I’ve put together a post with a list of teachers or otherwise inspirational people I often quote or refer to on Beyond Meds. Here below many of them are listed with a distinctive quote from their work and a link to the posts on this blog where more of their work is shared. This post… Continue Reading →
Below I’ve shared a brief excerpt from a longer article on Larry Berkelhammer’s blog: Mind Training to Improve Health. I saw his article right after I noticed a post on twitter saying cancer and illness in general was a lifestyle choice! They used a damning and judgmental tone too. What is wrong with people?? We… Continue Reading →
This is a very sophisticated treatment that looks at many of the questions people have when contemplating the forgiveness of those who’ve harmed us, sometimes very badly.
When the path ahead is dark, how can we keep from stumbling? How do we make our way with courage and dignity?
This teaching is in keeping with my practice of being with all that arises within. Fear here can be translated to “anxiety,” which is the clinical term for fear which everyone at one time or another experiences with or without a diagnosis of some sort of anxiety “disorder.” Psychiatry pathologizes much of the normal human experience and fear and/or anxiety often referred to in Buddhism as such. Normal. There are techniques to learn how to be with these normal feelings, whether they’re very intense or not.
Sit comfortably for a few moments, letting your body be at rest. Bring your attention into the present and notice whatever sensations are present in your body. In particular, be aware of any sensation, tensions or pains you may have been fighting. Do not try to change them, simply notice them with an interested and… Continue Reading →
Remember that if you start this meditation while in any sort of mental distress it’s possible that part of the meditation is holding those feelings with kindness even while you feel the opposite or worse. Hold whatever unpleasant feelings you have with the intention for loving kindness. It’s normal to have unpleasant feelings too and especially when one starts this kind of meditation.
I did a post on coping methods for withdrawal syndrome in December. Traffic goes way down during the holiday months so I though I’d highlight it here again as I make it available in the archive system I’ve set up. While I’m at it I’ll list the whole navigation system. For easy reference it’s always listed on the sidebar to the right here on the blog. I continue to work on presenting the archives in some sort of reasonable fashion for easy access. There are close to 3,000 posts on the blog now many of which remain topical. It’s an ongoing job.
If you can sit quietly after difficult news; if in financial downturns you remain perfectly calm; if you can see your neighbors travel to fantastic places without a twinge of jealousy; if you can happily eat whatever is put on your plate; if you can fall asleep after a day of running around without a… Continue Reading →