Understanding Takes Place in the Absence of Mind


Published on Sep 2, 2016

A discussion about the nature of understanding.

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Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit Nourishing the Soul When Lifes Just Too Much by Karen Horneffer-Ginter

It seems that everyone is busy these days. The world is full of information, full of obligations, full of friends and family, full of everything-except fulfillment. Rushing has become a national epidemic. And even if you’re rushing between good things-if you have a happy family and a good job, if you have great friends and wonderful colleagues-you can feel drained and exhausted.

In Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit, psychologist Karen Horneffer-Ginter reaches out to readers who are feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of life. In this beautifully written book, she helps readers understand that it is this volume, this busyness, that creates a disconnect between their outer lives and inner selves. This separation causes our souls to wilt, and prevents us from experiencing joy and hearing our own wisdom about what needs to happen in our lives.

With an elegant narrative voice and the ability to inspire both laughter and compassion, Horneffer-Ginter takes readers on a journey to help them live more fully by exploring six shifts-learning to pause, turn within, fill up, come back to life, remember lightness, and embrace difficulty. Through a weave of personal stories, client experiences, and practical exercises, readers will learn to find balance in the swirl of daily life while reconnecting with what matters most.

Karen Horneffer-Ginter has been practicing psychology and teaching yoga and contemplative practices for over 16 years. She has also taught graduate students and health care professionals, along with directing a university-based holistic health care program, and co-founding the Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The aim of Karen’s work is to reconnect people with the wisdom of their inner-life by reclaiming what gets lost amidst the busyness of day-to-day life: qualities such as stillness, self-care, creativity, joy, humor, gratitude, and compassion. Her intention is to support people in finding a sense of balance and sacredness in their lives.

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Behind the Scenes of Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit

Karen Horneffer-Ginter discusses her upcoming book

Author Karen Horneffer-Ginter discusses her book, “Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit

Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life By James Martin

In Between Heaven and Mirth, James Martin, SJ, assures us that God wants us to experience joy, to cultivate a sense of holy humor, and to laugh at life’s absurdities—not to mention our own humanity. Father Martin invites believers to rediscover the importance of humor and laughter in our daily lives and to embrace an essential truth: faith leads to joy.

Holy people are joyful people, says Father Martin, offering countless examples of healthy humor and purposeful levity in the stories of biblical heroes and heroines, and in the lives of the saints and the world’s great spiritual masters. He shows us how the parables are often the stuff of comedy, and how the gospels reveal Jesus to be a man with a palpable sense of joy and even playfulness. In fact, Father Martin argues compellingly, thinking about a Jesus without a sense of humor may be close to heretical.

Drawing on Scripture, sharing anecdotes from his experiences as a lifelong Catholic, a Jesuit for over twenty years, and a priest for more than ten, and including amusing and insightful sidebars, footnotes, and jokes, Father Martin illustrates how joy, humor, and laughter help us to live more spiritual lives, understand ourselves and others better, and more fully appreciate God’s presence among us. Practical how-to advice helps us use humor to show our faith, embrace our humanity, put things into perspective, open our minds, speak truth, demonstrate courage, challenge power, learn hospitality, foster effective human relations, deepen our relationship with God, and … enjoy ourselves. Inviting God to lighten our hearts, we can enjoy a little heaven on earth.

The Rev. James Martin, S.J., is a Jesuit priest, author, and culture editor of America, the national Catholic magazine.

Father Martin was born in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1982, where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance (B.S. Econ.). After working for six years in corporate finance with General Electric Co. in New York and Connecticut, he entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1988. During his novitiate, Martin worked in a hospital for the seriously ill in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a hospice for the sick and dying with the Missionaries of Charity in Kingston, Jamaica; a homeless shelter in Boston, and at the Nativity Mission School, a middle school for poor boys, in New York City. In August 1990, he pronounced his simple vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. From 1990 to 1992, he studied philosophy at Loyola University in Chicago, and also worked in an outreach program with street-gang members in the inner city and at a local community center helping unemployed men and women find jobs. For his “regency,” he worked for two years with the Jesuit..

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Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter are at the Heart of the spiritual life

The Joy Compass: Eight Ways to Find Lasting Happiness, Gratitude, and Optimism in the Present Moment ~ Donald Altman MA, LPC

What would life be like if we could get beyond the everyday worries, troubles, and stress that keep us from enjoying the joy in every moment?

The Joy Compass is the little book that leads readers toward this possibility with tips and strategies for overriding the brain’s natural negativity bias so that they can reset their moods, release their laughter, and fully appreciate happy moments. Readers learn to recognize their negative moods as early as possible and override them to refocus their attention toward the people, events, and thoughts that bring them joy.

The eight unique mindfulness strategies in this book help readers position their joy compass toward the present moment and develop the capacity to always have joy within arm’s reach, no matter the situation. The strategies include laughing, expressing gratitude, forgiving others, self-soothing with music, and spending silent time in contemplation or prayer.

Contents

1: Developing Attention & Intention

1. Becoming Friends with Your Mind and Body

2. Using Intention to Show Who’s in Control

2: Mindfulness Pathways to Joy & Positive Moods

3. Laughter Really Is Powerful Medicine

4. Get an Attitude of Gratitude

5. Finding Forgiveness

6. Music Is the Magical Mood Manager

7. Contemplation and Meditation

8. Mobilize Resources through Affirmation

9. Get Grounded in the Here and Now

10. Thrive through Love and Social Connections

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Donald Altman

Donald is a psychotherapist and former Buddhist monk. Born in Chicago, he now resides in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches at Portland State University as an adjunct faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology Program, and is an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Donald also serves on the board of directors of “THE CENTER FOR MINDFUL EATING.”

In his own words: “Mindfulness is my passion. I ordained in a Burmese Buddhist monastery with a wonderful mindfulness teacher– the venerable U. Silananda (author of The Four Foundations of Mindfulness). Later, while leading workshops on spiritual eating, I found many people coming to ask me about eating disorders that they were struggling with… and so I returned to school and am now a licensed psychotherapist. I believe it only takes a few grains of mindfulness each day to deepen enjoyment in daily life, and I have seen how it has changed lives in a positive way… one moment at a time!”

In addition to bringing practical mindfulness skills and strategies to anyone wanting a less chaotic life, Donald also travels around the country teaching therapists and professionals how to use clinical mindfulness interventions for anxiety, depression, and stress.

Donald Altman author of One-Minute Mindfulness
Donald Altman author of ONE-MINUTE MINDFULNESS (New World Library) explains how a simple task like washing the dishes is a wonderful opportunity to practice mindfulness on this AM Northwest interview in Portland, OR.

Laughing Buddha


Satsang with Mooji, 11th Feb 2009, Tiruvannamalai (India)

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After the warm welcome to our first LAUGHING BUDDHA video, it would have been a shame not to pursue with sharing those amazing moments of liberating laughter… They were quite frequent during satsang with Papaji, and so are they with dear Moojiji.

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Tiruvannamalai, India
13th Feb 2011 morning
“This is the laughing Buddha! When they see that which was unreal this laughter comes”

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