Category: Empower Me

At The Heart Of Right Thought: It Starts with Our Reactions {The Eightfold Path}

By Deb Avery We tend to make things so difficult sometimes. We read and study many books and teachings about what this teacher teaches and what that one believes. We worry about following this lineage or that. Maybe we feel that we must learn all of the proper words, mudras and rituals before we can genuinely practice Buddhism. But, in all actuality, it is very simple: what is in our hearts and our minds creates the world around us. At the heart of any Buddhist practice is the Eightfold Path. The Path can be as simple or as complicated...

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Right View: Am I Sure? {The Eightfold Path}

  By Jessica Desai What does Buddhism and the corporate world have in common? Oddly the secular answer to improving business is similar to the Buddha’s suggestion for improving self. I worked for a Fortune 40 company that loved Six Sigma, which is a process improvement methodology aimed at removing defects and improving quality. One of the main techniques used in this methodology for uncovering big problems is called the 5 Why’s. In this technique you have to ask “why” five times to uncover the root cause for any problem. Extensive research uncovered that it took asking the question “why” five times before the true...

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The Power of Dance & Getting into Our Own Bodies

  By Ellie Pappas One of the goals I’ve set for 2018 is to go to a dance workshop once a month. A dance workshop is different than having a night out dancing. It has elements that are instructional, and intentional. My emotional intention with going to these types of workshops is to get out of my head and into my body. It is about increasing self expression and delving deeper into my authentic self and my truth. One that does not require words, but simply the body’s intelligence. The workshop I went to had two basic parts: Part...

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Change Your Thoughts, Change the World

  By Deb Avery I have had times in the past when I allowed others views and actions to influence my own thoughts about myself and others. It has taken many years of deep inner work, meditation and letting go of preconceived notions, for me to understand that what anyone else says or does has no bearing on my worth or my journey. Yet it has everything to do with theirs. Our childhood shapes and molds us from the very beginning. Some of us have awesome childhood memories and were well cared for and supported. We went on to...

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Getting Caught Up in Indecision

  By J.G. Lewis What will I do today? This week?
 Each day I ask this of myself. I ask this of others—daily, hourly—each second of every minute I ask questions, and with each question comes a decision. We all make decisions all the time. Continually. Where to go, what to do, what to buy, whether to stay, what to say, how to say it, how to ask a question—all decisions. Each and every act, goal, accomplishment or failure, begins with a decision. How can I be sure the decisions I make are right, or proper, or ethical…even moral?...

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