Pain Is Inevitable; Suffering Is Optional

It’s not your thoughts, feelings or situations that create suffering in your life. It’s the thoughts you have about them.” If you’re familiar with the teachings of mindfulness or Buddhism, you may have come across the expression, “pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” But what does it mean? You’d think that suffering is a perfectly …

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What Mindfulness Is And How It Can Enrich Your Life

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Mindfulness is the state of being awake to the present moment; being consciously aware of thoughts, feelings and physical sensations as they arise moment by moment, with an attitude of compassion and non-judgemental acceptance. The above description of mindfulness is in pretty stark contrast to most people’s everyday experience of life. At the breakfast table, …

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What You Resist Persists—Embracing Life Just As It Is

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“What you resist not only persists but grows in size.”—Carl Jung The Butterfly Net And Fly Swatter Approach to Life In her book “What’s In The Way Is The Way,” Mary O’Malley uses a great analogy to describe how most people live their lives. She describes a person standing in a beautiful meadow, holding a …

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How To Make Peace With Negative Thoughts

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First published on October 15th 2019 It can be a real challenge to stay calm and peaceful when you’re being overrun by negative thoughts. Fear thoughts, worry thoughts, doubt thoughts, judgement thoughts appear in your head—unannounced and uninvited—and start wreaking havoc. You feel powerless and overwhelmed. And the more attention you give them— wrestling them, …

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