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17 Powerful Byron Katie Quotes That Will Breakthrough Your Pain

Byron Katie Quotes

These 17 quotes from Byron Katie’s new book, A Mind At Home With Itself, have challenged my difficult thoughts in the best possible way.  Reading this book inspired me to let go of painful thoughts that have kept me in a cycle of grief and anger for months.

But “I” didn’t have to let go.  The books seemed to contain a magic that released the thoughts for me.  Or, deeply inspired, maybe I momentarily let go of the “I” that had been clinging to this particular pain for too long.  In its place, I found joy.

A Mind At Home With Itself is Byron Katie’s commentary on the “Diamond Sutra,” one of the great spiritual texts of all time. This sutra addresses the idea of “no-self,” a fundamental principle in Buddhism.  This mind-boggling idea is contrary to the conditioning we receive in the West, which encourages us to solidify the sense of “I” through competition, success, and consumerism.

In this commentary, Katie makes the shocking idea of “no-self” a bit more user friendly.  And, she provides a method, called “The Work,” to help you actualize the experience of living without a solidified sense of self.

Here’s the truth, you can’t find true happiness as long as you cling to your thoughts, emotions, or sense of a solidified self.  So although you may have no reference point for some of the ideas in these quotes, keep an open mind.   Katie provides a clear path to help you break through your emotional pain.  And isn’t that what we all want?

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How to Reclaim Your Calm When Life Feels Chaotic

Reclaim Your Inner Calm

Do you long for equanimity? I do, but these days I find calm hard to come by.  The world around me, right now, teems with anxiety, anger, and fear, which understandably stirs me up too.

For example, I embroiled myself in a contentious debate on the internet yesterday morning.  An hour later, my acupuncturist told me my liver meridian, the one associated with anger, displayed signs of imbalance — partially acute, partially chronic.

The body doesn’t lie, does it?  While you might charge forward to your next activity, unless processed, anger can penetrate and accumulate in your physical being.

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33 Powerful Morning Mantras That Will Transform Your Day

Morning Mantras

Every morning, I choose a word or phrase, a “mantra,” to guide my day.  My daily mantra keeps me tuned into my most important emotional, mental, and spiritual priorities for the next 24 hours.

It also sets the tone for the day.  If life feels frazzled, my mantra reminds me to breathe, relax, or rest.  If I’m feeling unsure, it encourages me to embrace my authority.  If I’m distracted, it nudges me to return to the present moment.

I need more than a single word or phrase of the year because I constantly change as does the world around me.  The perfect personal message on a peaceful day will not necessarily suit me on a chaotic day.

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5 Things You Need to Know for a More Enlightened Life

Life Lessons

I like to track my life lessons from birthday to birthday, the time it takes the sun to go through the entire zodiac and return to the position of my natal sun, astrologically speaking, rather than by the calendar year.

Astrologically, things tend to shift around your birthday each year, when you may become aware of new directions, opportunities, or challenges.  In fact, you may notice the change up to three months in advance of your birthday, or even as late as three months after your birthday, depending on whether you’ve processed the themes, issues, and life lessons from the previous year.

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How to Soften Anger with Tender Mindfulness

How to soften anger with tender mindfulness.

Anger is complex, isn’t it?  You want a peaceful world, but you don’t always feel peaceful inside.

Sometimes your anger burns so strongly that you explode, and then find you’ve made matters worse.  Other times, you try to restrain your fury.

But what happens when you bury displeasure inside of yourself, especially if you do so consistently?  Research shows that anger, when overly expressed or suppressed on a regular basis, can damage your physical or emotional health.

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37 Fun Activities That Will Re-Introduce You to the Power of Play

How adults benefit from play

Do you play every day?  If not, consider the powerful boost play could give your emotional, mental, and physical well-being.  Most notably, play can:

  • Relieve stress when endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, are released.  As an added bonus, endorphins can reduce pain too.
  • Enhance brain function when you engage in cognitively challenging games like puzzles, word games, memory games, or math games.
  • Boost your creativity and stimulate your imagination.
  • Reduce social isolation, mitigate depression, and increase connection, trust, and intimacy.
  • Improve your social skills if they happen to be rusty.
  • Inject more vitality into your relationsip, deepen your feelings of intimacy, and help you to heal resentments and wounds.
  • And finally, playful communication can lighten up a heavy situation, break through anger and help you move through an impasse

Seems like play is just what we need, doesn’t it?

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