CATEGORY: SPIRITUAL

I’m one of those people who doesn't like to be alone with their thoughts. Actually, it may be the opposite. Because I’m so obsessed with avoiding my negative thoughts that I must always be thinking of something else. Thinking to avoid thinking. Because of this, I’ve never let myself disengage. I can’t turn off. I truly believe it’s why I’ve also never been good at yoga. I’m too self aware. I can’t turn my brain off and just focus on my body. For these reasons, meditation has always been something I admired from afar but refused to attempt. The idea of making my mind blank seemed impossible. There was no way I’d be able to do it. It was one of those awful catch-22s. Meditation was supposed to help those who are stressed and stuck in their minds but only...

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Personality is influenced by many things. We can't pinpoint the way we are to one specific reason, however, it's always fun to get some insight into where certain aspects of our personality stem from. If personality was completely genetic, why are some of us so different from our siblings and our parents? Why are we drawn to certain things? Why do we react differently than others? One explanation is our zodiacs, but even more specifically, the day of the week we were born on. The seven days of the week correspond to the seven visible celestial bodies — Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. These celestial bodies are what make up our zodiac signs (your sign is governed by one of these planets) and affect us on a daily basis. Our ancient a...

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One is not born buddhist, one becomes a buddhist. And how do they become it? They practice, they learn, they teach, they believe. Pema Chödrön, referred to as a “bodhisattva warrior,” is one of the most famous and revered Buddhist teachers of our generation. Her writing, which explores Buddhist concepts and offers paths to conquering subjects such as suffering, fear, and difficult times, has inspired people worldwide. A central theme of her teaching is the principle of "shenpa", or "attachment", which she interprets as the moment one is hooked into a cycle of habitual negative or self-destructive thoughts and actions. According to Chödrön, this occurs when something in the present stimulates a reaction to a past experience. Like most Buddhist teache...

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