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How did the Mindfulness Movement start?

The idea of Mindfulness has gained so much traction in the last several years, even garnering an exclusive issue of Time Magazine.  We couldn’t be more excited that conscious thought is now a buzzword.  Yet, if we are left to believe that simply “being present” during daily activities leads to a calm mind, we risk moving backwards as a society.  We don’t want people to become frustrated and dismiss consciousness as hogwash (again). How did the Mindfulness Movement start?  In the ... Read More
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5 Reasons to seriously consider learning how to control your thoughts

There is a belief that our brain is largely unruly and we don't have control over our thoughts. Or, if we believe that our thoughts are within our power to change, we beat ourselves up for having bad thoughts or an erratic mind. Through meditation and awareness practices we can slowly begin to bring our mind under control What is often needed is the buy-in to get us going. Here are five reasons to work to control your thoughts.   1. Your ... Read More
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Quieting the Mind : 4 Factors that May Be Holding Us Back

Do you have a mind that races endlessly?  Join the club, right?  Stopping the brain's eternal discourse might not be entirely possible but know that there are people who experience less of it, they do experience breaks in thinking, and their thoughts are genuinely happier.  Here are four reasons why you may not have experienced as much success at quieting the mind as you would like: 1. Most resources treat mastering or calming your mind as a single topic with a ... Read More
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4 Myths about Becoming Conscious and Quieting the Mind

There are many myths about becoming conscious that I believe are holding many of us back.  We don't feel that we are worthy, that we know how to do it, or that we have enough time.  These myths about becoming conscious would all be fine if it weren't for the fact that they are halting individual's progress.   Myth # 1:  Mastering your mind - becoming conscious, takes a long time In our culture and folklore we see consciousness or divinity as some ... Read More
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What do 3 Main World Religions say about Consciousness (in 82 seconds)?

I am writing this article as a quick thought, as an epiphany that dawned on me as I worked to unravel this “consciousness” thing.  I realized that my religious exposure (Christian) did not give me any space to accept that I could evolve into something greater or experience something greater.  That was the stuff of God, not lowly me.  So, part of my not waking up to my potential was not understanding that it was possible. Know that the way western ... Read More