Tag: Mindfulness

Why Turning Tension Into a Problem To Be Solved Doesn’t Work (and What Does)

Often our immediate response to tension and other emotional complexes is to view them as problems that we need to solve…immediately! Critical thinking and problem solving are specialties of the rational mind. However, research indicates there are a number of reasons why approaching tension with critical thinking backfires on us, leaving us feeling more tense rather than less. In this post, I look at why our usual problem solving strategies can’t resolve tension and what does.

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Aspirations to Perceive Goodness & Establish a Wholesome Society for the Benefit of All

Shambhala Warriorship was first introduced in the West by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the late 1970s. It represents his desire to teach the basic principles of meditation within a secular training program. These same principles are carried forward today within Shambhala Buddhism. Learn more about the Shambhala Path here. This post acts as a statement of the Shambhala Warrior’s aspirations.

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When Mysticism and Madness Collide

Sometimes experiences of what the Zen tradition calls no-mind may come too soon.  While I prefer Pink Floyd’s line, and if the dam breaks open many years too soon, Buddhism might talk about this in terms of changes of consciousness: devotion (saddha), discipline (sila), detachment (caga), and depersonalization (panna).  The later, panna experience can sometimes come prematurely.  Sometimes the subsequent integration is smoother; in my case , it wasn’t.

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