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How Feeling Pain Makes You Feel Better

I’ve previously written about the most life-changing experience I ever had, the first time I allowed myself to truly feel pain. During meditation I purposely thought about a painful experience and noticed how my body responded. Interestingly, the experience that...

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Finding Connection With Others

There is a good argument to be made that the lack of personal connection–and thus feelings of disconnection–are playing a large role in the anger, desperation, and addictions that seem so prevalent throughout the United States. This social disconnection...

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The Happiness of Doing

A happy life is lived by taking action. It’s found in doing. Unfortunately, we spend most of our precious time lost in our imagination: both imagining the future and remembering the past. Doubly unfortunate is the fact that much of our imagining is colored by...

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How You “Experience” Happiness

About 2,500 years ago, the Buddha stated that unhappiness is the result of ignorance. 2,289 years later, in 1781, the great Western philosopher Imannuel Kant, in his Critique of Pure Reason, agreed that humans are indeed ignorant (although happiness wasn’t his...

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May I Bring Joy to Others

If you aren’t bringing joy to other people, what are you doing? What’s the point of living? Isn’t there enough negativity and toxicity in the world? Why add to that? What good could it possibly do? All you do is reinforce the idea of a crappy world....

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Meditation Slogan #2: May I Be Happy

Happiness is a choice. Yet it’s not so simple as to wake up one day and declare “I choose to be happy” and then expect it to happen. It takes real work. Thankfully, I know what makes me happy. As should you. Unfortunately, what most people believe...

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