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Loneliness

I read an article yesterday, published in an Australian on-line news site about loneliness. The article echoed research explaining that;  “Social isolation is more lethal than smoking 15 cigarettes a day”… “Public health experts in many countries are debating how to address a “loneliness epidemic”. Loneliness used to be more of an issue for older people but these days it…

“Wrestling With Your Demons” 

To wrestle with one’s demons is no casual thing.  People can feel isolated in a cocoon of misery, trapped in the pull-and-push of the mind, feeling stuck in doubt, delay and regret. Self-help books and therapy have their place of course. But finally it becomes clear that wrestling with one’s demons will not ultimately succeed in bringing about a happy…

Feeding The Monkeys

The Buddhist analogy for the mind being like a bunch of crazed monkeys jumping about and chattering is often used in spirituality and pop psychology. What feeds the monkey-mind is attention, interest and belief in the reality of thoughts. It nourishes them, makes them stronger and gives momentum to the mental chatter. (And of course, trying to make the mind…

“Keep Your Eyes On The Prize”

“Keep your eyes on the prize” is a phrase that comes from the title of a song that was influential during the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 60’s. Keeping one’s attention focused on what is wanted most is especially important these days with so much going on and so many distractions.  The best thing we can do for ourselves, our…

The Wheel

  The wheel is a symbol that has different meanings in Eastern religious and spiritual traditions. One of the meanings has to do with the circular nature of mind and the illusion and delusion it creates (the cycles of samsara). In the turning of the ‘wheel of the mind’, the top of the wheel     represents high blissful states,…

The Power of Slowing Down

I listened to part of an interview recently where the person was speaking about “our attention-deficit culture…”.   It reminded me that neuropsychology says that the average person thinks somewhere between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts a day.       There are of course many negative effects that go along with a short attention span, and for those interested in the recognition of…

The Persona

In the ancient Greek theater, actors wore a mask that was called a persona — they would don a persona to play their part in stage performances. In a somewhat similar way, the One consciousness, the Self, dons all personas and acts on the stage of manifest life, playing all roles. In other words, for the purpose of experience, this…

The Siren’s Song

The Greek mythology of Sirens can be seen as an allegory for the mind; the stories and hypnotic trance it generates, and the unnecessary suffering caused by believing it. There are a few different versions of the story, says wikipedia. The most common is that; “Sirens were dangerous creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting songs, causing them to…

Tenderness

This time of year can be difficult for many people; with low levels of light affecting the body, the suffering in our world and the stories of what the holidays should look like, but don’t.   And, this time of year marks the return of the light, both literally, and symbolically — as a reminder to turn up the light of compassion…