Documentaries on Everything

I don’t know if this is common knowledge, but I’m as psyched as if I’d struck gold….what I’ve found is a site with reams of documentaries on all kinds of topics. So, I’ll list a few that are relevant to this blog:

Religion and Spirituality

The History of Angels

The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life

Mysteries of the Bible

The Story of God

Psychology

Pleasure and Pain

Human Instinct

The Secret You – on human awareness

Brain Story

Somewhere in Between

Mystical Brain

Life After Life

Secrets of the Psychics

Mind you, (I just realized that) there are entire sections on Psychology, Philosophy, Religion, Science and Health on the site itself…so, enjoy…you know what I’ll be doing over the next while…:D

Thinking your way out of suffering…

Portland Mindfulness Therapy

Pain.

We don’t like it.  It’s unpleasant.  It disrupts our concentration.  It saps our energy.  It can, if we let it, make our lives unlivable.  And at the same time, we cannot avoid it, if we live long enough.

Pain may be the single most helpful asset to a mindfulness meditation practice.  Granted, that’s not much comfort if you’re in pain, especially if you don’t practice meditation.  Even if you do practice mindfulness, it can be very challenging to apply this practice to pain.  We tend to equate mindfulness practice with pleasant feelings, despite how wildly inaccurate that equation may be.  When we’re in pain, we simply don’t want to feel our feelings, because, well, they suck.

It is the fundamental suckiness of things that led Shakyamuni Buddha to his realization of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism.  Now, you don’t have to be a Buddhist to see some logic…

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Laugh your way to health…

Creating a Healthy Lifestyle

Children are great at spontaneous laughter, laughing hundreds of times a day, while the average adult laughs about 20 times a day.

Laughter is great for our well-being, it has been shown to reduce stress,strengthen our immune system and even relieve some physical pain. You may remember hearing about Norman Cousins, who developed a recovery program incorporating megadoses of Vitamin C, along with a positive attitude, love, faith, hope, and laughter induced by Marx Brothers films. “I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep,” he reported.

Here are some family friendly suggestions for adding more laughter:

1. Watch funny movies, television shows, or videos.  Find old comedies, sitcoms or cartoons that you grew up with. Some classics include, “I Love Lucy” and “The Carol Burnett Show.” There’s also, “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Search the web and…

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