Words of Wisdom for February 21, 2024

Dear Friends:
Every second a voice of love comes from every side.
Who needs to go sightseeing?

– Rumi, Daily Peace Quote

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Letting Go of Anxiety, Stress and Worry: Guided Meditation – Purpose Fairy
Letting Go of Anxiety, Stress and Worry: Guided Meditation. “Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This …

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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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Words of Wisdom for February 20, 2024

Dear Friends:
“In big cities, on farms, in remote places, throughout the countryside, people are moving busily. Why? We are all motivated by the desire to make ourselves happy. To do so is right. However, we must keep in mind that too much involvement in the superficial aspects of life will not solve our larger problem of discontentment. Love, compassion, and concern for others are the real sources of happiness.”

– Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Tibet House

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The Liberating Quality of Love
In this video, Dr. Maya Angelou speaks on the liberating quality of love. I believe this was on Oprah Winfrey’s Master Class, but I’m not sure. If you find out, please let me know. She spoke about the time when her mother was dying. She says that “Love liberates:” I am gratefu …

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for February 19, 2024

Dear Friends:
Anicca–change, or impermanence–is one of the three characteristics of our existence. But even with our Dharma practice, when we have so much coming at us, we may feel afraid of change, or be afraid to make some changes in ourselves. One thing that gets in the way of letting go of negative thought patterns and making changes is trauma. What’s beautiful, though, is that the psychological, neurological, and biochemical impacts of trauma can be reversed entirely! The mind has enough neuroplasticity that you can heal and thrive in ways that you may have never believed possible.

– Pawan Bareja, Spirit Rock

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Top 8 Foods to Improve Mental Health – Purpose Fairy
Changing your dietary habits might be a good starting point to improve your mental health. These 8 foods can improve your mental health if taken regularly. Source: Top 8 Foods to Improve Mental Health – Purpose Fairy

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for February 18, 2024

Dear Friends:
Explore Your Resistance

Rather than resist our resistance, we can allow ourselves to explore it in intimate detail, like a bug traveling across a flower, petal by petal. Examined at close range and without judgment, each form of resistance reveals its own rich texture.

– Noelle Oxenhandler, “Twirling a Flower”

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7 Shortcuts to Boost Your Happiness – Purpose Fairy
7 Shortcuts to Boost Your Happiness. While there might not be a recipe for creating a happy, spontaneous occasion there are ways you can boost your overall happiness.Source: 7 Shortcuts to Boost Your Happiness – Purpose Fairy

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for February 17, 2024

Dear Friends:
Maintaining Arisen Healthy States

Whatever a person frequently thinks about and ponders, that will become the inclination of their mind. If one frequently thinks about and ponders healthy states, one has abandoned unhealthy states to cultivate healthy states, and then one’s mind inclines to healthy states. (MN 19)

Here a person rouses the will, makes an effort, stirs up energy, exerts the mind, and strives to maintain arisen healthy mental states. One maintains the arisen awakening factor of joy. (MN 141)

– Buddha, Dharma Wheel – Tricycle

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President Obama Spoke To The Children
President Obama spoke to the children and grieving families in Newtown, Connecticut where 20 children and 6 adults lost their lives. He said, “We as a nation are left with some hard questions… Our first task is caring for our children… Are we doing enough to keep our childre …

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Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for February 16, 2024

Dear Friends:
“Recently some friends told me about how much stress they were going through because of economy, business, family and all sorts of things. For curiosity, I checked the online dictionary what is the modern scholars’ explanation of stress and it is said that, “Stress is the consequence of the failure to adapt to change.” Surprisingly, I think to a certain extent, they are quite right.

Stress is a result of inflexibility and non-acceptance. In other words, it is caused by strong attachment and expectations. When there is hope or expectation, there is fear that this expectation will not come true, that is to say whatever you expect may not happen as you wish. So stress comes.

Thinking of this stresses me out too. One of my friends was almost crying because despite he was very successful in his business, he was having stress trying to keep up with the success; even though he has made a lot of money in the past 10 years, he is now under a lot of stress because he now has to work very hard to keep the level of the wealth.”

– His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

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How Life Tells You It’s Time for a Change – Purpose Fairy
How Life Tells You It’s Time for a Change. It’s incredible how many things can change in two years and how much a person can be transformed in such a short period of time. Source: How Life Tells You It’s Time for a Change – Purpose Fairy

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Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for February 15, 2024

Dear Friends:
I always say joy is the happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.

– Brother David Steindl-Rast

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What is a Hero?
What is a hero? Do you really know? Is it someone strong and vibrant who goes off and slays your enemies and upholds your friends? Or is it a football quarterback who wins the Super Bows in the last second with his “hail Mary” throw? Christoper McDougall doesn’t think it is any …

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Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom

Dear Friends:

Happy Valentine’s Day

“The best gift we can offer our beloved is our true presence, our true listening. We can ask our beloved one, “Darling, do you think I understand you enough? Please tell me how you are really doing. Please open your heart and help me to understand your joys and difficulties, so I can understand you and truly love you.’

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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Words of Wisdom for February 13, 2024

Dear Friends:
Train Your Mind: Practice the Five Strengths

In Slogan 17 of Atisha’s 59 lojong slogans–an ancient set of mind-training practices–determination is described as one of the key components of action. Instead of drifting through the day, one should consciously choose a direction and stick with it.

– Judy Lief, Tricycle

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Compassion and Love
Merry Christmas These words of wisdom from the Dalai Lama are about compassion and love. They are perfect words to contemplate as you open your gifts of luxury. Contemplating compassion for all beings is an important aspect of Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards Men and Women

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Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for February 12, 2024

Dear Friends:
Even though it is midnight, dawn is here; even though dawn comes, it is nighttime.

– Shunryu Suzuki

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Meditation Practices of Musar
Being raised in a conservative Jewish home, I often tell people, “I am Jewish on my parents’ side!” I am a BuJew (see below)! Although our home was very observant, I didn’t absorb much, compared to my brother, David, who is now an orthodox Rabbi or my brother, Joe, who has lived …

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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