Change Your Mind, Change Your World

Mind

Wisdom Within

The foolish person chases after happiness. The wise person creates the right conditions for happiness.

…..Mipham Rinpoche

What you see in the world is a reflection of your mind. You can’t change yourself by changing the world. You need to change your mind – then the world reflects the change of your mind.

Our Pristine Mind
Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness
Orgyen Chowang

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How Can Change Be An Opportunity For Growth?

Change

Key To A Meaningful Life

The secret of living a meaningful and fulfilling life is to be ready – at every moment – to give up who you are for what you could become.

…..Brian Goodwin

Adapting To Change

In our fast-paced society, it’s not uncommon to reinvent a career time and again. It takes resilience to be able to adapt to whatever’s around the corner.

Learning As We Go

Sometimes obstacles can knock us down. We come to realize that a creative lifestyle implies occasional failure, which comes with the terrain of life’s peaks and valleys. Resilience enables us to get up, honor the resistance, dust ourselves off, and move on, learning as we go.

Pause Breathe Smile
Pause, Breathe, Smile: Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough

Background on Gary Gach

 

Where Can True Beauty Be Found?

Flowers

Beauty of a Flower

In the beginning a flower is only a bud. It doesn’t yet show its loveliness to the world, it doesn’t attract butterflies, and it cannot yet become a fruit. Only when it opens is beauty revealed in its center – there is the focus of its exquisiteness, there is the source of its aroma, there is its sweet nectar. In the same way, our own unique beauty comes from within.

Our Beauty

Our beauty has nothing to do with our appearance or our occupation. Our special qualities come from an inner source. We must take care to open and bloom naturally and leisurely and keep to the center. It is from there that all mystery and power come, and it is good to let it unfold in its own time.

Just as a flower goes through stages – bud, open, bloom, pollinate, wither, fruit, fall – each of us will go through the stages of birth to death. We aren’t of a single character throughout our lives. We change and grow, we unfold and bloom. Unless we keep to the center, we can’t reach true independence in our lives.

365 Tao: Daily Meditations
365 Tao: Daily Meditations

Deng Ming-Dao

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How Does Philosophy Answer Life’s Questions?

Philosophy

What is Philosophy?

Philosophy is a tool by which people can work out how to live, how to endure misfortune, how to think about the world around them, and how to relate to others. Finding “the truth which is true for me” is the business of philosophy – it isn’t a luxury, an abstruse pursuit for those with time to sit in an ivory tower.

Asking Questions

Philosophy is essentially asking questions – the biggest imaginable. Over the 2500-year history of Western philosophy, philosophers have asked, and attempted to answer, questions such as:

  • What is reality?
  • Does God exist?
  • How can we know if something is true?
  • What is virtue?
  • Is something “right” or “wrong” for all people, places, and times?

Philosophical questions are not susceptible to a single, correct or “true” answer. Trying to answer such questions is beset with difficulties, not the least because philosophers don’t agree on what constitutes “truth”, what it means to “know” anything, or even the status of the words used to express the questions and answers.

Dialogue of Philosophy

In discussing philosophical questions, we are continuing the dialogue that began with the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates (470-399 BC). Yet, as time passes, the world we live in changes and the parameters of the debate shift.

Although the world we live in today is very different from the one that Socrates knew, the questions we ask are very similar. We still seek to live a virtuous life, ask whether or not there is a God, and strive to know what is true about the world around us. However, advances in scientific knowledge, exposure to very different societies and cultures around the world, and shifting social structures have changed the direction of the debate.

Philosophy - How the World Works
Philosophy: From the Ancient Greeks to great thinkers of modern times (How The World Works Series)
Anne Rooney

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Is Mindfulness A Way Of Life?

Mindfulness

Mindfulness Views

Mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present with experience.
…..Bodhipaksa

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.
…..Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness gives us a chance to listen to the wisdom of our hearts and to notice with more clarity where we get in our own way.
…..Maia Duerr

Mindfulness is being still. It is profundity. You can look deeply right to the bottom of any situation…and know what needs to be done.
…..Chan Khong

Comprehensive Nature

Mindfulness is far more than a formulaic program for lowering blood pressure and anxiety. The timeless, dynamic traditions from which it is drawn are about something far more consequential and less simplistic: how to live as evolved human beings with mind, body, and spirit as one.

Mindfulness is not merely a tool – it’s a whole way of being and doing.

Pause Breathe Smile
Pause, Breathe, Smile: Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough
Gary Gach

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Gary Gach
Gary Gach
born 1947

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Gary Gach is an American author, translator, editor, teacher and poet living on Russian Hill, San Francisco. His work has been translated into several languages, and has appeared in several anthologies and numerous periodicals. He serves on the International Advisory Panel of the Buddhist Channel, a Malaysian Buddhist news website. He hosts Haiku Corner for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.