A Cup Of Tea

A Cup Of Tea Author: Unknown Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No…

The Worm

The Worm Author: Unknown There is a wonderful little story about two monks who lived together in a monastery for many years; they were great friends. Then they died within a few months of one another. One of them got reborn in the heaven realms, the other monk got reborn as a worm in a…

An Exercise To Love And Approve Of Yourself

Now is the time to take your list of things that are wrong with you and turn them into positive affirmations. Or you can list all the changes you want to make and have and do. Then select three from this list and turn them into positive affirmations. Just suppose your negative list was something…

3 Important Self-Reflective Questions to Answer Before 2018

By Austin Adams Perhaps the best way to become a better person and grow from your experiences is—while ending a certain period of your life—reflecting on that chapter with honesty and courage to see what you need to change, add, reduce, and remove. Great self-reflection is about seeing all that’s happened, asking how those things…

5 Ways to Stoke Your Spirit for the Holidays

BY KATHRYN BUDIG Even when gift wrapping and pie baking edge out asana and meditation on your to-do list, there is still always an opportunity to connect with your truest Self. Follow us all month on Facebook and Instagram for spiritual inspiration and share how you #stokeyourspirit. Here, Kathryn Budig shares five of the ways she…

Small Actions, Huge Impact

BY LEO BABAUTA Most people get hung up because of a few reasons: A task or project is too intimidating/overwhelming, so they put it off. Sticking to new habits is hard, so they fail after a week or two. Life becomes overwhelming, because there’s so much to do, so many choices. The problems with these…

Single-Minded Devotion to a Task

BY LEO BABAUTA I’m going to share a secret to productivity, happiness and mindfulness that you can practice right now, and every day: Devote yourself single-mindedly to anything you do. And by that, I mean anything. For example, you can single-mindedly focus on: Writing Washing a dish Talking to someone Reading an online article Listening to a…

Silence The Ego

  “Ego says, Once everything falls into place, I will find peace. Spirit says, Find peace and everything will fall into place.” The ego is a master manipulator. It convinces one to listen to the mind, but fails to produce anything beyond temporary results. It relies on the human need for instant gratification and feeds…

Patience

In a society filled with smartphones, social media, instant news, and 500 horsepower, it is easy for one to expect things to be fast. Don’t get me wrong, speed is great. It allows us to have more time for more activities, family, hobbies, and friends. However, not everything is fast. Not everything needs to be…

Do You Truly Know How to Love Yourself?

by Louise Hay I am not a healer. I do not heal anyone. I think of myself as a stepping stone on a pathway of self-discovery. I create a space where people can learn how incredibly wonderful they are by teaching them to love themselves. After years of individual counseling with clients and conducting hundreds…