The Secrets to Making Change Stick

 by Derek O'Neill

How can the ways in which we talk to ourselves affect change when it comes to breaking an addiction? The power of the voice you use to address your mind is an essential element to let go and see your life in a whole new light. While digging deeper into why you formed your addiction, and how the dynamics of the past manifest in a negative way, it’s so important that you practice and reinforce affirmative thinking and self-declarations of strength and courage. That is where willpower starts and grows.

Willpower is literally the willingness to detach from what we think makes us feel happy and safe, temporarily, and instead, find lasting contentment.

NEGATIVE THINKING

It’s easy to frame the things you say about yourself in the negative in relation to addiction. When we try to stop the behavior, proclaiming “I won’t smoke anymore,” or “I can’t have that chocolate bar,” or “I can’t fall off the wagon...

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Expanding Our Understanding Of Love

by Constance Kellough

Namaste Publishing Founder and Publisher of Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now.

There are many different meditation practices originating from various spiritual and secular traditions.  Most, however, stress the importance of quieting the compulsive thinking mind, which wanders on average 50 times in 5 minutes.  This on - going thinking -  often unsettling, non - productive and not related to what we are experiencing in the present moment - usually emanates from some level of egoic fear and pulls us into the past or the future.  

In order to feel the stillness which is always within us now but usually covered up by compulsive and mesmerizing self-talk, we endeavor to quiet the mind through various means.

Stillness rises on its own when there is no thought.  Eckhart Tolle has said, “Stillness is the language God speaks.”

We crave to experience blessed stillness.  Why?  Because stillness is our natural state;...

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Judgement vs Awareness: How to Tell the Difference

Everyone struggles between awareness and judgment. Awareness just is. Judgment is not. Awareness and judgment are a double-edged sword with an extraordinarily sharp blade. The way to know the difference between the two is to feel it in your body. The discernment of awareness has no fear. It just is.

The discernment of judgment cuts hard, and when you find out you judged wrong, it creates pain. If you want to know the difference between the two, it is a feeling. Awareness is sent down the tube of easy reality. Judgment is sent down the tube of your will. The most important awareness is to be aware that you are not aware of anything.

What is causing most of the pain is judgment. Judgment comes from information from others, gleaned from others in this lifetime and past. Judgment causes a lot of pain. Judgment comes from comparing yourself to others.

If we take the word judgment and transfer it to conditioning, well, then you know why you are here. You have come here to have your...

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Would You Date You?

by Derek O'Neill

When we open up the definition of the word ‘relationships’ to a wider and very important way of thinking, relationships with other people are just one piece of the puzzle. If we come to see that ALL of the relationships in our lives – to family, friends, your community, the world, your emotions, your belief systems, food, addictions, and even the family pet – are barometers of how we coexist in an intimate relationship we will expand our minds and have a better understanding of what connection means.

When you study and realize an approach to life that expands your consciousness and gives you a foundation, you are grounded within your own heart and soul. You have a lot to give someone else because you are fulfilled on your own. When you commit to really going deeper, into whatever belief system or mode you choose, you’re tapping into your abundant ability to love yourself, and others. If you never take the time to work at these things...

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Meditation Is The Way – The Way From Conflict To Peace

by Constance Kellough

Namaste Publishing Founder and Publisher of Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now. 

For many it has become evident that the only way the world will come together in harmony is through the world-wide practice of meditation.

Through meditation, people come to realize the animating life force within, Presence.  This Presence is not personal but universal to all sentient beings.  One cannot claim to own Presence.  One cannot say, “My” Presence and “Your” Presence.  There is just One Presence.  

So when a person comes to realize the Presence within them, they can sense that same Presence within everyone.  It is the single shared element of our humanity. It binds us and leads to harmonious, caring practices since through meditation one comes to the awareness of not only I am my brother’s keeper, but I am my brother.  In such a Oneness, there can be no conflict.

I call meditation the most sacred...

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Three Levels of Consciousness

WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS?

by Derek O'Neill

Consciousness is a huge topic, with as many interpretations of what it means. There’s the scientific view of consciousness which looks at details of the brain and its functions. Consciousness is also defined as our thinking, our perceptions, our system of beliefs and spirituality, and the entirety of our self-reflection. Though our reality seems dependent on what our external world looks like – where we live, our relationships, our economic situation, etc. – in truth, it’s our consciousness that creates our reality and determines what the external world is serving up at any given time.

Our consciousness that creates our reality and determines what the external world is serving up at any given time.

CREATING YOUR REALITY

The manifestation of your state of mind – your consciousness – influences your life in every conceivable way. Your consciousness will always be a stronger force than the external world around...

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How to Shift from Suffering to Joy!

by Brook Still

Have you ever wondered why an event that happens can seem to be so much easier or harder from one person to the next in the same circumstance? A great example is having a relationship end and for one person it seems to be excruciating and for the other they may be a little sad yet moving forward quickly. Why the varying degrees of suffering? Let’s look at suffering first and then we’ll breakdown the varying degrees.

Here is the basic principle behind suffering; everyone suffers and as much as we all would like to avoid it, suffering seems to be an inherent part of life itself. The Buddha himself stated, “All I teach is suffering and the end of suffering”. Even with a brilliant master and so many teachings we are still swimming in the scummy pond of suffering. So let’s break this down into something much simpler, let’s stop over thinking, wash off the scum, and go for a swim in the clean clear waters of the ocean of liberation. Now...

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A Meditation For Healing

EMOTIONAL PAIN

 by Derek O'Neill

Emotional pain serves as a message to stop, slow down, and look at the source of the hurt. Pain can obscure the reality that everything is changing all the time. Nothing is permanent. Though suffering will visit us time and again, knowing that the continuum of life is part of being alive reminds us that life is, indeed, worth living. When you clear the mind, you achieve a better sense of perspective about who you are, what you need, and how best to practice self-care. Self-care also means the ability to reach out to others for help if you need it.

Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed and make yourself as comfortable as possible. Take two or three deep breaths. As you exhale on the third breath, close your eyes, relax, and let go. Switch off the world for the next ten to fifteen minutes.


THE MEDITATION

Allow your mind to settle into a space of peace. Imagine that there is a gold orb of bright light – like a setting or...

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Is There A Difference Between Mindfulness & Meditation?

by Constance Kellough

Namaste Publishing Founder and Publisher of Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now.

More and more these days – and understandably so because of our fast-paced, unpredictable, and threatening times – we are hearing people talk of Mindfulness and Meditation. Sometimes they are used alone in a context and at other times synonymously.

The need for Mindfulness is a result of the compulsive thinking mind which, try as we may, is not easily tamed.  How often we wish we could control our thinking or just turn it off.  

Most of the time we are not in control of our mind.  It seems to have a life of its own, and when not focused on a specific task or event, creates thoughts, emotions, assumptions, judgments that arise seemingly unbidden and are often negative and therefore unwelcomed.

Our thoughts can torture us at times.  They create imagined fears, reminders of unfulfilled ambitions, evoke feelings of being less than or not good enough. ...

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What You Want Vs. What You Get

THE WAY YOUR MIND WORKS

by Derek O'Neill

Your mind listens to everything that you say. It will manifest whatever it is – good, bad or anything in-between – in vast amounts. In other words, if you have a mentality of abundance, you will have an abundance of it! The same is true for living in fear and a state of lack. That fear will feed on itself, as your mind is incredibly powerful. What you say to your mind, including positive affirmations, is important to shift your perspective away from a mentality of scarcity.

SAY IT OUT LOUD

Our lives are manifest by words, and the words in your mind are what your consciousness is powered by. Everything starts with a single thought. The sequence of those thoughts is what makes the difference on how you manifest what you want.

Here’s a technique to begin creating a connection between words and affecting change in your life: Start with a thought, and then speak it out loud. For example, “I would like to meet people who...

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