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Essays on Karma, for Kindle

Both an introduction, a kind of ‘Karma for dummies’, and a look at the philosophical questions that the doctrine of karma calls up. You will learn to question what you have always thought about karma as well as deepen your understanding of the Indian and Buddhist background of this teaching central to much of Asian [The rest of this article]

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REALLY doable beginner yoga videos

Over the past year and a half I have done yoga regularly. So I am not a complete beginner in yoga. However, since I am not very flexible, only beginner-yoga poses work for me. To have a bit of variety, I have begun to work with free yoga videos that are available on YouTube. Unfortunately these [The rest of this article]

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Praying for the Middle East

CNN reports: Authorities in France and Belgium took people into custody Saturday in the aftermath of the worst violence in France since World War II, a series of terror attacks that killed more than 120 people. Alright: in a European context this is a massive attack. However, the outpouring of support is a bit excessive. The image [The rest of this article]

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As I said in my previous post, I have been meditating on self-compassion for the past six months or so. I have been pondering what makes it so effective and also - why it doesn't make me more selfish, because I don't think it does. I think I have hit on the difference: Selfishness is [The rest of this article]

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Compassion meditation – a free ebook

I have been regularly meditating on compassion, through the secular methods developed by Kristin Neff for about 6 months now. It does me a lot of good. Self-compassion meditation is a popular course taken after (MBSR) mindfulness meditation, though it can be done without that background. I have been wondering how to write about this topic. Writing about love [The rest of this article]

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On April 1st, hubpages, the site I was making half my online income on, banned me without an explanation. Unfortunately, this wasn't an April fools joke. It took some getting used to, but since I wasn't making enough to live on anyhow, it didn't make that much of a difference. On a positive note: I started [The rest of this article]

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Patience with the spiritual teacher

A few weeks ago, I dropped out of a weekend teaching-retreat because the teacher wasn't what I needed. She was telling students off, for not formulating their question very well and I had too much going on in my life to stand for it. I went home a day early and enjoyed a quiet weekend. I'm learning to take [The rest of this article]

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Women need to learn to break the rules!

The Buddha is said to have told off members of his sangha for not breaking enough rules (*). Why? Because it meant they weren't taking enough risks. I think many women need really to take that advice to heart. I started the training to become a mindfulness trainer last week. It is a training in two parts. The [The rest of this article]

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Best Women Spiritual Teachers

Gender is very much in the news these days. Feminism is losing its negative connotation and the internet is making it possible to empathize with girls and women all over the world fighting for basic liberties. (*) I am a feminist and was raised one. Strong women are so normal in my family, that my [The rest of this article]

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It takes a while to get comfortable with the richness of allowing yourself to just be with your own mind. It's a little like meeting an old friend for the first time in years. There may be some awkwardness in the beginning, not knowing who this person is anymore, not knowing quite how to be with [The rest of this article]

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Blavatsky’s relevance in the 21st century

H.P. Blavatsky was my first spiritual love. As a 19-year-old I drank in her Key to Theosophy (*) and loved the idea of finding a common core between all religions, science and philosophy. I thought that this had to be attempted, for the welfare of humanity. Grand ideas - and very unrealistic. While the commonalities between religions should be valued [The rest of this article]

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