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Tag: Pema Chödrön

When Things Fall Apart: How to Cope in Difficult Times

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Did you know an eclipse – lunar or solar – can trigger sudden, irrevocable change in your life that comes about due to external circumstances? I used to fear eclipses for this very reason.

I disliked unexpected change.  The kind of change that can make your head spin in disbelief and leave your knees knocking loudly.  The kind of change you didn’t ask for.  The kind of change you don’t want.

Fortunately, every eclipse doesn’t effect every person so dramatically.  But still, you can’t escape change forever.  There’s also the unfolding of karma – the fruition of your past actions – which can twist your world around in abrupt and surprising ways.

Change will arrive in this lightning-like way at some point in your life.  What will you do?

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A Treasury of Free Meditation Resources: 100+ Audios, Videos, & Articles

Want to learn to meditate or re-inspire your meditation. This collection includes more than 100 audios, videos, & articles on mindfulness, loving-kindness, and transforming emotions. Click through to see which ones might inspire you!

Updated on September 6, 2016

The more and more you listen, the more and more you hear; the more and more you hear, the deeper and deeper your understanding becomes.”  – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

You may have moments of peace and clarity, but do they last?

Chances are the upheavals of life are constantly sucking you into chaos, confusion, and uncertainty.  The small speed bumps you encounter on any given day may also slow you down and tip your mood for the worse.

Most of us would benefit from regular doses of inspiration.  Indeed, we need infusions of practical wisdom to maintain a sane perspective, keep an open heart, and see the utter ridiculousness of many of our trials and tribulations.

The Three Wisdom Tools

Meditation is one way to bring your mind home — to relax the stress, release the grasping and find greater ease.

But actually there are Three Wisdom Tools to help you discover and stay aligned to your true self:

  • The wisdom of listen and hearing
  • The wisdom of contemplation and reflection
  • The wisdom of meditation and application

Following are some of the most inspiring video, audio, and written teachings on meditation, compassion, and wisdom you’ll find in cyberspace.  And, they’re free.  They represent the first wisdom tool:  listening and hearing plus reading.

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Wrangling with Change and Winning

Here’s a taste of my latest entry at the What Meditation Really Is Blog:

“What a relief!  The last eclipse of the year occurs today. But there’s more to come next year!

An eclipse can trigger sudden, irrevocable change in your life that comes about due to external circumstances.

Yikes!  Unexpected change.  The kind of change that can make your head spin in disbelief and leave your knees knocking loudly.

Fortunately, every eclipse doesn’t effect every person so dramatically.

But still, you can’t escape change forever.  There’s also the unfolding of karma – the fruition of your past actions – which can also twist your world around in abrupt and surprising ways.

Change will arrive in this lightning-like way at some point in your life.  What will you do?

Please read more about When Things Fall Apart at the What Meditation Really Is blog.  I would love to hear your comments there.

October 2011 Review: Letting Go

[Editor’s Note:  I write a monthly review.  This is/was October 2011.  If you’ve arrived here from The Paradise Post, welcome!  Just click here to read the full article The Magic of Hypnotherapy.]

Strong rains have pummeled the earth several nights in a row now.  The rainy season has arrived.

Just as the seasons change, so do we.

When it comes to change, I’ve been reminded how it often involves these five stages of grief defined by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross:

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

It’s now understood that these five stages may be relevant not only in the process of dying, but in many different types of life transitions.  Especially ones that occur with a jerk.  The stages do not neatly occur in a linear fashion.  Some stages may be skipped.  And not everyone undergoes them.

But I have.  And I’ve found the denial stage especially tricky.  By its very definition, you don’t realize you are even in denial.  And it can get all mixed up with bargaining.  Until a sharp needle pricks the bubble, allowing clarity to emerge.

But it could be anger instead of clarity that pops out, which has its own challenges.  There’s the danger of turning it on yourself or projecting it outwardly.   Neither of which leads to happiness for one’s self or others.

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