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There’s Something Happening Here

  By Deb Avery There is an undercurrent of violence running through the heart of our country. It isn’t new, but it is changing, mutating and growing. As the population continues to soar, so too will the violence, the horrors and the atrocities. Unless we do something to bring about a change. It’s so easy to look at the recent histories of shootings in this country and blame the gun laws and politicians. And a lot of that is simply the truth. But there are so many layers to the insidious nature of violence. When you begin to peel...

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Sometimes Right Action Means No Action {The Eightfold Path}

  By Lee Glazier I live by a pretty laid back philosophy when it comes to Right Action: Whenever possible, do nothing. That isn’t as simple seems, man. They did a study once, Dude. They did a study where people had the choice between sitting in a room for 15 minutes doing nothing and giving themselves an electric shock to get out of it early, and most participants chose the to shock themselves. 15 minutes. The principle is simple, though: Before doing something, ask yourself, “Do I need to do this?” If the answer’s, “No,” then, ya know, don’t...

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Becoming Buddhist

  By Julia Prentice I am a baby Buddhist. I am becoming, unfolding like the 8 fold path, with twists and turns and ups and downs. There are many more folds than eight for me right now. I am attempting meditation, some days more fruitful than others, and some days I don’t choose it and feel the loss and shame of not living up to my high, high standards. Other days my mind is jumping like a fish out of water, flopping and struggling to breathe. Then I remember my Buddhist teacher, and saying good morning to myself in...

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5 Types of People to Avoid on Your Personal Growth Journey

  By Crystal Caracciolo We have all heard the saying “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.” This seems to warrant the idea that we are much like the company we keep, and for some this may be true. However, if we are spiritually and personally growing and expanding, it is presenting as the exact opposite. When we start to improve our lives with personal development or are on the journey of our spiritual awakening slowly realizing our inner wisdom and potential, we begin to look more closely at whom we surround ourselves...

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The Pure Joy of Being {Book Review}

By Ty H. Phillips Shambhalas’ presentation of The Pure Joy of Being, by Fabrice Midal is a visual and spiritual masterpiece. Midal explores the story of Buddhism not only in itself but culturally and artistically within the cultures that it touched. Midal shares the visual wonders of Buddhist art in stone, metal, paint and more. The tomb is beautiful to behold and touch and pulls one into the essence of Buddhism. While the pages offer us a sense of Buddhism through the ages and the lives of the countless millions it has touched, it also brings one closer to...

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