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Words That Inspire Self-confidence, Joy, and Hope

Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am committed to learn to speak truthfully, with words that inspire self-confidence, joy, and hope.  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, from the Fourth Mindfulness Training In the last post, Speak Truthfully, we discussed what it means to speak truthfully and what it means to not speak truthfully.  […]

Love Mantras for a Mindful Valentine’s Day

Do You Know Love Mantras for Valentine’s Day?   The Day of Love is quickly approaching!   Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk & teacher, offers us 4 compelling love mantras to practice in our relationships for a Mindful Valentine’s Day.   Darling, I’m here for you.  Chocolates are delicious.  Flowers are beautiful.  Jewelry is sparkly.  […]

The Year of Living Mindfully: Practice Mindfulness

Can you Practice Living Mindfully for an Entire Year?   The trend toward “mindfulness,” which, as most of us know, has its roots in Buddhist philosophy, has been identified by a host of references as being one of the most significant worldwide trends in 2014.  Communications firms (JWT Worldwide), CEOs (Bill Ford, Russell Simmons), journalists (Arianna […]

Symbolism and Meaning in Jewelry

Symbolism and Meaning in Jewelry: What does it Mean?   Various cultures have associated symbols in jewelry and gemstones with specific meanings such as buddha, yin/yang, and the Egyptian Ankh. Jewelry has been created through the ages as a means of communicating wealth or position in society.  In ancient Egypt, Greece’s Hellenistic period, the Roman […]

Cultivate Compassion: Live Longer

Educating Children about Compassion can Help us Live Longer   The central motivation for the founding of Compassionate Essentials was to promote the interdependence of the individual with the entire world and its inhabitants.  We hoped to open the eyes and hearts of our readers to this human interdependence. We believe that participating in the sales […]

Compassion or Just Politics as Usual?

Compassion and Politics One hundred twenty Tibetans have self-immolated since March 2011. This is in reaction to a Chinese government that has destroyed over 6,000 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and shrines beginning in 1949, stationed around 300,000 Chinese soldiers in Tibet, and forced thousands of Tibetans to abandon their traditional rural nomadic lifestyle and move into […]