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Destructive Emotions

Life has a way of provoking us with traffic jams and computer malfunctions, with emotionally distant partners and crying children—and before we know it, we’re upset. We feel terrible, and then we end up saying and doing things that only make matters worse. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Pema Chödrön. Listen […]

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Pema Chödrön: This Lousy World

In this Omega clip, Pema Chodron discusses how we preoccupy ourselves with complaining about everything in the world. She says we senselessly attempt to “fix” the world by trying to get rid of all the bad things. She suggests we work with our minds instead of trying to change everything on the outside. Mindfulness Audio Programs | Best Sellers | Free & Special […]

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On Awakening

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In Start Where You Are, Pema Chodron suggests that in order to wake up, we must confront ourselves. Our self determines our relationship with the world. What we avoid and ignore in ourselves, we avoid and ignore in the world. Self-confrontation doesn’t mean withdrawing from the world in order to narrowly focus on ourselves. Rather, it means seeing oneself as the filter that determines our experience of the world. The experience of oneself and the experience of the world are correlated and interdependent. In order to continue the process of waking up, we must recognize the interdependence of the self and the world. Otherwise, we delude ourselves into thinking we are somehow outside of the world.

On Peace

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In The Art of Peace, Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of the popular Japanese martial art aikido, shares a collection of teachings that illustrates the real way of the warrior based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. Spirituality and Practice has called Morihei Ueshiba’s The Art of Peace “poetic and profound.”

  We’re delighted to share an excerpt from The Art of Peace here. 

The art of peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the art of peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your inner enlightenment, foster peace in your own life, and then apply the art to all that you encounter. One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the art of peace. Heaven is right where you are standing and that is the place to train. All things material and spiritual originate from one source and are related as if they were one family. The present, past, and future are all contained in the life force. The universe emerged and developed from one source and we evolved through the optimal process of unification and harmonization.