Mini Mindfulness Break for January 17, 2022

Dear Friends:
Seeing Another

When you’re not entrapped by another person’s appearance or behavior, you can see behind all that to a deeper level of their being because your mind has tuned itself; you’ve shifted your focus just that little bit to see their soul. That soul quality is love.

– Ram Dass, “Tuning the Mind “

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7 Ways to be More Grateful
These 7 ways to be more grateful in life were written by Luminita Saviac – The Purpose Ferry. I find them to be very useful in light of my daily practice of gratitude. If you are not practicing gratitude on a daily basis, maybe you should begin. It is one of the fastest …

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for January 16, 2022

Dear Friends:
Job 1 is not to take ownership of egocentric karmic conditioning/self-hate. It’s a program. Everybody has one and it only seems as if what it’s doing with each of us is personal. The conditioning we grew up with gets tied to the karma we came in with, and the whole thing rolls up into the egocentric mess we’re brainwashed into believing is “I/me.” It’s not you. You are the awareness that is aware of it. It desperately wants you to believe it’s the “you” that gets caught up and that takes personally what “others” are doing. Just begin to watch it and you’ll see the repetitious, monotonous, tedious nature of its yammering.

– Cheri Huber, Daily Peace Quote

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Alicia Keys Spoke on Finding Herself with Oprah
Alicia Keys spoke on finding herself with Oprah during this portion of a Master Class on OWN TV. She talks about how frenetic her life was as a musician and honored celebrity. She decided to take a three week break from it all and went to Egypt. She says, I was just so reinvigor …

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for January 15, 2022

Dear Friends:
The Foundation of Generosity

Gratitude, the simple and profound feeling of being thankful, is the foundation of all generosity. I am generous when I believe that right now, right here, in this form and this place, I am myself being given what I need. Generosity requires that we relinquish something, and this is impossible if we are not glad for what we have.

– Sallie Jiko Tisdale, “As If There is Nothing to Lose”

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The Goal of Meditation
Many people think that the goal of meditation is to achieve a state called “enlightenment,” nirvana, the ultimate dimension, the other shore, or God. In actuality, many of the states are not achievable when we are caught in our thoughts, feelings, emotions, plans, dream …

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May you be free from suffering and the causes of suffering!

All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for January 14, 2022

Dear Friends:
You Must Walk the Path Yourself

It is essential at the beginning of practice to acknowledge that the path is personal and intimate. It is no good to examine it from a distance as if it were someone else’s. You must walk it for yourself.

– Robert Aitken, “The Teacher in Everything”

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Tea Much Too
A famous university professor went to visit a well-known Zen master. While the Zen master quietly poured the tea, the professor talked talked and talked. The master poured the professor’s cup to overflowing, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup un …

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for January 14, 2022

Dear Friends:
You Must Walk the Path Yourself

It is essential at the beginning of practice to acknowledge that the path is personal and intimate. It is no good to examine it from a distance as if it were someone else’s. You must walk it for yourself.

– Robert Aitken, “The Teacher in Everything”

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Let Your Mind Settle
Here is a story and a quote that teaches you how to let your mind settle. You may want to do this prior to taking an action when you are disturbed or upset. In The Sun My Heart: From Mindfulness to Insight and Contemplation, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh ( …

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May you be free from suffering and the causes of suffering!

All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for January 10, 2022

Dear Friends:
You Have Nothing to Renounce

Think of the benefits of renunciation. Or if you prefer, contemplate the illusory nature of samsara, and appreciate that you have nothing to renounce.

– Amie Barrodale, “The Night Report “

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Interbeing
This dharma talk by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh introduces us to the insight interbeing. Interbeing describes the interconnectedness of all things. He says that we inter-are with the entire cosmos. Interbeing is an essential teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh. He coined the phrase and …

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for January 09, 2022

Dear Friends:
Spacious Mind

Noticing the space around people and things provides a different way of looking at them, and developing this spacious view is a way of opening oneself. When one has a spacious mind, there is room for everything. When one has a narrow mind, there is room for only a few things.

– Ajahn Sumedho, “Noticing Space”

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Thich Nhat Hanh Speaks On Emptiness
This is one of the most beautiful videos on this site! Most of the images are time elapsed photographs of beautiful flowers. You see the flowers opening up and closing. You see the dandelion seeds floating around the field. You see flowers blooming and seeds flying through the a …

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for January 08, 2022

Dear Friends:
We cannot succeed if we only pursue our own success and prosperity, and not the well-being of others.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh, The Raft

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Happiness is the Normal State
One of the most memorable teachings of Father Eli is that, “Happiness is the normal state of a healthy, well-adjusted individual.” Another one of his interesting ideas about happiness is that “Happiness is a state of mind in which our thinking is pleasant a good share of the time …

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for January 07, 2022

Dear Friends:
Inner peace is not something you deserve; it is your inherent birthright as a human being on the planet at this time in your life. It is the normal state of a healthy person. You can be relaxed and happy only now “” not anytime in the future. The daily practice of Mindfulness Breaks can facilitate this.

– Jerome Freedman, Mindfulness Breaks: Your Path to Awakening

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Quiet Time In Schools
There has been a lot of talk about quiet time in schools lately. Daniel Goleman, in his book, Focus, reports on activities in New Zealand, New Haven, Connecticut, Youngstown, Ohio, Anchorage, Alaska,  Singapore, and many other places. The one thing that these activities …

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for January 06, 2022

Dear Friends:
The Binding Thread

A string of beads has a thread running through all the beads, keeping them together. What we need is a thread too–of sanity and stability. Because when you have a thread, even though each bead is separate, they hang together.

– Sogyal Rinpoche, “The Stability of Ease “

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An Experiment in Happiness
Sharon Salzberg is here again with words of wisdom about an experiment in happiness. She is talking about doing a retreat with the attitude of a scientist – just as an experiment. I think, in terms of a retreat, one of the best attitudes to have altogether is to see it as an exp …

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May you be free from suffering and the causes of suffering!

All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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