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Myth & Pathways to Bliss

Myth & Pathways to Bliss

When most people hear the word “myth” or “mythology” they think falsehood, something not true. Although this is a common use of the word, it is clearly pejorative and does not represent the true meaning of the word mythology. “A myth is a story, often enacted by a ritual, and shared among a community which represents timeless truths about man’s relationship with nature, the cosmos or his own authentic...

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Permanently Change Your Character

Permanently Change Your Character

“In the beginning nothing comes, in the middle nothing stays, in the end nothing goes.” ~ Jetsun Milarepa Over time, meditation/mindfulness and many other contemplative practices LITERALLY RE-WIRES THE BRAIN producing permanent changes to one’s psychology, emotional stability, character and overall ways of being. I know this from the neuroscience, the psychological science, the spiritual and mind-science literature of the East and I...

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Transformation Through Knowledge

Transformation Through Knowledge

Life can sneak up on all of us. One moment you are in high school dreaming about the pretty girl or cute boy in your science class and imagining a life of success, happiness and maybe wealth or fame. Then one day you wake up when you’re 30 or 40 and you wonder “what the hell happened?” You hate your job, you’re in a relationship that is more of a struggle than a joy, you’ve gained weight, you don’t like...

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The Psychology of Spirituality

The Psychology of Spirituality

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Some people define “spirituality” as going to church and believing in a God. Others may define spirituality along the lines of one of the Eastern non-theistic traditions such as Buddhism, Taoism or Hinduism. Others still, may define spirituality simply as becoming a better person, engaging in...

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What Does it Mean to be “Spiritual”?

What Does it Mean to be “Spiritual”?

“Spirituality in a secular world has come to represent a pro-active journey of self-empowerment, self-realization, or a fulfilling of human potential, which places human consciousness at the forefront of spiritual evolution.“ ~ Steve Taylor Utter the word “spiritual” to some people and it will often evoke a negative, judgmental or dismissive response almost on par with the word “religion”. These sorts of...

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3 Facts About Mindfulness

3 Facts About Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” ~Sylvia Boorstein   What exactly is mindfulness and where did this simple psychological and spiritual practice get its start? Why is everyone doing it and why are so many doctors...

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