We have the illusion that multitasking makes us more efficient, but it only makes us unhappy, says Sharon Salzberg.
Life is stressful. Although some people claim that contemporary life is especially stressful, I am skeptical whether that is so. Living beings have always had to struggle for food, for shelter, and for safety. They have always had the stress of finding a mate and reproducing. The world is no Garden of Eden.
“When the spirit moves into writing, shaping its direction, that is a moment of pure mystery.”
Sylvia Boorstein addresses a mental affliction we don’t often talk about in spiritual terms. It’s a big problem for her, and maybe for you—worrying.
“Just as pipes in your house get backed up, creating a flooded kitchen, the pipes of your body are subject to blockage, and need to be kept clean and open.”
Psychotherapy can be a powerful complement to spiritual practice, supporting our inspiration to develop awareness and compassion.
Mystics and poets aren’t the only people who experience the transcendent. Andy Cooper on sports beyond conventional mind.
The teachers are asked how a meditator deals with episodes of depression.
A moving account by Susan Moon of her journey back from depression, and how her Buddhist practice both helped and hindered her.
Anxiety is actually a necessary part of our path. Psychotherapist Bruce Tift gives an instruction in how to relate to it constructively.