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I AM is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?   The filmmaker behind the inquiry is Tom Shadyac, one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners and the creative force behind such blockbusters as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” “The Nutty Professor,” and “Bruce Almighty.”   However, in I AM, Shadyac steps in

A provocative social experiment-turned-documentary, KUMARE follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith.  Showing us that we are our own “Gurus”.

 

WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW?! is a new type of film. It is part documentary, part story, and part elaborate and inspiring visual effects and animations. The protagonist, Amanda, played by Marlee Matlin, finds herself in a fantastic Alice in Wonderland experience when her daily, uninspired life literally begins to unravel, revealing the uncertain world of the quantum field hidden behind what we consider to be our normal, waking reality.

 

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These are simply a few videos, however I suggest you look at many videos by these speakers if you wish to learn about practical spirituality.

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Mindfulness Tips

 

1. Practice mindfulness during routine activities. Try bringing awareness to the daily activities you usually do on autopilot, said Ed Halliwell, mindfulness teacher and co-author of the book The Mindful Manifesto.

For instance, pay more attention as you’re brushing your teeth, taking a shower, eating breakfast or walking to work, he said. Zero in on the sight, sound, smell, taste and feel of these activities. “You might find the routine activity is more interesting than you thought,” he said.

2. Practice right when you wake up. According to Lucas, “Mindfulness practice first thing in the morning helps set the ‘tone’ of your nervous system for the rest of the day, increasing the likelihood of other mindful moments.” If you find yourself dozing off, as Lucas does, just practice after having your coffee or tea. But “…don’t read the paper, turn on the TV, check your phone or email, etc. until after you’ve had your ‘sit,’” she said.

3. Let your mind wander. “Your mind and brain are natural wanderers – much like a crawling toddler or a puppy, Lucas said. And that’s a good thing. Having a “busy brain,” Lucas said, is actually an asset. “The beneficial brain changes seen in the neuroscience research on mindfulness are thought to be promoted in large part by the act of noticing that your mind has wandered, and then non-judgmentally – lovingly [and] gently— bringing it back,” she said.

4. Keep it short. Our brains respond better to bursts of mindfulness, Lucas said. So being mindful several times a day is more helpful than a lengthy session or even a weekend retreat. While 20 minutes seems to be the gold standard, starting at a few minutes a day is OK, too.

For instance, you can tune into your body, such as focusing “on how your shoes feel on your feet in that moment, or giving attention to how your jaw is doing [such as, is it] tight, loose or hanging open at the audacity of the person in front of you in the coffee line?” Lucas said.

5. Practice mindfulness while you wait. In our fast-paced lives, waiting is a big source of frustration – whether you’re waiting in line or stuck in traffic. But while it might seem like a nuisance, waiting is actually an opportunity for mindfulness, Halliwell said. When you’re waiting, he suggested bringing your attention to your breath. Focus on “the flow of the breath in and out of your body, from moment to moment and allow everything else to just be, even if what’s there is impatience or irritation.”

6. Pick a prompt to remind you to be mindful. Choose a cue that you encounter on a regular basis to shift your brain into mindful mode, Lucas said. For instance, you might pick a certain doorway or mirror or use drinking coffee or tea as a reminder, she said.

7. Learn to meditate. “The best way to cultivate mindfulness in everyday life is to formally train in meditation,” Halliwell said. He compared practicing mindfulness to learning a new language. “You can’t just decide to be fluent in Spanish – unless you already are – you have to learn the language first,” he said. “Practicing meditation is how to learn the language of mindfulness.” Meditation helps us tap into mindfulness with little effort, he said. He suggested finding a local teacher or trying out CDs.

Mindfulness isn’t a luxury, Lucas said, “it’s a practice that trains your brain to be more efficient and better integrated, with less distractibility and improved focus. It minimizes stress and even helps you become your best self.”

Lucas cited Richard Davidson’s research at the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin, which shows that all of us have an emotional “set point.” “Some of us have more of a tendency toward withdrawal, avoidance, negative thinking and other depressive symptoms, [whereas] others have a greater tendency toward positive moods [such as, being] curious, tending to approach new things and positive thinking,” she said. Davidson has found that through mindfulness, we may be able to train our brains and shift our set points.

“Mindfulness practice now has an abundance of neuroscience research to support that it helps our brains be more integrated, so your everyday activities, thoughts, attitudes [and] perceptions…are more balanced [or] well-rounded,” Lucas said.

111 of our Favorite Quotes to Apply to Life

 

The quotations that follow contain Wisdom and Truth that have been left to us as guides on our sacred path to Awakening and Ultimate Enlightenment.  These words of wisdom are potent and have the capacity to transform your life.  If you are ready for transformation and growth then you are prepared to make the best possible use of these divine words.  Just to read these quotes is not sufficient; you must contemplate, meditate on, and begin to digest what is being said.  You must allow their essence to marinate within your being and then begin to apply them to your daily life.  If you are ready, the words and the spirit of the teachers are here with you to embark on your Journey towards Enlightenment.  Finally, in the words of His Holiness The Dalai Lama,

 

“ We cannot just take a quotation at face value,

we have to study it and apply it to our own lives.”

 

Go forth study these words, internalize these expressions, and feel the Truth that they awaken within your Soul.  Most importantly, begin to live  with the vivacity and exhilaration that these words spark within you.  Let your intrinic fire burn with passion and intense determination.

 

“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.”  

— Chinese Proverb

 

“They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.” 

— Hindu Proverb     

 

“The best way to make life meaningful is to undertake the path of compassion.” 

— His Holiness The Dalai Lama    

 

“It is characteristic of the ego that it takes all that is unimportant as important and all that is important as unimportant.” 

— Meher Baba

 

“ If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.”  — Lyn Yutang

 

“In a gentle way you can shake the world.” 

— Gandhi

 

“All things at first appear difficult.” 

— Chinese Proverb

 

“Hatred corrodes the vessel in which it is stored.” 

— Chinese Proverb

 

“Do not want others to know what you have done. Better not have done it anyways.”  — Chinese Proverb

 

“Life is really simple but men [and women] insist on making it complicated.”

— Confucious

 

“There is always a piece of fortune within misfortune.”  — Japanese Proverb

 

“Seek health, the greatest blessing; follow virtue.  Listen to people, read good books, and learn.  Be truthful, break the chain of sad attachment.  These six paths lead to the greatest good.  – Buddha

 

“No wisdom like silence.”  — Chinese Proverb

 

“I have done my best.  That is about all the philosophy of living one needs.” 

— Lyn Yutang

 

“We must use all opportunities to practice the truth, to improve ourselves instead of waiting for a time we think we will be less busy.”

—  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

 

 

“We are all prisoners in our own mind.  This recognition is the first step on the Journey of Awakening.”  —  Ram Dass

 

“God is one, but his names are many.”  — Ramakrishna

 

“He does not live in vain; who employs his wealth  , his thoughts, and his speech to advance the good of others.”  — Hindu Proverb

 

“Who has no faults?  To err and yet be able to correct it is best of all.  – Yuan-Wu

 

“For others to approve me is easy; for me to approve myself is hard.”  — Yuan-Cheng

 

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”  — Buddha

 

“Heaven is a place with many doors and each may enter in his{her} on way.”

 — Hindu Saying

 

“To believe in something and not to live it is dishonest.”  — Gandhi

 

“When love reigns the impossible can be attained.”  — Indian Proverb

 

“Nothing is more seductive and at the same time more deceitful than wealth.  It is extremely troublesome to acquire, to keep, to spend, and to lose.”  –Hindu Proverb

 

“Never think there is anything impossible for the soul.”  — Swami Vivekananda

 

“Knowledge is hidden by selfish desire— hidden by this unquenchable fire for self satisfaction.”  — Bhagavad Gita

 

“Life is but a playground…”  — Swami Vivekananda

 

 

“Past and future veil God from our sight; burn up both of them with fire.”  — Rumi

 

“All things are already complete in oneself.”  — Lu Xiangshan

 

“The difference  between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the worlds problems.”  — Ghandi

 

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate thye mind on the present moment.”  — Buddha

 

“Suffering is resistance to what is.”  — Stephen Levine

 

“Each today well lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness, and each tomorrow a vision of hope.  Look, therefore to this one day, for it and it alone is life.”  — Sanskrit poem

 

“Man is made by his belief.  As he believes so he is.”  — Bhagavad Gita

 

“If we don’t change our direction we are likely to end up where were headed.”  — Chinese Proverb

 

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service to others.”  — Gandhi

 

“We are all affecting the world every moment, wheteher we mean to or not.  Our actions and states of mind matter, because we are so deeply connected with one another.”  — Ram Dass

 

“The disease of men is this:  thatb they neglect their own fields and go to weed the fields of others.”  — Confucius

 

“Don’t look for God in the sky, look within your own body.”

—  Bhagawan Shree Rajneesh

 

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck” — His Holiness the Dalai Lama

 

“The fabled musk dear searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself.”  — Ramakrishna

  

“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.”  — Gandhi

 

“ Rules for Living are 5:

Simplicity

Contentment

Purification

Refinement

Surrender 

— Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

 

“True Patience- A non-grasping openness to whatever comes next.”  — Stephen Levine

 

“ Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”  — Confucius

 

“It is better to live one day ethically and reflectively than to live a hundred years immoral and unrestrained.”  — Buddha

 

“There are two rules on the spiritual path: Begin and Continue.”  — Sufi Saying

 

“Wanting is seeking elsewhere.  Completeness is being right here.”  — Stephen Levine

 

“Beginning is easy, continuineg is hard.”  — Japanese Proverb

 

“You already have the precious mixture that will make you well.  Use it.”  — Rumi

 

“Silence allows one to experience the subtle prompting of their inner-self.” 

— Swami Ajaya PhD

 

“You have to believe in yourself.”  — Sun Tzuis

 

“Our modern society  is engaged in polishing and decorating the cage in which man is kept imprisoned.”  — Swami Nirmalananda

 

“You can explore the Universe looking for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and you nwill not find the person anyehere.”  — Buddhist Saying

 

“What we think we become.”  — Buddha

 

“Noones head aches when he is comforting another.”  — Indian Proverb

 

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of ones ignorance.”  — Confucius

 

“He who possess the source of enthusiasm will achieve great thins.  Doubt not.”  — I Ching

 

“Happiness is  afeeling of wholeness of unneediness.”  — Stephen Levine

 

“Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.”  — Confucius

 

“Wanting cannot be satisfied.  When finished with one desire then comes another.”  — Stephen Levine

 

“Be realistic:  Plan for a miracle.”    

 

Bhagawan Shree Rajneesh

 

“He who cannot dance puts the blame on the floor”  –Hindu Proverb

 

“Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.”  — Shunryu Suzuki

 

“ Compassion refers to the arising in the heart of the desire to reliev thye suffering of all beings.”  –Ram Dass

 

Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself.”  –Zen Proverb

 

“ The treasure I have found cannot be described in words, the mind cannot conceive of it.”  –Shankara

 

“  It is easy to shield our body against poisoned arrows from without, but difficult to shield our minds against poisoned darts from within.”  –Buddha

 

“We are born into the world of nature; our second birth is into the world of spirit.”  — Bhagavad Gita

 

“  Life is a series of natural and spontaneous chnegs.  Don’t resist them—that only creates sorrow.  Let reality be reality.  Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”  –Lao Tse

 

“By tranquility is meant oneness.”  Lankavatara Sutra

 

“ Those who seek the truth by means of intellect and learning and only get further and further away from it.”  — Huang-Po

 

“  In spite of your fear do what you have to do.”  — Chin-Ning Chu

 

“  Man is asleep in a nightmare of unfulfilled desires.”  –Sufi Saying

 

“  It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”  — Ram Dass

 

“ To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things.”  Dogen

 

“  All craving is due to a sense of insufficiency.”  Nisargadata Maharaj

 

“  In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside you.”  –Deepak Chopra

 

“ Spend some time alone everyday.”  — His Holiness the Dalai Lama

 

“ The most precious gifts we can give others is our presence.  When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”  — Thich Nhat Hahn

 

“Satisfaction lies oin the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.”  –Gandhi

 

“ In your daily activity vigorously carry out whatever is right and put a firm stop to whatever is wrong.”  — Zhen Jing

 

“He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.”  — Buddha

 

“ All the powers of the Universe are already ours.  It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.”  — Swami Vivekananda

 

 

“ The infinite library of the Universe is in your mind.”  — Swami Vivekananda

 

“ One step at a time is good walking.”  — Chinese Proverb

 

“ The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.”  — Rumi

 

“ Goodness speaks in a whisper, evil shouts.”  — Tibeatan Proverb

 

“ You already have the precious mixture that will make you well.  Use it.”  — Rumi

 

“ Money grows on the tree of persistence.”  — Japanese Proverb

 

“ To embrace all is to be selfless.”  — Lao Tzu

 

“ The narrow mind rejects, wisdom accepts.”  —  Lama Thublen Yesche

 

“  There is something good in all seeming failures.  You are not to see that now.  Time will reveal it.  Be patient.”  —  Swami Sivananda

 

“  There are three essentials to leadership:  humanity, clarity, and courage.”  — Master Fushan Yuan

 

“ They all attain perfection when they find joy in their work.”  —  Bhagavad Gita

 

“ Sincerity and Truth are the basis of every virtue.”  — Confucious

 

“ Arise, transcend thyself.”  — Sri Aurobindo

 

“Rael knowledge is to know the extent to ones ignorance.”  — Confucious

 

“People in the west are always getting reday to live.”  — Chinese Proverb

 

“He who smiles rather than rages is always stronger.”  — Japanese Proverb

 

“ We seldom hear the inner music, but we are all dancing to it nevertheless.”  — Rumi

 

“Call on God, but row away from the rocks.”  — Indian Perroverb

 

“A smile you send will always return.”  —  Indian Proverb

 

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”  — Gandhi

 

“It cannot be spoken of or spoken to; by no means may it be comprehended by the inteelct.”  — Jnaneshwar

 

“Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.”  — Japanese Proverb

 

“As consciousness, God pervades the entire Universe of the living and the non-living.”  — Ramakrishna

 

“ One should not engage in theological disputes;there is room for many viewpoints, and no single viewpoint in the final truth.”  — Bhakti Sutras

 

“Be free from vain hopes and selfish thoughts, asnd with inner peace fight your fight.”  — Bhagavad Gita

 

“We come out of love.  All of us are nothing but vibrations of love.  We are sustained by love and in the end we merge back into love…The world is nothing but a school of love…  –Muktananda

 

“Your work is to discover your purpose and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”  –Buddha

 

“There is nothing lost or wasted in this life.”  — Bhagavad Gita

 

“I am immersed in the one great bliss that transcends all pleasure and pain.”  — Kabir

 

“The forces which move the cosmos are no different from those which move the human soul.”  — Lama Govinda

 

“Our essential nature is usually overshadowed by the activity of the mind.”  — Yoga Sutra of Patanjali

 

“When there is no wind, row.”  — Chinese Proverb

 

“At some point your heart will tell itself what to do.”  — Achaan Chah

 

“One comes to be of just such stuff as that on which the mind is set.”  — Upanishads

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