Me, My Selfie and I, shared by Dr. Linda Papadopoulos

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.

-May Sarton-

Would Freud have imagined discussing someone’s Facebook posts or Twitter arguments during a session? Has our “online identity” become so powerful that it can affect our mental health? How do we navigate the digital world while still holding a richness of self? Today’s Daily Dose shared by Linda Papadopoulos is a great start in understanding the power of our online image.

Linda Papadopoulos, shares anecdotes about how the opinions of other can infiltrate our lives through social media. We once were told “what will THEY say about you?”; now we know what THEY will say  because it’s affirmed by the instant feedback of social media. The number of likes, hearts or smiley face emoji’s can either bring joy or despair to those of us who hold the opinion of others very close to our hearts.  What can we do to maintain mental health while still enjoying the amazing digital world we live in? Check out Linda’s Wise Reads below!

Linda Papadopoulos is a Canadian psychologist of Greek descent, based in England. Over the past decade Dr. Linda has become one of the most well-recognized faces on British TV. She is a regular commentator on psychological issues in broadcast, radio and print media. She is the author of 9 books, one of her most recent, Whose Life is it Anyway? helps us live life on our own terms. Connect with Linda Papadopoulos and her awesome work via her website, Twitter and Facebook.

Many thanks to Dr. Linda for her continued commitment to positive mental health. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I have.

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Stop Setting Goals, Stack Your Habits! shared by Alex Heyne

Most people don’t have the willingness to break bad habits. They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims.

-Carlos Santana-

Is Goal Setting a challenge for you ? Do you find yourself setting lofty goals and quitting after missing the mark? Could stacking a related habit become a seed from which a goal may eventually emerge? Today’s video shared by Alex Heyne at the Modern Health Monk encourages us to ditch those pesky goals and stack our habits instead.

So how do we build that habit muscle? By more stacking and less stigma. By stacking our habits we remove the stigma of not reaching the goal, so the process itself becomes the goal. An enjoyable process always helps move us to keep up the habit. We can easily reward ourselves for a good habit even when the goal has not been met. Learn more about the process in Alex’s great new book as well:

Master The Day: Eat, Move and Live Better With The Power of Daily Habits

Give it a shot, next time you have a goal in mind, take the first step by stacking a habit that leads you down that road. Forget about the end goal, it will come when you least expect it.

Hope you enjoy this message and the day.

Stay Wise and Stack Those Habits.

My Vipassana Meditation Experience, shared by Brittany Taylor

“In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.”

-Hugh Jackman

Ever wonder what it would be like to experience 100 hours of silence? “Noble Silence” as those who practice Vipasanna call it. How challenging and intense would it really be? How rewarding and fulfilling?

Fortunately for us, Brittany Taylor has shared her experience attending one of the most intense centers on the globe, Dhamma Ābhā,  in Phitsanulok, Thailand. In this awesome clip, Brittany shares the highs and lows of her 10 day experience with us.  If you have ever considered a retreat, check out Brittany’s journey and check out the Vipassana Wise Reads below:

Brittany Taylor is a global nomad living out of a backpack and her RV “Winnie”. She travels the world while coaching, operating multiple YouTube channels, and a hosting some epic events! She is a self described “seeker” and works to find abundance in life with minimal attachments. Brittany describes her struggles leaving attachments for a nomadic lifestyle, her trials when the few items she has in her backpack were lost, how she finances a free lifestyle, as well as her connections with other nomads in her travels.

She has recently embarked on a connection with Conor McMillen to create a program called Creating Epic Relationships as well as a channel centered on inspiring authentic relationships. Connect with Brittany and Conor on their channel and website,which includes relationship programs, a recipe book and events listings.

Many thanks to Brittany for sharing her Vipasanna experience, may her 2017 be happy and fulfilling!

Have a great weekend!

Five Levels of Attachment by Don Miguel Ruiz Jr., shared by The Journey

Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.

-Simone Weil-

How could ancient wisdom from the Toltec culture give us guidance on the subject of attachment? Could understanding the 5 ways we inappropriately attach ourselves to the world help us suffer a bit less? Today’s video presented by The Journey, reviews The 5 Levels of Attachment, by Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr.

Don Miguel, a best selling author, is of the Toltec and Nagual heritage, which incorporates the spiritual and mythological with awareness to bring clarity. He presents the 5 levels of attachment:

  • Authentic Self
  • Preference
  • Identification
  • Internalization
  • Fanaticism

while inviting us to look at our lives to see how an unhealthy concentration of these levels can leave us in a fog. If this peaks your interest, Ruiz and his father have created a library of wonderful books:

The Five Levels of Attachment: Toltec Wisdom for the Modern World

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship: A Toltec Wisdom Book

Check out the Journey’s channel which does an awesome job animating and summarizing Ruiz’s powerful work. Well done to both the reviewer and author. Hope you enjoy!

Have a great day and Stay Wise.

Friday Freedom! Four Ways of Letting Go, Shared by Ajahn Brahm

“We should always be grateful for the faults in our partner because if they didn’t have those faults from the start, they would have been able to marry someone much better than us”

-Ajahn Brahm-

Have you considered Buddhism and Zen but found yourself at odds with the austere teachings? What if you had your own monk? Part Monk and part stand-up comedian. No need to feed him after sunset or even wash his robes, just turn him on from your iPhone or tablet.

If reading is more your style Ajahn Brahm also has an extensive collection of awesome books:

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life’s Difficulties

If that sounds enticing, I encourage you to spend some time with Ajahn Brahm and the merry monks of Western Australia. Ajahn Brahm is one of the many delightfully funny speakers of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Many of the talks contain light humor and insights on how we can live better, embracing the worldly challenges around us. The videos range from a few minutes to a couple of hours so you can always find something that fits the bill.

Don’t Worry, Be Grumpy: Inspiring Stories for Making the Most of Each Moment

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator’s Handbook

Make Ajahn Brahm and the BSWA part of your next spiritual study, you could emerge with warm acceptance toward life’s challenges and a maybe learn a couple new jokes.  Give it a try.

Stay Wise.

My Vipassana Meditation Experience, shared by Brittany Taylor

“In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.”

-Hugh Jackman

Ever wonder what it would be like to experience 100 hours of silence? “Noble Silence” as those who practice Vipasanna call it. How challenging and intense would it really be? How rewarding and fulfilling?

Fortunately for us, Brittany Taylor has shared her experience attending one of the most intense centers on the globe, Dhamma Ābhā,  in Phitsanulok, Thailand. In this awesome clip, Brittany shares the highs and lows of her 10 day experience with us.  If you have ever considered a retreat, check out Brittany’s journey and check out the Vipassana Wise Reads below:

Brittany Taylor is a global nomad living out of a backpack and her RV “Winnie”. She travels the world while coaching, operating multiple YouTube channels, and a hosting some epic events! She is a self described “seeker” and works to find abundance in life with minimal attachments. Brittany describes her struggles leaving attachments for a nomadic lifestyle, her trials when the few items she has in her backpack were lost, how she finances a free lifestyle, as well as her connections with other nomads in her travels.

She has recently embarked on a connection with Conor McMillen to create a program called Creating Epic Relationships as well as a channel centered on inspiring authentic relationships. Connect with Brittany and Conor on their channel and website,which includes relationship programs, a recipe book and events listings.

Many thanks to Brittany for sharing her Vipasanna experience, may her 2017 be happy and fulfilling!

Have a great weekend!

Four Ways of Letting Go, Shared by Ajahn Brahm

“We should always be grateful for the faults in our partner because if they didn’t have those faults from the start, they would have been able to marry someone much better than us”

-Ajahn Brahm-

Have you considered Buddhism and Zen but found yourself at odds with the austere teachings? What if you had your own monk? Part Monk and part stand-up comedian. No need to feed him after sunset or even wash his robes, just turn him on from your iPhone or tablet.

If that sounds enticing, I encourage you to spend some time with Ajahn Brahm and the merry monks of Western Australia. Ajahn Brahm is one of the many delightfully funny speakers of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Many of the talks contain light humor and insights on how we can live better, embracing the worldly challenges around us. The videos range from a few minutes to a couple of hours so you can always find something that fits the bill.

If reading is more your style Ajahn Brahm also has an extensive collection of awesome books:

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life’s Difficulties

Don’t Worry, Be Grumpy: Inspiring Stories for Making the Most of Each Moment

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator’s Handbook

Make Ajahn Brahm and the BSWA part of your next spiritual study, you could emerge with warm acceptance toward life’s challenges and a maybe learn a couple new jokes.  Give it a try.

Stay Wise.