Category: Empower Me

When #MeToo Hits a Sangha: The End of an Era

  By Michelleanne Bradley I am a mostly trusting person. I believe that people are not perfect, and that we are doing the best that we can with what we have at the moment. On this site right here, there were articles written on each step of the Eightfold Path, and what that practice looks like. For me, the hardest part about following the path is the grief and anger around betrayal. It is like there is this liquid that runs hotter than the surface of the sun that is in the inner core of my body, and when...

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There is No Guru

By Dana Gornall Every once in awhile when people hear my name, they repeat a line from a popular 1980’s movie, Ghostbusters. “There is no Dana, there is only Zuul.” It’s the line Sigourney Weaver delivers after being possessed by some sort of evil entity. Her regular, somewhat conservative, persona has been totally transformed. When Bill Murray’s character is trying to find a way to connect with mild-mannered Dana, she tells him that there is no Dana. I could say that lately I have been doing some soul searching, but that isn’t quite right because “lately” has become about...

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How to Deal with Annoying People (Mindfully)

By Leo Babauta It’s a common thing to be frequently annoyed by other people. Added to our regular interactions with family, friends and coworkers are the online habits of people on various social media, and they can all irritate the hell out of us. What can we do when other people are being annoying, frustrating, inconsiderate, irritating, even aggravating? Well, assuming we’re not in real danger and we don’t need to take action to protect ourselves, often the best practice is an internal shift rather than trying to change the other person’s behavior. That suggestion in itself can be...

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Cigarette Moments: Glamorizing the Culture of Use

  By Debbie Lynn …And as the outcasts in dark corners shutter in pain, the world keeps spinning I will never glamorize the things that are dark and unhealthy. The underbelly of society is nasty place to dwell; it is a rebellious, an anti-social and a destructive life that exists out there, yet few have witnessed at its core. Smokey enclosures, tapping the vein, white and black powder, just a few ways to escape. Erratic movements, calculated words, and the slyness of deceit to get a fix, a smoke, or to find solace in a soulless body…it’s all there....

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Living Satya: No Lies, Your Practice is Truth

  By Darren Littlejohn In traditional recovery literature, it’s said that we’re as sick as our secrets. To integrate with our deepest selves, we need to learn how to uncover and be present in our truth and to speak it, live it and work with it in our lives on the planet with other beings, each with their own truths and lies. Jordan Petersen, the internet-famous Clinical Psychologist, says that to be able to articulate our truth is perhaps the most vital skill we can have. We can’t live in fear of rocking the boat, tipping the scales or...

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