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Turn the Suffering of Anger into Understanding

Anger is a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong or perceived wrong. How do you feel when you are angry? Do you feel a burning sensation? Do you feel tense? Does your heart race? Do you feel like striking out?  We’ve all been angry. It can be an uncomfortable emotion. If […]

Be Compassionate, Practice Being Thankful

In an earlier post, Spread Peace and Happiness, Smile, we talked about how exuding happiness benefits everyone around us.  Keeping a positive attitude so we can radiate happiness requires us to strive for an attitude of gratitude.   To be compassionate, we should practice being thankful.  The old saying, “No man is an island” is completely true.  We […]

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.  […]

Speak Truthfully

I am committed to learn to speak truthfully, with words that inspire self-confidence, joy, and hope. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to criticize or condemn things of which I am not sure. The above is quoted from the Fourth Training of Thich Nhat Hanh’s […]

Pride Has No Place in True Love

 In true love, there is no place for pride. ~  Thich Nhat Hanh Darling, I suffer.  Please help me. The above is the last mantra from the previous post,  Love Mantras for a Mindful Valentine’s Day.   This mantra is a response to a difficult situation, so we are going to give it some more attention. It […]

Buddhist Deep Listening for Compassion

Buddhist Deep Listening to Relieve Suffering Fourth training, of the Five Mindfulness Trainings in Buddhism, teaches that loving speech and deep listening allows people to unburden their hearts. Being compassionate means deep listening without offering criticism. How does just listening make a difference to others? You aren’t supposed to make suggestions or critique or offer advice. […]

Loving Speech Buddhism vs. Unmindful Speech

Handling Unmindful Speech In the last blog post, How to Live Peacefully with Others, we discussed cultivating loving speech and practicing deep listening. In the course of our busy days, we aren’t always going to have the time to sit down and have a heart to heart, with any given person with whom we have […]

Amazon Rainforest Ecosystem Facts

  The Amazon Rainforest Ecosystem The Amazon Rainforest Ecosystem is diverse. Rainforests are the home to 50% of the Earth’s plants and animals yet they only cover 2% of the Earth’s surface.  Important Facts on the Amazon Rainforest. How can you help save and protect the Earth’s rainforest? We are sharing some ideas. The first […]

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 […]