Here’s a taste of my latest post at the What Meditation Really Is Blog.
“In the practice of meditation, having developed a sense of trust in oneself, slowly that expands its expression outward, and the world becomes a friendly world rather than a hostile world. You could say that you have changed the world: you have become the king or queen of the universe.
On the other hand, you can’t exactly say that, because the world has come toward you, to return your friendship. It tried all kinds of harsh ways to deal with you at the beginning, but finally the world and you begin to speak with each other, and the world becomes a real world, a completely real world, not at all an illusory world or a confused world. It is a real world. You begin to realize the reality of elements, the reality of time and space, the reality of emotions—the reality of everything.”
-Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
It’s easy to unwittingly use meditation as an escape from the real world.
Especially in these busy and chaotic times. We seek peace. We seek respite. Meditation can become a safe, cozy cocoon, where you attempt to withdraw to drown out the tornado of life….
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Book Review: Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney
I tend to be an impulsive person so I was automatically captivated by the title of this book: Willpower. Written by the pioneering research psychologist, Roy F. Baumeister, in collaboration with New York Times science writer, John Tierney, Willpower has proven its weight in gold.
One of the most powerful messages of Willpower – is that lack of self-control is an all-pervasive problem. A challenge that is only escalating in these modern times when there are more temptations than ever. In fact, one-fourth of our waking hours are spent resisting urges.
So if you find yourself low on willpower there’s no need to hide in embarrassment. Almost everyone else is just like you.
That doesn’t mean developing willpower is a hopeless endeavor. The authors provide reams of scientific evidence to the contrary. And they outline the essential knowledge and tips you need to succeed.
There’s a very good reason to focus on willpower: happiness.
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In his article Love the Bombs, the popular personal development blogger Steve Palvina asks,
“Do you feel that poverty, war, famine, disease, imprisonment, etc. are all negative experiences that we should avoid as much as possible? Are these scourges that we must rid the planet of? Are they terrible things for anyone to have to experience?”
The vast majority would answer “yes” – don’t you think? I bet Palvina would probably add global warming into the mix too. He goes on to explain his logic,
“These experiences have been with us for a long time for a very good reason. They help us grow. And so we’re going to continue creating them as long as they continue to serve that purpose so well.”
According to Palvina, there’s no point in trying to change the world,
“You’re not going to change these aspects of reality, not because you don’t care about people, but because deep down there’s a part of you that recognizes the intrinsic value of such experiences, even if you’re not ready to consciously acknowledge that.”
He concludes that “the world is perfect as it is”. Palvina says that what really needs attention is your relationship to it.
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