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  • Enlightenment Is Not Worth Striving For

    Enlightenment Is Not Worth Striving For

    The idea of enlightenment as a magical event that makes everything perfect is a fairy tale, a misunderstanding of what it really means to be free.

    If you have been on a spiritual path for any length of time, this may be a hard pill to swallow. We know. We walked a spiritual path for many years ourselves once and taught it to many others believing that our deep understanding of spirituality had brought us home.

    We were wrong.

    We have great respect for Ramana...
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  • Mindfulness

    Mindfulness

    Self-Directed Attention is very, very hard in the beginning. It can seem almost impossible to do.

    If Self-Directed Attention is causing you too much distress, try doing the following meditation for a while instead.

    This is the Buddhist Shamata Meditation (mindfulness or concentration) and it is the basis of the Self-Directed Attention Exercise.

    We advise anyone who is having difficulty with Self-Directed Attention to try this meditation first.

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  • What Makes our Work Different

    What Makes our Work Different

    Someone recently sent us an email with a question that we found very useful.

    First of all, I would like to say "Thank you" with great sincerity and deep gratitude. I enjoy listening to your talks due to your sincerity, honesty and, above all, your simplicity. I would like to ask you one question and I hope you can find the time to answer. It would be much appreciated.

    Many years ago, I came across Nisargadatta Maharaj's book I Am That and although I couldn't...
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  • Three Approaches to Healing the Mind

    Three Approaches to Healing the Mind

    We believe that it is far past time for us all to face up to the fact that there is something terribly wrong with the human family.

    Wars and rumors of war abound; greed rules the worldwide economy. The rich get fewer and richer while most of us sink deeper into poverty and hopelessness.

    Anxiety, depression and mood disorders ravage the human experience of life everywhere. If you are a human being, there is a very good chance that you suffer from one or more of the hundreds...
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  • Trump and the 'Society of the Spectacle'

    Trump and the 'Society of the Spectacle'

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/o...spectacle.html

    Article by Robert Zaretsky published on the February 20, 2017...
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  • Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

    Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

    Parents, therapists and schools are struggling to figure out whether helping anxious teenagers means protecting them or pushing them to face their fears.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/m...e-anxiety.html

    Article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis published on the October 11, 2017 issue of The New York Times
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  • Understanding the Fear of Life

    Understanding the Fear of Life

    The fear of life is the first cause of all our psychological troubles.

    The fear of life is a silent and false assumption that life is untrustworthy and dangerous that runs in the background of all experience.

    Now, strictly speaking, there is no requirement that you understand the cause of your mental misery before you can be rid of it and, conversely, mere understanding of the cause will not free you of it. But a clear understanding of the actual cause of our mental misery,...
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  • Expectations

    Expectations

    Expectations come in at least two flavors. The first flavor is a reasonable expectation as to what might happen in the course of our day-to-day life. For example, if I plant a garden, I will have the reasonable expectation that, barring bad weather or unforeseen damage by pests, in due time I will have the fruits of my labor in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables. If I place an order for something at Amazon, I will have the reasonable expectation that, in due time, a package will arrive at my...
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  • Who's to Blame?

    Who's to Blame?

    Something is terribly wrong with us, and has been for a very long time.

    Anxiety, depression, and mood disorders ravage the human experience of life everywhere. If you are a human being, there is a very good chance that you suffer from one or more of the hundreds of psychological disorders defined in the professional literature.

    The chances are also very good that you have attempted or thought about suicide as a solution to your suffering at some point in your life. Or maybe
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  • The Radical Act of Inward Looking

    The Radical Act of Inward Looking

    Paul Freedman M.S.W., R.S.W., Jonathan Goldberg M.S.W., R.S.W., Jaak Reichmann M.D., FRCP(C)

    Abstract

    In keeping with the new wave of context-focused behavioral treatment approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), we discuss an innovative behavioral intervention referred to as the Act of Inward Looking. The theoretical underpinnings of this intervention are based on...
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  • The Looking: What it is, what it does, and how it works

    The Looking: What it is, what it does, and how it works

    The Cause of All Our Troubles

    The fear of life is the sole cause of all human hatred, greed, aggression, and all the rest of the neurotic stupidity that falls from our fearful alienation from our own lives.

    The fear of life appears at, or near birth for most of us, and infects the human mind with chronic fearfulness and anxiety, and a generalized alienation from and distrust of life itself. It causes the newborn mind to shrink away from life into a relationship with all...
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