Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Monday, June 3, 2013


#mindfulness is about learning to inhabit our own body and the only moment in which we are ever alive - this one @JonKabatZinn

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#Dreamboard at the first international conference on #Mindfulness in Rome with @JonKabatZinn:
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“Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” - By @JonKabatZinn

Fascinating documentary of "Healing &the Mind - Healing from Within"

  1. practice should require very little effort, because being requires no effort whatsoever.
  2. Placing all our hope on material development is clearly mistaken; the ultimate source of happiness is within us.

Anxiety comes from the future. 
Sorrow comes from the past. 
Peace comes from the present

What we most need is what's already given to us.

"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path." - Buddha

"You must be willing to life itself become your teacher" - Jon Kabat-Zinn #mindfulness

"The beginner's mind is undefended, without the barriers of self-regard, without concern for the judgments of others".  ~ Sallie Tisdale

"The journey is the reward." #morningmantra

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With mindfulness, we relate to our experience, rather than just from our  experience. We aren't so easily caught in thoughts and feelings.

Mindfulness means relating to experience with equanimity. From this ground of acceptance, we can act consciously, unfettered by reactivity.

Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety - Aesop

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art - Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Sometimes ingratitude arises from the impossibility to return a favour - Honore de Balzac

Our greatest misfortunes come to us from ourselves - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Thought forms in the soul in the same way clouds form in the air - Joseph Joubert

He is not a lover who does not love forever - Euripides

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life - Confucius

After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music - Aldous Huxley

The greatest remedy for anger is delay - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament - George Santayana

Your eyes are always bigger than your stomach - Confucius

We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Man's chief merit consists in resisting the impulses of his nature - Samuel Johnson

Entropy is the normal state of consciousness - a condition that is neither useful nor enjoyable - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste - Marcel Duchamp

Eighty percent of success is showing up - Woody Allen

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it - Bill Cosby

Beware the barrenness of a busy life - Socrates

An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself - Charles Dickens

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent - Thomas Jefferson

All things are difficult before they are easy - Thomas Fuller

Rumi ~ "Your path is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself you

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"Most physicists are Platonists. They believe mathematical relationships represent some kind of transcendent truth"

The first session defines meditation and describes the Buddhist teachings that give a context to the path of practice. We explore the two basic types of meditation--concentration and mindfulness--and then focus on the ground of mindfulness training: bringing mindful attention to the breath and bodily sensations. Guided meditations include setting intention and the sacred pause; learning to "come back" using an anchor of the breath; and "being here" with an embodied presence.

Tara Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. The result is a distinctive voice in Western Buddhism, one that offers a wise and caring approach to freeing ourselves and society from suffering.

 Stuidied psychology and political science. During this time, while working as a grass roots organizer for tenants’ rights, she also began attending yoga classes and exploring Eastern approaches to inner transformation. After college, she lived for ten years in an ashram—a spiritual community—where she practiced and taught both yoga and concentrative meditation. When she left the ashram and attended her first Buddhist Insight Meditation retreat, led by Joseph Goldstein, she realized she was home. “I had found wisdom teachings and practices that train the heart and mind in unconditional and loving presence,” she explains. “I knew that this was a path of true freedom.”

Over the following years, Tara earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Institute, with a dissertation exploring meditation as a therapeutic modality in treating addiction. She went on to complete a five-year Buddhist teacher training program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, under the guidance of Jack Kornfield. Working as both a psychotherapist and a meditation teacher, she found herself naturally blending these two powerful traditions—introducing meditation to her therapy clients and sharing western psychological insights with meditation students. This synthesis has evolved, in more recent years, into Tara’s groundbreaking work in training psychotherapists to integrate mindfulness strategies into their clinical work.

In 1998, Tara founded the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMCW), wh

which is now one of the largest and most dynamic non-residential meditation centers in the United States. She gives presentations, teaches classes, offers workshops, and leads silent meditation retreats at IMCW and at conferences and retreat centers across North America. Her themes reveal the possibility of emotional healing and spiritual awakening through mindful, loving awareness as well as the alleviation of suffering in the larger world by practicing compassion in action. She helped create the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship and has fostered efforts to bring principles and practices of mindfulness to issues of diversity, peace, and environmental sustainability, as well as to prisons and schools. Recently, she co-founded the DC-based Meditation Teacher Training Institute to help address the growing demand for the teachings of mindfulness and compassion.

In addition to numerous articles, videos, and hundreds of recorded talks, Tara is the author of the book Radical Acceptance (2003) and True Refuge: Finding Peace & Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart (Bantam, 2013). She has a son, Narayan, and lives in Great Falls, VA, with her husband, Jonathan Foust; their 2 dogs; and her mother, Nancy Brach.

We need to strengthen such inner values as contentment, patience and tolerance, as well as compassion for others.

Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.
Most of our problems are related to the mind, so we have to work to reduce our destructive emotions.

If we can refrain from harming others in our everyday actions and words, we can start to give more serious attention to actively doing good.

Placing all our hope on material development is clearly mistaken; the ultimate source of happiness is within us.

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