Behind The Smoke Screen

INSIGHTFUL PERSPECTIVES TO QUIT SMOKING

by Derek O'Neill

Do you remember where you were when you had your first cigarette? Even if you can’t recall, think about that time in your life. What was going on? Chances are that when you began your habit, those cigarettes created a figurative smoke screen, hiding something you didn’t want to face. When smoking begins at a young age, it’s often a lack of confidence or need to connect your identity to your peer group. Though it may have been an unsurprising result of wanting to feel mature, the habit then took on more psychological and physical elements.

Over time, smoking becomes connected to relaxation, the irony being that nicotine is actually a stimulant. It’s the deep breath that you take when you smoke that confuses and solidifies the message your mind gives you. People continue to smoke because they become programmed that it is a relaxing thing to do! What other needs are seemingly being met by smoking? If you...

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Combat Stress With The Healing Power of Meditation

When Tensions Rise

by Derek O'Neill

When you’re in the thick of stressful emotions, it’s very difficult to make a clear decision. When you’re angry and anxious, that’s not the time to have an important conversation with somebody. That’s a battle, not a conversation!  The ability to step back and observe what is happening to you at any given moment is empowering. The next time you feel stressed, try stepping back. It will take practice, but in time the reflex of observation can become automatic.

Finding Your Way Back to Serenity

The reason why people routinely pray, meditate, or have a contemplative discipline is to learn a way to always find a calm space. When something triggers them and they need to know the way back to serenity, they can tap into it at any time. You have to train your mind and body to know when stress is becoming overwhelming.

Our attention needs direction and purpose. Left to its own devices it will stray from what we want it to...

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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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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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Forgiveness Is Often Misunderstood

 by Derek O'Neill

Feeling pain and hurt is the only way to truly see that you are the one that gives it size and shape in your life.

Forgiveness Is Freedom

Forgiveness is a powerful, often misunderstood, human experience. When we have been hurt or wronged by someone, one of the most natural reactions is to feel anger. If the anger persists, it can lead to deep resentments that may affect us for years. The idea of forgiving the offending party can seem impossible, unfair, and perhaps too difficult to even consider.

While forgiving others can begin with an understanding of what happened, and draw from a wide range of spiritual teachings about human nature, it is important to understand that forgiveness benefits you more than anyone else. We give a gift to ourselves when we forgive. No matter how serious the action that harmed us, working towards the goal of forgiveness will heal your heart and soul in a way that no person or event can ever take from you. Being a forgiving person...

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Vulnerability Is Your Strength

STEPPING BACK FROM STRESS

by Derek O'Neill

When you step back from your stress and the emotions that come with it, you are practicing positive detachment. If there are changes we can make, such as learning to say “no,” or not over-scheduling ourselves, or looking for help with a task that has us extended beyond our ability, we can lower our stress. Yet no matter how much or how little the shape of our external life can be rearranged, the internal shift is the most important. The same events and situations that cause you stress can be emotionally detached from in a healthy way. Detaching doesn’t mean you no longer care, or that you are just going through the motions. It means that you don’t allow the external world to trigger you. When stepping back from negative emotions becomes a new habit, you begin to clearly see that you have a choice in how stress affects you.

WAITING FOR HAPPINESS

We think that we have certain material things, or are in a perfect...

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