Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever ~ Ora Nadrich

If there is an overriding philosophy that Ora Nadrich ascribes to, it is this: you can help yourself solve your own problems, you can do it daily, and the process doesn’t need to be complex. Flying in the face of the often oblique language of the self help movement, Ora, a certified life coach with a thriving practice in Los Angeles, prides herself on not only having devised a method of self discovery and mindful practice that is simple, direct and applicable to everyone, but is also easy to understand and put to use. And, like brushing your teeth, can be done daily and take about as much time. Simplicity is her mantra.

That philosophy forms the basis of, “Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever,” in which Ora vividly illustrates and breaks down her simple yet highly effective method, based on the principle that while we all face obstacles and negative thoughts in our lives, it is not enough to simply examine and be aware of them—we must question and challenge them in order to bring about true change.

Many of the obstacles people face,are the result of their own negative thoughts holding them back. And often those thoughts don’t even originate within them; they’re the ideas or opinions of someone else—a critical parent or angry spouse, for instance—which they believe without questioning to see if they’re even real or true. Since thoughts create beliefs—which then create behavior—negative thoughts are dangerous things to leave unchecked. You must question them, challenge them. Says Who?” shows us how.

More than simple “think positive” slogans and inspirational platitudes, this is not just a motivational book; instead “Says Who?” provides practical, tangible steps to tackling a condition that affects us all: negative thoughts.

Ora Nadrich is a certified Life Coach, certified Mindfulness Meditation teacher, and author of Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change The Way You Think Forever.

New York Times best-selling author, Marianne Williamson says, “Ora Nadrich is a treasure. Her voice bears the passion of her own experience; she’s able to reach deep into our hearts because she’s culled so much wisdom from her own. When she speaks, I listen; when she writes, I read it; when she gives advice, I heed it. Her sparkle and power are not to be missed.”

Ora is a frequent blogger for the Huffington Post, and has been featured as a panelist on Huffington Post Live. She’s written many articles on Mindfulness, and can be found on Yahoo Health, YouBeauty, Conscious2, MindBodyGreen, and many other publications. She leads workshops on “The Says Who? Method”, a step-by-step process of confronting our negative thoughts, which are what often create the obstacles in our lives. Providing both tangible and practical lessons, Ora’s students are able to address and overcome their negative thoughts and outlooks to live their lives at their highest potential. Among her other workshops are “Living a Mindful Life”, “Conscious Manifestation” and “Love, Sex, and Mindfulness.” Ora has also facilitated a popular Women’s Group for the last several years.

Ora was an actress and screenwriter, where she worked in film, episodic television, and commercials for more than a decade, which she feels provided her vast experience in exploring motivation and the process of self-discovery. During that time, she simultaneously embarked on a two-decade psychological and spiritual journey toward self-awareness and transformation, which lead her to becoming a Life Coach.

Ora’s extensive psycho-spiritual exploration in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Technology of Change, Jungian Analysis, Buddhism and Kabbalah has influenced her work. She is also a licensed Marriage Officiant, and a member of the National Association of Professional Women, and The International Women’s Leadership Association.

An active philanthropist, Ora supports a variety of organizations like the Water Buffalo Club, Generosity.org, and Los Angeles Children’s Hospital.

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Ora Nadrich – Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever

Ora’s new book – Says Who? How One Simple Question Can
Change the Way You Think Forever

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“Ora Nadrich is a treasure. Her voice bears the passion of her own experience; she’s able to reach deep into our hearts because she’s culled so much wisdom from her own. When she speaks, I listen; when she writes, I read it; when she gives advice, I heed it. Her sparkle and power are not to be missed.” — Marianne Williamson, NY Times Best Selling Author

Ora Nadrich’s “Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever” book release

Ora Nadrich speaks after Marianne Williamson introduction at her book launch party for “Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever.”

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Revealing the Absolute: Where Seeking Ends and Learning Begins by Atreya Thomas (Author)

What exists in spite of thought? A dialogue between an enlightened being and an inquiring student… You may be at the point where many spiritual seekers find themselves today: you have come to an awareness of the ego, but you still experience duality between the observer and the observed. There is a higher state. In this inspired dialogue, which reflects the author’s personal inner environment during his journey in silence for a year, the teacher gracefully draws the student inward to a non-dual realization that absorbs even his awareness. This book will satisfy the thirst of any true seeker who meditates on its meaning and with intense devotion, attempts to bring the teaching into their life.

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Excerpt From Revealing the Absolute: Where seeking ends and learning begins

I have tried to reject the ego and it only makes me into an ego hater. Which becomes an obvious problem.

When a person is devoted to the source of all things then there is no problem because all things are included within it, the ego as well. Nothing is rejected nothing is accepted. So we live unaffected by form yet completely integrated because we are devoted to the source of all form. This purifies the ego because it includes it.

Does meditation help, what is meditation?

The Truth or the Unchanging Observer is always here. It cannot be removed because It is the source of all that exists. Meditation is the process which It is revealed.

What is that process?

It begins with asking the right questions often forced by a crisis but not always. Then, accompanied by an unwavering devotion to find out and see the question through. Which eventually leads to Truth’s revelation.

Sounds like devotion is the cause for meditation.

Devotion is not something that you “must have” or find first. Everyone has intense devotion; it is just normally going outward into many intentions and so appears to become diminished or fragmented.

So I do not have to give up my life-renounce my family, give all away, move into the forest by myself? (Laughs).

Anyone can give up outer objects through force of will. But to give up the inner objects (the conceptual self) is the real meaning of being alone. One need not change the outer to do this. In fact, changing the outer is actually adding to ego rather than subtracting.

What are the right questions?

The beginning point is different for everybody. But the question is always directed towards one self, and having the flavor of searching for One’s Own Existence in spite of body and thought. The strength of which one is wholeheartedly committed to see it to the end, through and through, determines pace.

Interview: Do not discredit the spiritual seeking

Published on Feb 6, 2016

http://www.revealingtheabsolute.com

What Is Buddhist Enlightenment? by Dale S. Wright

What kind of person should I strive to be? What ideals should I pursue in my life? These questions, or versions of them, are essential building blocks of the human condition, and often recur throughout our lives. Dale S. Wright argues that the question at the heart of them all is one most commonly associated with Buddhism: What is enlightenment? Any serious practitioner of human life, religious or not, confronts the challenge of how to reach a different, improved–or enlightened–state of being, and fundamental to that quest is grappling with what enlightenment actually means. Why then, Wright asks, is this question not only avoided, but discouraged among Buddhists?

The simplest and perhaps most important reason is that pondering a distant goal is a waste of energy that would be much better applied to practice: Quiet the flow of obsessive thinking, put yourself in a mindful state of presence, and let enlightenment take care of itself. However, the point of Buddhist practice is that it might lead to some form of awakening; in some groundbreaking transformation; in enlightenment. Wright contends that understanding the nature of the enlightenment that one seeks is the most important task of all, and that it can and should be in line with practice. Once practice is underway, he says, there should be an ongoing meditation on the ideal that is being strived for.

What is Buddhist Enlightenment? offers a wide-ranging exploration of issues that have a bearing on the contemporary meaning of enlightenment. While he takes an examination of what enlightenment has been in past Buddhist traditions as his point of departure, Wright’s historical considerations yield to the question that our lives press upon us-what kinds of lives should we aspire to live here, now, and into the future?

Dale S. Wright is the Gamble Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of Asian Studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He writes and teaches courses in Buddhist Studies, the Philosophy of Religion, and Contemporary Religious Thought. Wright is the author of books, articles, and reviews, including Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism and The Six Perfections: Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character and the co-editor of a series of five books on Zen Buddhist history for Oxford University Press.

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