Quotes from Trump and the Dalai Lama

Just days after two domestic terror attacks, here are two quotes I saw today:

Donald Trump: “There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame...”

Dalai Lama: “Violence derives from anger and anger clouds our ability to think straight and properly assess what is happening. Anger in turn is related to fear and anxiety. What we need to learn is how to cultivate the positive emotions that counter destructive emotions like anger and fear. Compassion, for example, brings self-confidence and the ability to act transparently. It strengthens trust which is the ground for friendship.”

17 ways to use meditation for anxiety relief right now alvin June 9, 2018 - 11:27am has an article titled, 17 ways to use meditation for anxiety relief right now.

Mast cell disease, histamine, and how stress turns into sickness alvin June 2, 2018 - 6:09pm

The quote shown comes from an article titled, How your stress turns into sickness. Personally, with the mast cell activation disease I go right to syncope (passing out, unconsciousness), but to each their own.

Ram Dass on being a parent, and a soul alvin May 16, 2018 - 8:47am

Ram Dass on being a parent, and a soul (and attachment).

“Help, I’m stressed” alvin January 22, 2018 - 2:52pm

It’s almost comical how many people tell me they feel stressed, but they won’t even try yoga or meditation.

(They tell me they’re stressed/anxious/worry-a-lot, I seem relaxed, and ask how I do it. I tell them “yoga and meditation,” but apparently they don’t like that answer.)

Another mindfulness meditation health analysis alvin January 7, 2018 - 6:30pm offers a take on whether mindfulness meditation is helpful. The image shown comes from a journal named JAMA Internal Medicine.

Can mindfulness meditation make you more creative? alvin January 5, 2018 - 4:33pm

Can ten minutes of mindfulness meditation make you more creative and feel less negative, restless, nervous, and irritated? The Harvard Business Review says yes it can.

Today I escaped anxiety alvin December 14, 2017 - 9:45am

“Today I escaped anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions — not outside.”

~ Marcus Aurelius

Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?” alvin June 14, 2017 - 5:27pm

Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?”

He replied, “Nothing!” Then he continued, “However, let me tell you what I have lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, and fear of old age an death.”

Practicing mindfulness meditation and yoga to calm the mind alvin June 4, 2017 - 1:06pm

When I meet people who seem stressed out (stress/anxiety/worrying), I try to encourage them to practice mindfulness meditation or yoga. I find both of those practices to be a wonderful way to quiet the thoughts in the mind. It may help to know that the basic practices are 100% non-religious, and both help to teach you how to breathe properly. (I recently learned that people who are anxious typically breathe in their chest, which is the wrong way to breathe. You want to learn to breathe in your lower abdomen.)

Personally, I enjoy living in the present moment, without thoughts about the past or future. I used to be an angry young man, and using these practices to calm my mind has made my life happier and more productive. A couple of times a year I still lose it, but these practices always help to re-quiet my mind.

(I think the image shown was created by Gemma Correll.)