It’s a misconception to think that you should help people because they’re less fortunate than you. What you give to others stems from yourself, because ultimately, you are them. When you realize that you’re not separate from others, when you don't try to compare yourself through greatness or weakness, but are intimately interconnected to this changing existence, then you can open your heart. It all begins now. In this moment. And yet, you still avoid the present. You harden y
We shuffle down the street, heads down. We wear gray business suits on rainy days. Trains gush into the stations, green lit, as we step on, unfocused on the strangers around us. The doors shut while we cram headphones into our ears, check our phones for messages, scroll through news feeds. In minutes and hours, we arrive at our jobs. We visit associates. We repeat stories to ourselves, narrowing our identities into predictable grooves. Our routines are comfortable, safe. They
Bernie Mac was a comedian with a big heart. Raised in the South Side of Chicago, he learned old-school principles from his mother and grandparents, tough-lessons of integrity that were instilled in him since he was a child. Those lessons carried him throughout his life. Sometimes he didn’t understand the point of what his family was teaching, not until later, when dealing with struggles that tested his character.
“You know, funny thing about life. Most people, they got a pro
There have been numerous scientific studies on materialism (often as questionnaires and clinical evaluations). These studies have tested subjects from different sexes, socioeconomic backgrounds, races, cultures, educations, and ages. What has been consistently found is a correlation between lower psychological/physical well-being and materialism.
Those who value financial success, status among their peers, an urge to buy more, and so on, show a higher tendency toward narcis
Metta or Loving-Kindness is a beneficial addition to bare-awareness meditation. In this practice, we direct our warmth and forgiveness, our love, inward and outward. We open our hearts to compassion, cultivating affection, nonjudgmental of what arises. We smile. Engaged. Intentional. We embrace all of existence. The world is in us and we are the world. There is no real separation. We only create the duality with our conceptions, but black cannot exist without white, space can