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Meditation and Psychology

Going From Deluded Pride to Divine Pride

What is deluded pride? Deluded pride is quite simply a view of ourself that considers us to be more important or significant than we actually are. It causes us a lot of pain because when we are filled with pride we are vulnerable to the criticisms of others and to our own insecurities (indeed deluded pride […]

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Darkness Emerging as Light

Hi Everyone, Instinctively we shun difficult and dark emotion in our search for happiness and wellbeing. But what if the secret to finding really dynamic, enlightened happiness was to be found within those dark emotions themselves? This weeks article explores this idea. Yours in the spirit of darkness as light, Toby     Article of the […]

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Tapping into the Ever Present Abundance of Happiness

Hi Toby, This weeks article looks at how we can find an ever present abundance of happiness “right under our nose” so to speak. I really believe that a practice like this only gets more important and more relevant as our planet becomes ever more crowded and interconnected, and the need for us all to “think as […]

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Zen Meditation on the Body Within the Body (Within the Body)

Hi Everyone, This weeks meditation article focuses on the Zen meditation on the body within the body. The first part of the meditation, separating our actual body from our conceptual image of our body is a traditional Zen technique. The second part, dropping the body and resting in the pure awareness body is my own addition […]

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There is Always Something to Feel Insecure About

Hi Everyone, Back in the 1950’s Allan Watts wrote a book called “The Wisdom of Insecurity”. Although written a while back for me it is still one of the most interesting and useful guides on making friends with our insecurity that I have found. This weeks article takes a look at insecurity, and what we can […]

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The Eternal Present and the Four Types of Time

Hi Everyone, How do you think of time? It is one of three major aspects of our experience (the other two being space and energy). Often as not we think of time as being just one thing, but in reality it is much more than that. In the article below I outline four major aspects of […]

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Finding Your Best Response to Anxiety – An Existential Perspective

Hi Everyone, This week’s article focuses on existential anxiety. The discovery of the idea of existential anxiety has been I think the most informative and transforming single factor in my approach to the challenge of anxiety over the last year. It has really made a big difference to the way I see and experience myself […]

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Your Ego as Resistance to What is Present

Hi Everyone, The theme of this week’s newsletter is the perennial spiritual theme of learning to live more fully into the present moment. This week’s article is on the subject of how and why our ego resists living in the present moment, and gives a specific technique for us to start tackling this resistance. Yours in […]

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Can Meditation Help You Find Your Life’s Purpose? (and Qi gong classes for January)

Hi Everyone, I hope you had a relaxing and fulfilling Christmas and Boxing day, I had a very pleasant time, just about the right balance of sociability, good food and quiet reflection! With the new year approaching I my thoughts have been turning (like many people) to what I would most like to focus on […]

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What Does “Spiritual” Really Mean? (And What it Does Not Mean!)

Hi Everyone, This weeks creative meditations article looks to gain a little clarity with regard to the meaning of spirituality which is certainly not the easiest of topics to pin down! Underneath the article you can find the details of the final meditation class of 2011, which I have entitled “From no self to the Expanded […]

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