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The Neuroscience of Mindfulness by Matthew MacKinnon MD

I want you to imagine that your significant other just broke up with you. You are sitting on your couch at home, ruminating about all of the “mistakes” that you made leading up to the break up. Considering that one of the biggest predictors of depression and anxiety is a pattern of self-blame and rumination , you will likely not ...

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Spiritual Awakening Used Cars for Sale! by J. Stewart Dixon

Warning!: Certified fresh P.olitically I.ncorrect E.nlightenment blog post here. Don’t read if you have no tolerance for overbearing asshole spiritual opinions. Warning! Stay out if you are gullible, non-discriminating, and have zero spiritual sense of humor. Warning!: You did not use the law of attraction to manifest this blog post into your life. Warning!: Killing Buddhas in the road will ...

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Transference 101 by J Stewart Dixon

Teacher, Guide Transference / Transmission and the Awakening Enlightenment Process Okay. Let’s talk about what I call transference and what a lot of teachers call transmission. There are two ways I can approach this topic: 1. From a pseudo-scientific hypothetical point of view & 2. From my own experiential point of view. I’ll attempt to do both. It’s an important ...

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Love is Contagious – Why Advaita Nondual Satsang teachers stare and pause

I’d like to share my blue collar enlightenment back stage insights about teachers (me included occasionally) who do a whole lotta staring and pausing and the necessity for balance with this teaching tool and style. You’ve heard it called different names- transmission, transference, morphogenic fields, mirror neurons, speaking from stillness, etc. But what is it really? Is it necessary?  How ...

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Stop Pretending by Catherine Ingram / Guidance

One day a six-year-old friend said to me, “Pretend you are surrounded by a thousand hungry tigers. What would you do?” I visualized the situation as he had suggested and, coming up with no viable plan of action, said, “Wow, I don’t know. What would you do?” And he replied, “I’d stop pretending.” In many ways, our usual pretending to ...

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Living Free by Mike Jenkins / Inspiration

More and more these days I get a sense of both being here and not being here. It is one of those divine paradoxes that makes no sense to the reasoning mind but which is understood through living it. Language can paint a picture but it is limited because it assumes that you understand the words I use in much ...

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How will this change me—will I be happier? by Peter Fenner / Theory

A question that frequently, and naturally, arises in any type of transformational work is, “How will this change me?” “Will I be more effective?” “Will I suffer less?” People would like to hear that their lives will be richer, more harmonious, and that they will be better able to deal with challenging situations. It’s tempting for people to infer that ...

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