tweet In the Buddhist model of how people experience the world, craving and aversion are both mental states to be avoided, because they lead to an experience of suffering. “Craving” is simply the outcome of the belief, held by most people, that sounds something like “getting what I want will make me permanently happy”. Conversely, […]

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How to expand your comfort zone

December, 2010

Tweet Living in your comfort zone may feel good, but it’s also a trap. When you feel uncomfortable, anxious, or fearful about something, that’s not a signal to avoid it – instead, it’s a message from your unconscious mind that this is an area where you have a great opportunity for growth and improvement. Push […]

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Travel is good for the mind, body and soul

November, 2010

Tweet Most people like traveling, or at least the idea of traveling. Part of this is because people tend to associate travel with holiday time, going some place that they really want to go, and doing whatever they want, whenever they want. This is the fantasy version of travel – absolute freedom, excitement, and liberation. […]

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How to deal with fear – a counterintuitive strategy

November, 2010

Tweet Recently, I’ve been thinking about fear. Some interesting blog posts here and here and here got me thinking a lot about the subject, and I revisited an earlier article of mine that offered several effective methods to get past your doubts and fears. Duff McDuffee wrote at Beyond Growth about the “inner critic“, that […]

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Stop procrastinating now – and make rapid progress on your most important goals

October, 2010

Tweet As I practice meditation more and more, I learn that it’s not about being perfect, or getting it right. After all, perfection is impossible, despite the dearest dreams of perfectionist people everywhere. Instead, meditation is about starting again and again. During meditation, your focus will probably get derailed lots of times during a single […]

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Learn the secret Jedi mind tricks of the world’s most creative people

October, 2010

Tweet A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. (Henry David Thoreau) No one can accomplish anything worthwhile without focusing their mind. The ability to consciously direct your attention toward exactly what you choose – at will – is one of the most important abilities for […]

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Why I’m glad that I caught a cold the the other day

October, 2010

Tweet The past couple of days, I’ve been mostly indoors, wearing pajamas. Yep, I had a cold. When I’m first getting a cold, when I first notice the symptoms, I get a certain feeling of unease and I hope that it’s not happening. After all, I’ve got so much stuff to do – blog writing, […]

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All I really need to know I learned in Fight Club

September, 2010

Tweet Warning: If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second off your life. Don’t you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can’t think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are […]

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One simple habit makes your success inevitable

September, 2010

Tweet Whatever you measure and act upon gets improved, and whatever you don’t measure doesn’t get improved. In fact, it almost certainly declines. To shift your life in the direction you want, it’s important to “count what counts”, and create the habit of tracking your progress. Consider the example of a garden. Someone tends the […]

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