The Rise of Mindfulness in Society: Arianna Huffington, Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Rise of Mindfulness in Society: Arianna Huffington, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Published on Mar 2, 2014

The Rise of Mindfulness in Society: Opportunities and Challenges. At Wisdom 2.0 2014.

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The True Experience of Deep sleep ~ Rupert Spira


Published on 20 May 2014

In this video clip Rupert discusses the experience of deep sleep from the point of view of pure Consciousness

Lesson 101: Perfect Happiness: A Path to Joy from A Course in Miracles by Jon Mundy PhD

Although it may require a lifetime of study to grasp, the bestselling A Course in Miracles has inspired millions. Perhaps its most essential lesson is 101: the belief that there is no sin and that God’s will for us is perfect happiness. Longtime teacher Jon Mundy digs deeply into this concept, providing an insightful and clear path through one of the manual’s most meaningful and complex lessons.

Click here to take a look inside.


Jon Mundy is an author and lecturer on philosophy at SUNY (the State University of New York). He cofounded the New Seminary for the training of interfaith ministers, as well as the Interfaith Fellowship. He has been a minister for 45 years, and has given almost 2,000 talks on A Course in Miracles. He lives in NY.

Lesson 101

God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.

Today we will continue with the theme of happiness. This is a key idea in understanding what salvation means. You still believe it asks for suffering as penance for your “sins.” This is not so. Yet you must think it so while you believe that sin is real, and that God’s Son can sin.

If sin is real, then punishment is just and cannot be escaped. Salvation thus cannot be purchased but through suffering. If sin is real, then happiness must be illusion, for they cannot both be true. The sinful warrant only death and pain, and it is this they ask for. For they know it waits for them, and it will seek them out and find them somewhere, sometime, in some form that evens the account they owe to God. They would escape Him in their fear. And yet He will pursue, and they can not escape.

If sin is real, salvation must be pain. Pain is the cost of sin, and suffering can never be escaped, if sin is real. Salvation must be feared, for it will kill, but slowly, taking everything away before it grants the welcome boon of death to victims who are little more than bones before salvation is appeased. Its wrath is boundless, merciless, but wholly just.

Who would seek out such savage punishment? Who would not flee salvation, and attempt in every way he can to drown the Voice which offers it to him? Why would he try to listen and accept Its offering? If sin is real, its offering is death, and meted out in cruel form to match the vicious wishes in which sin is born. If sin is real, salvation has become your bitter enemy, the curse of God upon you who have crucified His Son.

You need the practice periods today. The exercises teach sin is not real, and all that you believe must come from sin will never happen, for it has no cause. Accept Atonement with an open mind, which cherishes no lingering belief that you have made a devil of God’s Son. There is no sin. We practice with this thought as often as we can today, because it is the basis for today’s idea.

God’s Will for you is perfect happiness because there is no sin, and suffering is causeless. Joy is just, and pain is but the sign you have misunderstood yourself. Fear not the Will of God. But turn to it in confidence that it will set you free from all the consequences sin has wrought in feverish imagination. Say:

God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.
There is no sin; it has no consequence.

So should you start your practice periods, and then attempt again to find the joy these thoughts will introduce into your mind.

Give these five minutes gladly, to remove the heavy load you lay upon yourself with the insane belief that sin is real. Today escape from madness. You are set on freedom’s road, and now today’s idea brings wings to speed you on, and hope to go still faster to the waiting goal of peace. There is no sin. Remember this today, and tell yourself as often as you can:

God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.
This is the truth, because there is no sin.

Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment–and Your Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

We may long for wholeness, suggests Jon Kabat-Zinn, but the truth is that it is already here and already ours. The practice of mindfulness holds the possibility of not just a fleeting sense of contentment, but a true embracing of a deeper unity that envelops and permeates our lives. With Mindfulness for Beginners you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work, and play—and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.

Here, the teacher, scientist, and clinician who first demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness within mainstream Western medicine offers a book that you can use in three unique ways: as a collection of reflections and practices to be opened and explored at random; as an illuminating and engaging start-to-finish read; or as an unfolding “lesson- a-day” primer on mindfulness practice.

Beginning and advanced meditators alike will discover in these pages a valuable distillation of the key attitudes and essential practices that Jon Kabat-Zinn has found most useful with his students, including:

* Why heartfulness is synonymous with true mindfulness
* The value of coming back to our bodies and to our senses over and over again
* How our thoughts “self-liberate” when touched by awareness
* Moving beyond our “story” into direct experience
* Stabilizing our attention and presence amidst daily activities
* The three poisons that cause suffering—and their antidotes
* How mindfulness heals, even after the fact
* Reclaiming our wholeness, and more.

The prescription for living a more mindful life seems simple enough: return your awareness again and again to whatever is going on. But if you’ve tried it, you know that here is where all the questions and challenges really begin. Mindfulness for Beginners provides welcome answers, insights, and instruction to help us make that shift, moment by moment, into a more spacious, clear, reliable, and loving connection with ourselves and the world.

Includes a complete CD with five guided mindfulness meditations by Jon Kabat-Zinn, selected from the audio program that inspired this book.

Click here to browse inside.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and author of numerous books, including Full Catastrophe Living, Arriving at Your Own Door, and Coming to Our Senses

Mindfulness 9 attitudes – letting go.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, talks about the 9 Attitudes of Mindfulness,
how to use them in our Mindfulness practice and daily life.
Jon is the founder of the Center for Mindfulness
at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also
the founder of it’s renowned Stress Reduction Clinic.
He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress
Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world.

Mindfulnessgruppen is a company offering mindfulness based courses and trainings

Week of May 19 – Mars Direct – Venus enters Aries – Sam Geppi

During the week of May 19, 2014 Mars goes retrograde and Venus leaves exaltation, and goes into Aries.

On Tuesday, May20 Mars turns direct, after being retrograde since March 1. Mars has been retrograde in Virgo, a sign of details and communication, not action. This may have us doing less “walking the talk” and more “talking the talk”. Now is a time to get back on track with our routines and fitness and sense of personal strength.

Venus moves into Aries
On May 23 Venus moves into Aries, and will be aspect it by Saturn and Mars, and it will be joined Ketu. That’s quite a change from the last several months when Venus went through Saturn ruled signs (where she was exchanging with Saturn), and most recently been exalted in Pisces for the last several weeks. Expect any recent relationship grace, and interaction with others, to be a bit stymied for a while.

If you’re involved in disputes with others or situations where you’re being challenged, the will to fight and to win will return in full force.

A Powerful Story on Anger (thanks to Yellow Ribbon Project)

Since Mars is about to really wake up, it is a good time to reflect on anger and the harmful effects of over-asserting our self-will. My Guru Amma often tells this story.

The Fence

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily, gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said “you have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one.”

You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there. Make sure you control your temper the next time you are tempted to say something you will regret later.

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