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ARE SMART PHONES MAKING FOOLS OF US ALL?

In HEALTH by Lyse Lauren2 Comments

Many people are not aware of the fact that they are almost constantly distracted. We tend to have an almost addictive need for some kind of emotional engagement and smartphones fill this need on a number of different levels, very effectively. In fact they have been designed with just this need in mind.

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THE CASE OF THE CURLEW

In ANIMALS by Lyse Lauren1 Comment

We almost never think to question our story or to investigate the nature and origins of our inmost sense of self. As a result, our attention remains locked onto the drama of our unfolding life and we remain none the wiser right up until the time it is about to end. Most of us are not even aware that we are fixating on a drama which is neither true nor real and we are accustomed to living almost all of our lives this way. For us, what is nearest and true, as our inmost nature, has become but a distant dream and what is dreamlike and passing is the obsessive focus of our day to day attention.

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REACHING OUT TO ANIMALS & ALL CONSCIOUS LIFE

In ANIMALS by Lyse LaurenLeave a Comment

Day after day we can witness around us acts of callousness and cruelty of which most people are not even aware, because they simply do not acknowledge that other life forms are sentient and therefore feel and respond to energy, moods and pain. This is an extremely crucial point to understand if we are ever to come into greater harmony with all other life forms with whom we share this world. 

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THE ULTIMATE PANACEA FOR CUTTING THROUGH OUR ADDICTIONS

In MINDFULNESS by Lyse LaurenLeave a Comment

We may not call them addictions or think of them in that light and yet habits, what ever they may be, have a hold upon us. Addictions imply that we are not free, that we are not unfettered. Whether we are addicted to TV, to being in love, to running in the park, to smoking, to our mobile phones, to music, to anything whatsoever. Yes, we can even be addicted to meditation.

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DIGITAL DILEMMAS, PART 5 – HOW WE ARE AFFECTED SPIRITUALLY

In LIFE by Lyse Lauren1 Comment

No matter how complex a situation may appear on the surface, when we break it down we find a series of simple guiding posts. In this regard we can speak of two sign posts; relative reality and absolute reality. From the latter perspective we must remain just as we are. That is, as we really are; the changeless, ever present self from which all of this display arises.

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DIGITAL DILEMMAS PART 3 – HOW WE ARE AFFECTED EMOTIONALLY

In LIFE by Lyse LaurenLeave a Comment

Cyber technologies and social media have enormous potential for reaching out in a way that previously was never possible, but there is also a shadow side. They give us a degree of on-line anonymity that makes it easy to enter into relationships in which our normal responses and responsibilities can be evaded. What might this mean to the younger generation who are being brought up within this kind of environment?

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DIGITAL DILEMMAS PART 2 – HOW WE ARE AFFECTED PHYSICALLY

In LIFE by Lyse LaurenLeave a Comment

While we appear to be more easily contactable more and more people are actually alone with their devices than not. Take the ever increasing instances of when family or friends are sitting together in a restaurant, or at home, ostensibly to share a meal together and yet all the while busily tapping out messages or fiddling with something on their smartphones and quite oblivious of one another.

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A LIFE WELL LIVED

In WISDOM TEACHERS by Lyse Lauren1 Comment

Chadral Rinpoche encouraged us to recognize our ‘true nature,’ because absolutely nothing else will be of any use to us in the long run. This and this alone is the chief and crucial point. In recognizing and practicing, one brings into balance all other factors in one’s life.

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DIGITAL DILEMMAS PART 1

In LIFE by Lyse Lauren1 Comment

There can be no doubt that our digital age has extraordinary and beneficial advantages but nothing in the material world comes to us without a price. What is the price of digital technology? Can we offset the dangers by being more aware or are we all inextricably caught up in this seemingly unstoppable electronic tide?

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WHEN THE LONE OWL CALLS

In LIFE by Lyse Lauren5 Comments

I lived less than a hundred meters away from an old village cremation ground and witnessed the unceasing flow of processions, sometimes weekly, sometimes monthly. The solemn groups of family, friends and community members who carried the deceased on their final journey to fires of dissolution all passed by my small abode.

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THE POWER OF SIMPLICITY

In LIFE by Lyse Lauren1 Comment

No one was more observant, aware and dynamically present than the Maharshi. He missed nothing. From the tremendous power of his inner stillness and outer simplicity, he was far more present and vitally alive than most could ever imagine.

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BLUE TO REMIND US

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Lyse LaurenLeave a Comment

In the midst of a happy life are we likely to stop and ask ourselves; what is this all about?’ But when sorrows blight our existence nothing is more natural than that we should step back and question our existence. We need not shun our mind or our emotions, because, in time, they can become our greatest motivators and our staunchest allies.

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AM I DREAMING YOU?

In LIFE by Lyse Lauren1 Comment

Life is indeed dreamlike. So dreamlike that we often cruise through our days barely aware of what is really going on. Then suddenly someone we knew, someone we loved or hated or acknowledged at least, as existing, even if only on the fringes of our world is gone. They are no more; phoof!

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A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

In LIFE by Lyse Lauren2 Comments

I had heard the day before that Tulku Urgyen, a great Dzogchen master, would be offering a special long life empowerment to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, a contemporary and also a great Dzogchen practitioner, who had not been well for some time.

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SOONER OR LATER WE WILL FACE THE MYSTERY

In LIFE by Lyse Lauren3 Comments

Giving our attention to this huge unknown, which we call death can help us to open another door into the even greater mysterious cavern of, what we call, our life. Which in turn, can point us at last, towards the greatest of all mysteries; that of our awareness.

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A DISCONNECTED LIFE

In INSIGHTS by Lyse Lauren3 Comments

We are not only fed a multitude of reasons as to why we need to be fearful but because we believe that what we think we know and what we perceive with our senses is true and real we become entangled. The whole spiral of delusory perceptions spins around relentlessly due to the momentum of these inherently faulty beliefs.

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PAUSE, BREATHE AND OPEN YOUR HEART

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Lyse Lauren2 Comments

We get so caught up in the little dramas going on in our lives and in our minds; that we take them to be true and real. But if we stop for a moment and look up into the sky, be it day or night and let that vision touch us in that secret, silent place beyond thoughts and words, something can happen.

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FEAR

In INSIGHTS by Lyse Lauren2 Comments

We have the power to turn our mind to whatever we choose, whenever we choose. This kind of freedom is something that we normally take completely for granted and yet so very much depends upon it and upon the knowing of it.

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THE WIND IN YOUR HAIR

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Lyse LaurenLeave a Comment

When I was growing up in New Zealand there was a motorcycle advertisement that used to be played a lot on the radio. It was before the days of compulsory helmets for motorbikes and bicycles. I can still remember the tune so clearly and the feeling which it used to evoke.