Encouragement

Thoughts Lie

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Lately, I’ve been reminded how our thoughts can be far from the truth. In my work as a language teacher, I often find that my mind predicts how certain classes will go. It’s easy to get sucked into that story and to take it all as 100% truth.  Yet when I’m in front of the […]

Mindfulness Practices

Birthdays

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At my school,  we have a Buddhist monk who acts as a spiritual mentor and advisor. He offered us a special reflection on birthdays that I find quite powerful. In a nutshell, celebrating being born and surviving another year of life is great but it’s not a one-person job. Your birthday wouldn’t be possible without […]

Encouragement

Being Mindful of Pain

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Holding stomach in pain

Living in Thailand for 5 months meant it was only a matter of time before it happened: food poisoning. On a bright morning and as I was preparing to go to the city to see some friends, it struck and it struck hard. Eating was not an option. It was 24 hours of agony – […]

Encouragement

Delayed But Not Stressed

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To hear this post, click the play button below:   I had an interesting experience with stress recently that I’d like to share with you.   In October, I flew on a long flight to Asia. The airline was new to me and so was the airport for my stopover. Everything seemed fine flying from […]

Encouragement

Meditation is Like Playing Guitar

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To hear this post, click the play button below: This month, I started playing guitar again after a year long break. It was very difficult at first. My hands and fingers felt as if they were asleep, ignoring where my mind clearly pointed them to go. It was frustrating – especially since I was looking […]

Encouragement

The Seeds of Anger

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Good Morning! I’d like to share some of an article called Uprooting the Seeds of Anger by Jules Shuzen Harris with you: “We all know anger from experience, but when we are asked to pause and consider, “What is this anger?” it’s not always so easy to see what it is. Yet when we approach our feelings […]

Encouragement

Rise and Return from Sleep

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“Let me be the one who will rise and return from sleep.” This line from the song Let This River Flow by the Swedish heavy metal band Soilwork carries much meaning for me. As I explored mediation and Buddhism, I read several books by Pema Chodron, who refers to our choices as either ‘waking up’ […]