Friday, February 5, 2016

Horses Help Heal People’s Troubled Bodies And Spirits --by Paul Morris

Originally Posted HERE

Whether or not you believe in holistic medicine, one thing is certain: there is just something about the relationship we humans have with animals that is absolutely incredible! And when that relationship is used to help a human feel better? You can actually see the results with your own two eyes.

This special horse retreat is known as Equinsity Retreats, and it’s meant to help people’s souls feel good again. While to some people it might seem silly, others swear by it. The horses on this 325-acre estate were bred to love humans, but for the most part they’re absolutely free and wild animals.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A New Vision for Dreams of the Dying --by Jan Hoffman

Originally Posted HERE

Jonathon Rosen
One evening in the late fall, Lucien Majors, 84, sat at his kitchen table, his wife Jan by his side, as he described a recent dream.
Mr. Majors had end-stage bladder cancer and was in renal failure. As he spoke with a doctor from Hospice Buffalo , he was alert but faltering.
In the dream, he said, he was in his car with his great pal, Carmen. His three sons, teenagers, were in the back seat, joking around.

Monday, February 1, 2016

How Rumi's Teachings Saved Karen Cavanagh's Life --from the Belief Series (OWN)

Originally Posted HERE
After a surfing accident left Karen Cavanagh with a broken neck and a traumatic brain injury, doctors didn't think she would survive. But as she drifted in and out of consciousness, the words of the Muslim poet Rumi ran through her mind, giving her hope and the will to endure. After a miraculous recovery from her life-threatening injuries, the doctors told her she would never walk again.

Once more, Karen proved them wrong.

That time David Bowie almost became a Buddhist monk — and what he said (and sang) about that time --by Rod Meade Sperry

Originally Posted HERE

The year was 1967. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who had fled Tibet and would eventually move to North America, was at Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland. His star, and that of Buddhism, was already rising on that side of the Atlantic, attracting a new generation of seekers. Some of them were stars themselves. One — so the story goes — was David Bowie, who had started coming around Samye Ling at the inspiration of his friend and collaborator, Tony Visconti (who even worked on Bowie’s brilliant swansong, the just-released Blackstar), as well as that of Bowie’s girlfriend at the time, Hermione Farthingale.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Life experience and cognitive science deepen the case for mindfulness in the law --by Rhonda V. Magee

 Rhonda Magee. Photograph Courtesy of
University of San Francisco School of Law.
Originally Posted HERE

It seems a lifetime ago, when I lived in the South. A little girl in Kinston, North Carolina, I was at the local grocery store when one of the white men who ran it saw me place something in my pocket, rushed over and snatched my hand, expecting to find an item I'd sought to steal. Instead he found a tissue. Being raised in a Christian home and spending much time with a grandmother, Granma Nan, who'd been called to the ministry, I knew I wasn't a criminal. But from that day forward, I knew I would have to figure out how to navigate a world in which many people would think me likely to be one—and, as this store clerk did before I was 5 years old, treat me first as a criminal and ask questions later.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pema Chödrön & k.d. lang talk Buddhism, creativity, and “gapaciousness” --by Lion's Roar Staff

Pema Chodron, kd lang, lion's roar, shambhala sun, buddhism, music
Pema Chödrön and k.d. lang. Photos by Christine Alicino.

Originally Posted HERE

The beloved Buddhist teacher and famed singer joined Sounds True founder Tami Simon for a lively and insightful conversation about meditation, learning from hard times, and what it means to get “gapacious.” The evening was a benefit for the Pema Chödrön Foundation and Tools for Peace.

Tami Simon: Pema, you’re turning seventy-nine in July. I’d love to hear about the things you’ve learned that have made the most difference in your life.
Pema Chödrön: The first is compassion, by which I mean the empathetic ability to stand in someone else’s shoes. One of the things about compassion is that the difficult things that happen in our own lives teach us the most about what other people go through. So I value all the really lousy times in my life. It has been the lowest times in my life that have helped me the most to understand other people.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Why I Quit My Full-Time Job to Work at Trader Joe’s --by Katherine Baker

Originally Posted HERE

Have you ever felt like you’re failing at adulting? Scrolling through your feed, whimpering, convinced everyone you went to high school with is already married, lives in a cool city, has a real fancy job and owns adult things like vacuum cleaners and dishwashers? And you’re just sitting pantless in your bed, single as a dollar bill, struggling to afford your take-out habit and Netflix membership, convinced you’re destined to be a failure who becomes a crazy pet-person? Well let me say this: I feel you. I have felt you hard. But let’s back up a minute, and get through this together.