10 Wise Sayings From Buddha That Will Have A Profound Effect On Your Life

No one can deny that Buddha has some very wise advice to give.
His teachings are truly timeless…after all, they’re thousands of years old. So many people, despite very different cultures and upbringings, find his simple sayings have a profound effect on their lives.
These are just a few snippets of the wisdom he gave during his lifetime. See what they can offer you, and if you can incorporate them into your life. You’ll be shocked at how powerful they can be.

1) Share Your Happiness

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

2) Do Not Judge

“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”

3) Have No Fear

“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”

4) Let Go of Anger

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

5) Take Action

“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.”

6) Be Resilient

“Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.”

7) Look Within

“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts. But once mastered, no one can help you as much.”

8) Find Your Purpose

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

9) Be Compassionate

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”

10) Help Someone

“If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.”

source and courtesy: sivanaspirit.com

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Apply This simple 60 Second Life Hack To Your Everyday Life And See What Happens

As much as I try, I have a tendency of not being as productive as I could. I’m that guy that does nothing about a problem until I am forced to act. I either give the situation  110% or I simply do nothing. This  all or noting attitude isn’t the best way to live your life. I would work myself to death and then recover just enough to do it all over again. With no moderation or consistency, balanced living becomes an even more daunting goal.

To change the way you see goals and carry out their execution, is easier than you think. First, you’ll start by ‘tricking’your senses and perception of the task and resources. Take cleaning the kitchen for example. The dishes, stove top, counters, floors and cabinets are a few of the standard  surfaces that must be cleaned. This task seems huge in your head, it seems like you’ll be cleaning the kitchen until you die. Using Kaizen, this task takes on a new identity.
Kaizen is a Japanese principle of time management. It is common for people to view goals as needing huge immediate changes and long uninterrupted chunks of time. Kaizen is the idea that every task can be broken down into a series of small changes and a longer period of time.

Kaizen translates as ‘improvement’ or ‘continuous change for the better’. The idea is to eliminate overly hard periods of work, spreading the goals over a period of time and making the process of whatever the work is more efficient. It is a philosophy of work that makes Japan the manufacturing giant it is today and is used around the globe by many top competing companies.
So how do we apply this to the kitchen? Applying many efficient tiny goals to achieve the big objective in the most energy-efficient manner possible. Kaizen is all about moving forward in an interval that shows instant, tangible results as a form of motivation. Set a timer for one minute. You can work for a minute, no problem right? After you set to work and the timer goes off, look at what you’ve done in the minute. Could this have been done in a better manner? Is there something that takes precedent?
Take the time to ask yourself questions about what you are doing during your break. As you resume to work you can move the timer up to be a longer length of time.  After every interval, look at what you have accomplished. Its pretty impressive right? as the cycles shift forward, you’ll find yourself doing the tasks in a better and better manner. This incentive will keep you on track and motivate you to finish. It could even motivate you to continue working in other necessary practices.
source and courtesy: educateinspirechange.org

10 Things About The Dalai Lama You Didn’t Know

Dalai Lama

It seems that everyone in the world is smitten with this humble leader; after all, his image is used everywhere as a sign of hope.
But while we may know a great deal about him, there is still much to be learned, because religious figures are usually shrouded with mystery…whether it pertains to their origins, practices, or even death.
Here are 10 things you did not know about the Dalai Lama:

1

The current Dalai Lama is the 14th of his line and has a very long name: Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso.
This means Holy Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom.
But that is his religious name. His actual name is Lhamo Dondrub.

2

Each Dalai Lama (including this one) are said to be a manifestation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
These chosen ones are said to have postponed their ‘nirvana’ so as to be rebirthed with the purpose of serving humanity.
This Dalai Lama is the 74th incarnation of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva.

3

Considered to be important monks of the Gelug school, this reincarnation of the Dalai Lama has been the longest living incumbent and is 80 years old.
He was born in Taktser village in Amdo, Tibet.
In fact, his very birth was on the floor of a cowshed of his family’s farm and was one of the seven out of 16 children who survived infancy.

4

Gyatso was recognized to be the successor to the 13th Dalai Lama by a simple test.
At age two, he was asked to identify certain articles of clothing that belonged to the Dalai Lama before him.
One such article was the 13th Dalai Lama’s rosary.
Once he passed the tests, he assumed the throne at the age of four while becoming a monk at age six.
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From the age of five, he began his training at a monastery in Kumbum.
His favorite game was to play with two white mice who distracted him from his studies on a daily basis.

6

When asked what he would be if he wasn’t the Dalai Lama, he responded that engineering would be his passion.
In particular, he’s been fascinated with neuroplasticity – the study of how the brain rewires itself.

7

It should be surprising that his hobbies include gardening and meditation; but oddly enough, he enjoys collecting and repairing watches too.

8

The Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising and has been living there ever since as a refugee.
In fact, he has gone so far as to say that he is a ‘son of India’ which drew criticism from the Chinese.
But he was definitely within his rights to say so, since Buddhism began in Nalanda, a province of India.

9

The current Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for advocating the liberation of Tibet from China peacefully.
He shared the award with Mikhail Gorbachev.

10

So, what will happen when the Dalai Lama dies?
According to him, either the tradition will die or there will be a rival of Dalai Lamas selected by both the exiled Tibetan community and China.

In Closing

Given his current age, there’s no doubt that he will not live for very long.
Still, he has lived a long and interesting Life with a big following, both celebrities and lay people showing great affection.

HOW MUCH WATER DO WE NEED TO DRINK, ACCORDING TO OUR WEIGHT?

Water is found in abundance on mother Earth. Nearly 71% of Earth’s surface is constituted by water. The water is one of the most important elements that keep humans alive, due to its minerals that keep humans alive and kicking. Drinking water maintains a good metabolism in the body, helps one lose weight and keeps the skin acne free. Additionally, water aids in keeping good digestion and plays an important role in the excretion of unused substances. We have to drink plenty of water, because in this way we prevent the formation of kidney stone.
It is a fact that water possesses its own vitamins and minerals, and it should not be mixed with other food. According to some studies, water should be taken 15 minutes before having a meal and 20 minutes after finishing a meal. The amount of water intake should also be taken into consideration. Drinking just 2 cups of water, before meals will help you maintain your weight loss.
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Here are a few tips to be adhered to calculate how much water one needs to drink in order to stay healthy.
-The first step to knowing how much water to drink every day is to know your weight. With the weight one can decide how much water one needs to drink in a day.
-Next, you need to divide the weight by 2, in order to determine how much water to drink daily. The result of the weight divided by 2 will give a figure as to how much water in ounces does one need to drink in order to lose weight. For example, if you weighed 150 pounds, then the amount of water intake in a day for the concerned person is 75 ounces.
-Activity level is the last factor that decides the amount of water intake one needs to have. The person who sweats more adds more ounces of water to his daily intake, when compared to a person who sweats less. You should add 12 ounces of water to your daily intake.
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If you want to accomplish this task, in other words to drink more than 100 ounces of water a day, you need to:
  • Drink 2 cups of water (16 ounces) before every meal. This is 48 ounces a day.
  • Also, have one glass of water early in the morning and one before going to bed. That is an additional 32 ounces.

Drink 1 Cup of Turmeric Water in the Morning and These Things Will Happen to Your Body

Both turmeric and turmeric water have powerful anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties which can provide numerous health benefits, especially if you combine turmeric water with some lemon juice. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric is a potent antioxidant which has incredible health benefits. Here’s how to prepare the healthy turmeric water:

Ingredients
Half a lemon
Half a teaspoon of turmeric
Organic honey
Warm water

Preparation
Squeeze the lemon juice into a glass, then add some warm water and turmeric and mix everything well. Add some honey to taste, and stir again as the turmeric easily falls down to the bottom of the glass. Drink the mixture immediately.

Health benefits of the ingredients
Keeps diabetes in check
Turmeric reduces insulin resistance and prevents type 2 diabetes, but before using it consult with your doctor as it can interfere with some medications and result in low blood sugar levels or hypoglycemia.
Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
Chronic inflammation can destroy your tissues, but curcumin can prevent it thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Relieves arthritis
Due to its strong antioxidant properties, turmeric eliminates free radicals from the body, and regular drinking of turmeric juice can relieve joint pain and soothe joint inflammation.
Prevents heart disease
According to numerous studies, turmeric prevents plaque buildup in the arteries, effectively reducing the risk of several cardiovascular diseases. One study which included 121 patients who required coronary artery bypass, showed that taking 4 gr. of turmeric daily lowered the risk of heart attack by an incredible 65%!
Prevents cancer
Turmeric can prevent the proliferation of different types of tumor cells, and consuming it daily will considerably reduce the risk of cancer.

Falling In Love? Get The Truth!

You are crazy in love, but also aware that this feeling, the best of them all, is usually quite short. But, it’s possible to make it feel just like in the beginning.
Is there anything better that feeling in love? Unfortunately, everyone knows that it’s just a matter of time when we will get off of seven heaven. After the relationship lasts for several years, that feeling starts to go away somewhere between the job and housework and who knows where. That doesn’t mean that the madly in love couples don’t love each other anymore. The difference is that their heart is not pounding as fast as it used to when they see them. All of this seems as someone with an invisible hand lowered the temperature of the relationship. English researchers came to a conclusion that this kind of situation is not a sign that a love should be sought somewhere else, but instead, this is the perfect time for renovating the relationship. How do you do that?
Small gestures – big win
In the beginning no one should talk about what should we do. That’s when all possible love idea come to our mind. We are able to listen our loved one with hours. But still, time comes when the attention towards our loved one is slowly decreasing and it’s like a part of the relationship is lost. That’s when small gestures are taking it’s part.
What should we do? Think about what kind of small thing will make them surprised and happy. A cup of coffee in the morning, SMS saying: “I am thinking of you”… Don’t say that they should be the one doing this, just the fact that you did it, will make a positive effect to your relationship! Don’t quit too soon!

Time for talking
Everyday communication is coming down to: “How was your day?” “Okay.” “Mine too.” “Would you mind doing the dishes later?” “Do I have to?” – boring and not right.
Reserve time for talking. Make sure nothing distracts you, for example the TV. Listen to each other, be careful, look into each other, ask questions.
In this kind of conversation you can use two techniques. During the conversation, remember how it was at the very beginning, what you did, think about what they love the most.
Bring back the memory of that time, watch them for several days and see what they are interested in. Talk about that. The other technique is to let you partner choose the topic of the conversation, and then resume it in couple of sentences. That way you both will learn to hear each other, instead of giving answers in your mind.
A little bit of fighting is not bad
If you had already had a fight, than you know the best part is at the end. To the couples that miss the feeling of being in love, usually stay away from fighting, “for peace in the house”, “for the kids” etc. A lot of couples look for compromise, without previously open up their feelings. A consequence to this is the unhappiness of the anger kept inside. And the feelings kept inside are slowly suffocating us.
If a situation comes to let your feelings out, don’t stop. Let them out. Start yelling, and slam the door, because in that case it just doesn’t make sense to have a calm conversation. After this you will listen to each other, share arguments and find a solution.
Language of love
When was the last time he said that he loved you? It just doesn’t comes to mind. Is it because there is no more love? No, that is a classical example of bad communication. Love is present, but some things overshadowed it. Men, almost everytime say that there are different ways to express love, but women want to hear hear the magical three words, everyday if possible. Psychologist say there are five main expressions of love: spending time together, taking care of your partner, body contact full of love, soft words and little gifts. If you are freshly in love, language of love is not a problem, but later it’s like people lose their ideas. And what’s even more wrong, they say that the other person is feeling the same.
What to do? Fill your thoughts with the sentence “I feel in love when..” When you get to know the needs and desires of your partner, you will react easier to your own and your partners feelings. And then you will feel in love.
Different sex
At first sight, even though sex life is good, it could be better. Of course, not even close as it was at the beginning, when you couldn’t keep your hands off of each other. Sex became a routine that loses every creativity. Experts say that is not sex that’s missing, but intimacy. Closeness is missing, the games between the sheets that wake the sex desires. What is intimacy? Intimacy is to open up, to become vulnerable, to melt down and mix with the other, to feel the body closeness and out of the bedroom.
The routine can be avoided with trying new poses, new places to make love , to slow down or go faster..
Experts say to be close without worries, to spend more time laughing and making stupid things together, because things like this open up and make you free. Be gentle to each other, touch and kiss, not just before going to bed. Use the time when you are together in bed and talk about anything! That’s how you create intimacy. You will definitely feel the feeling that you felt at the beginning.
source and courtesy: luxurywayofliving.com

Study: Reminders Of Buddhism Reduce Prejudice — Even Among Christians

Researchers from Belgium and Taiwan have found that being exposed to Buddhist concepts can lead to increased prosocial behavioral intentions and undermine prejudice towards others.
Buddhism contains a variety of teachings and practices – such as meditation – intended to help individuals develop a more open-minded and compassionate personality. Unlike the three dominant monotheistic religions, it does not draw a sharp line between believers and unbelievers.
In three separate experiments of 355 individuals, the researchers found that being exposed to words related to Buddhism could “automatically activate prosociality and tolerance, in particular among people with socio-cognitive open-mindedness.”
The study adds to a growing body of research about priming, a phenomenon in which merely being exposed to certain words or concepts changes the way people think or behave. It was published in the April issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
When Westerners familiar with Buddhism read religious words like “Dharma” and “Nirvana” – which they were exposed to under the guise of completing a word puzzle – they reported lower negative attitudes toward out groups compared to participants exposed to positive non-religious words like “freedom.”
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Westerners with a Christian background also became more tolerant after being exposed to Buddhist concepts, though only among those with a predisposition for valuing the welfare of all people and an aversion towards authoritarianism. Implicit association tests showed that these participants were less prejudiced against African people and Muslims than participants exposed to Christian concepts or neutral concepts.
Westerners with a Christian background also scored higher on measures of prosociality after being exposed to Buddhist concepts. Surprisingly, participants did not score higher on measures of prosociality after being exposed to Christian concepts.
The effect of being exposed to Buddhist concepts was not restricted to cultures in which the religion was seen as particularly exotic, the researchers said. Being exposed to Buddhist concepts also fostered increased tolerance and prosociality, compared with neutral and Christian concepts, among participants living in Taiwan.
“To conclude, we think that this work provides, for the first time, experimental evidence in favor of the idea that in both the East and the West, across people from both Christian and Eastern Asian religious traditions, Buddhist concepts automatically activate positive social behavioral outcomes, that is, prosociality and low prejudice, in particular among people with personal dispositions of socio-cognitive openness,” the researchers wrote.
“Unlike Christian and other monotheistic religious systems that paradoxically seem to encourage not only prosociality but also prejudice, Buddhist ideas favor both prosociality and outgroup tolerance, and these ideals seem particularly efficient (in leading to action) for people with relevant personality dispositions.”
“Emotional (compassion) and cognitive (tolerance of contradictions) mechanisms explain, to some extent, how Buddhist concepts, across cultural and religious contexts, enhance prosocial and tolerant attitudes and behavioral tendencies. Religious and cultural characteristics ‘travel’ and influence people’s attitudes and behavior in a globalized world even at the implicit level of consciousness,” the researchers concluded.

Only 2% Of The Human Population Can Hear This Mysterious Sound And Nobody Knows Why

All over the world for decades now, people have reported a very strange “humming” noise that doesn’t seem to have an identifiable origin.


To some, it’s a nuisance. To many others, it’s unnerving and maddening. Even more interesting: most people can’t hear this mysterious sound.
The humming appears all over the world. Most notably, Bristol in southern England and Toas, New Mexico play host to the strange humming sound. And strangely enough, only about 2% of the human population is able to hear it.
The town of Taos, in north-central New Mexico, has been home to many famous residents including Julia Roberts, Dennis Hopper, D.H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley and Donald Rumsfeld. It’s a small, laid-back artsy community that is also home to an unusual mystery: a resident hum of unknown origin, the so-called “Taos Hum.”
A variety of theories have been offered as an explanation, ranging from the mundane to the fantastic, the psychological to the paranormal. Stoned hippies, secret government mind control experiments, underground UFO bases and everything in between have been blamed.
The hum seems to have first been reported in the early 1990s. Joe Mullins, a professor emeritus of engineering at the University of New Mexico, conducted research into the Taos Hum. Based on a survey of residents, about 2 percent of the general population was believed to be “hearers,” those who claimed to detect the hum. Sensitive equipment was set up in the homes of several of the “hearers,” measuring sounds and vibrations but after extensive testing nothing unusual was detected.

Many researchers suggest that the answer to the Taos Hum mystery may be found in the inner world of personal experience instead of the outer world of factories and heavy equipment. What does your tongue taste like? What does your nose smell like? What does your ear sound like? These are not silly, simple questions but instead may hold part of the answer.

Even though we don’t notice it, our ears sometimes create their own noises. And because the sounds are subtle (and because most people are constantly surrounded by sound, whether it’s music, television, video games, or just a typical noisy city life) we don’t hear them until it’s very quiet or we are listening carefully. This phenomenon, called spontaneous otoacoustic emissions, is different than auditory disorders such as tinnitus, which causes a ringing in the ears. It might explain some of the “hearers” reports.
The fact that only a tiny percentage of people claimed to hear the mysterious sound – Taos Hum was also puzzling; it’s not that the other 98 percent of the Taos population had poor hearing, but instead perhaps that those who heard the hum were “super hearers” with unusually keen hearing. Or, it is also possible that, given such a weak effect in such a few number of people (and whose descriptions of the hum do not always match up) that the hum is merely an auditory hallucination.
Such hallucinations do not necessarily indicate any sort of mental illness or disturbance, but may simply be the result of common (and harmless) psychological and physiological processes. Neurologist Oliver Sacks, for example, has written extensively on both visual and auditory hallucinations in his books “Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain” (2007) and “Hallucinations” (2012). Some of the Taos Hum hearers have even reported hearing it after they have moved out of the area.
As always in science, “unexplained” does not mean “unexplainable.” Countless things about the world around us were initially mysterious and unexplained (from the causes of germ-borne disease to the nature of lightning), but were eventually explained through research and science. It’s possible that the Taos Hum is real, and its true origins remain unknown, and it’s also possible that the hum only exists in the minds and ears of those who report it.

What Do You Think The Mysterious Sound Is?

Can you hear the mysterious sound “Taos Hum”?
source and courtesy: inspireactachieve.com

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