Are your beliefs killing you?

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. Buddha c. 563 BCE – c. 480 BCE We all know the impact stress has on our health–that it’s the underlying cause of so many of our health related issues today. But we also know that not all commonly held beliefs are true. So what about this one? It turns out that stress is a little more complicated than we thought. Researchers conducted an eight year study involving thirty thousand U.S. adults. At the beginning of the study, participants were asked …
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Oxygen masks

The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness. Arthur Schopenhauer 1788 – 1860 I’m sure most of us have been on a plane and heard the pre-flight warning about oxygen masks–you know, the one where they tell you to put your own mask on before assisting others. And we all understand the reasoning behind the instruction. You need to ensure your own health and safety first, because if you pass out from lack of oxygen, you won’t be in any condition to help others; your own life will be at risk. And depending on the …
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Are you bowling alone?

Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering. Dalai Lama 1935 – In 1995, Robert Putnam, a Harvard Professor of Public Policy, wrote an article that he later expanded into the book Bowling Alone. One of the more interesting observations he made was that there was an increase in bowling as a recreational activity but a decrease in bowling leagues: so people were bowling more, just not in leagues. Despite the book’s title, people weren’t actually bowling alone, but they were limiting themselves by selecting teammates and …
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