|By Teresa Miller
Have you noticed how much the word “mind” is part and parcel of our lives, how we tell stories and sing songs about the mind, as though it were a phenomenon that operates
Song titles with the word “mind” abound: the difficult conditions of your mind…Pain of Mind, Mind War, Crazy Out of My Mind, Dead-end Mind, Unsound Mind, Mind Games,
Then there’s your mind and what to do with it –
And questions about your mind… If You Change Your Mind,
And traveling around inside the mind…
A list of things on my mind…there’s Georgia, Barbara, Evil, Julie and Trouble, Empire State of Mind, The Mind of Love, to name a few… If You Could Read My Mind,
But mostly….You Were Always on My Mind, Can’t Get You Off of My Mind, You Been On My Mind, Drive You Outta My Mind (because I’m Going Out of My Head)!
Finally, a bit of resolution about mind…
Minds can be like monkeys jumping and swinging from here to there…
The truth is that whatever you’re doing right now is a training in what you are…and a training in what you are becoming.
In other words, how are you in this moment –
All of these are influencing or driving what you are now and what you’re becoming.
So the question may be – What is it you wish to be/become?
Most of us could probably agree on an answer that incorporates
As humans, we’ve inherited a brain and a nervous system that are capable of phenomenal imagination and innovation, and that also create dissatisfaction
We have a tendency to become frustrated when we can’t have what we want, disappointed when whatever we like ends, upset about being in pain, angry and fearful
And all of this is normal – it’s OK – as to be human is to experience these waves coming and going. But if the waves engulf us, pound us down or keep us forever
The research of neuroscientists says that our fundamental nature is peaceful, with concern for others, and ultimately wise. It also says that the mind can be trained,
Mindfulness is the skillful use of attention to both our inner and outer worlds. It draws upon past learning to see through confusion and to develop a steadier, more
We see that the central core of every being is not an unchanging self but a life-current, an ever-changing stream of energy which is never the same for two consecutive
We develop clear comprehension of motive – what’s my intention?, insights about choosing how to respond to life’s small and large daily challenges, including regulating
Your effort to give a wide berth to any harming, including of yourself, creates a powerful field of integrity for the world. And it’s contagious. As social entities, we clearly
We have been designed to care about things other than the gratification of desire and the maximizing of self-interest. Compassion is wired into our nervous system
Training the mind, we change the brain…by allowing us to discern things as they really are. Whatever we’re doing right now, with our attention, with our response to
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