Posts Tagged 'courage'

Practicing Compassion: A highly effective technique for happiness

Practicing Compassion: A highly effective technique for happiness

Compassion meditation, often called “Metta” or “Lovingkindness” meditation is a key element in living a contented life. Compassion can be defined as the conscious recognition and acknowledgement of another sentient being’s ability to feel pain, joy, love, sadness, grief, happiness or any other emotion or experience. Practicing this meditation increases your ability to be compassionate to yourself, a soft gentle feeling that turns inward and can start to decrease the volume of negative or critical thoughts. This can ...

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A.W.A.K.E.N. Technique for Yoga

A.W.A.K.E.N. Technique for Yoga

A.W.A.K.E.N. Technique

The following technique for mindfulness has been a powerful addition to my practice. It shows us not just that paying attention is important, but HOW to pay attention. You might have heard people saying to you in various ways that mindfulness and paying attention are the keys to happiness. While I don’t know if they are the only keys, they are certainly on the keychain of enlightenment and reducing our daily suffering. Here’s the technique briefly outlined below:

Allow

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Overcoming MUD, FIRE, WATER and FEAR

Overcoming MUD, FIRE, WATER and FEAR
So yesterday I had the pleasure of facing a tough obstacle course called the Warrior Dash! This is my second annual attendance at this event in Huntersville, North Carolina. The day dawned with perfect weather – 60 degrees and sunny. What a perfect day for a race! And what a difference between this year and last year! Last year, the race was much tougher. Why? There were a few things that made it much, much harder:

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Staying Present in Groundlessness

Staying Present in Groundlessness

Staying Present in Groundlessness

So last week I talked about the top 5 ways to eliminate fear. The first step was to admit you are afraid. Then the next thing I said was “step into that shaky place.” Here’s what I said:

Step into the “Shaky Place”. How do you do this? Courageously step into what I call “the shaky place” – that moment of groundlessness, where you don’t know how to find your balance, everything is shifting and you ...

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Top 5 Ways to Eliminate Fear

Top 5 Ways to Eliminate Fear

As we delve into the second month of our #yearwithoutfear challenge, I find myself looking at the ways I cope with feeling bad. We all have a natural fear of feeling bad – whatever that might be – pain, heartache, stress, financial difficulties, illness. There are a few simple things you can do to help yourself when you find yourself constricting around fear – trying to wall up and keep out the bad feelings, situations, circumstances, whatever.

1. Admit that you’re afraid. When we ...

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Year With Out Fear, Issue #1

Year With Out Fear, Issue #1

So this week starts a journey for me – 365 days of my commitment to understand, learn about and overcome fear. Why did I take on this task, you might wonder? Not far back, I noticed that fear of things drove simple, every day decisions. I was afraid of failure, of responsibility, of disappointing loved ones – you name it. And I got tired of it. Yoga and my studies of nueroscience have taught me ...

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