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Reducing Stress from the Inside Out

Going Inside In mindfulness meditation, we use the breath as a way to get into the “inside.” While focusing our attention within, we can remain grounded in the present moment, uniting the mind with the body. As we stay mindfully alert, we can ardently direct attention on the breath as the object of meditation, stilling […]

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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

We live in a consumer-based culture that values success based on the attainment of the comfortable life. We surround ourselves with exotic pillows, fine beds, soft chairs, fashionable clothing, pain medications, an abundance of food, state-of-the-art devices and entertainment galore. There is nothing wrong with possessions and comfort. Nevertheless, attachment to these comforts can be […]

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Self-restraint is an important aspect of mindfulness practice for developing health and happiness. One can identify someone who is well-honed in mind training by their ability to refrain. The skill of self-restraint can also be associated with a person’s level of maturity and emotional intelligence.In terms of evolution, the neocortex is a more developed region […]

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Resolve to Be Happy

What would you do if you were to die today? Death is certain, although most of the time we do not know when. Certainly, Michael Jackson, John Lennon and Portland grocery owner, John Zupan, did not expect to die on the day they died.  Knowing that life will end, why not resolve to be happy […]

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