Everyone can learn to be happier #happiness #buddhism

I am ready to move to the next level in learning to meditate and self discovery and I believe I can achieve this by learning more about Buddhism. I am not interested in theory per se, I am after practical knowledge that can help me be happier.

I’d love to do a silent 3 day retreat ideally or take a course on Dharma, but I do not have the money or the time to be honest. I can’t complain. This day and age as long as you have Internet connection, not having money is an excuse. And time can be found if one really wants to. Make time, as they say.

I looked online and found 2 interesting (and free) programmes on Coursera and edX respectively. Thought I’d share the links!

Buddhism and Modern Psychology from Princeton University on Coursera

Buddhism Through Its Scriptures from Harvard University on edX

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Proof of heaven: a neurosurgeon’s journey into the afterlife

I love a good popular medical book, especially if it’s about brain. Before I had a child, you could often find me sitting in the reading room of the Wellcome Collection in London reading new medical books they have lying about. Add my fascination with death, and I absolutely had to read Eben Alexander’s book about his near death experience.

Premise is simple – a neurosurgeon contracts very rare form of meningitis, goes into a 7 day coma, survives against all odds and lives to tell the story about what he has seen on the other side. The twist though is that previously medical professionals believed that near death visions were a product of our brains, specifically neocortex. A bit like showing us a movie before we check out. However Eben Alexander’s neocortex was not functioning and it was documented medically. No other medical theory can explain his experience.

Fascinating book overall. I want to leave you with 3 profound phrases that an angel left him with before he left afterlife. They are worth meditating on:

You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever.
You have nothing to fear.
There is nothing you can do wrong.

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Tony Robbins: I am not your guru #netflix

screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-07-43-15I was both amazed and sceptical when I noticed Netflix made this film. I had to watch it. When you are working on happiness and self development, Tony Robbins is unavoidable. He is the modern day self development preacher, messiah with a super star status who can charge thousands of dollars for his workshops and draw in crowds irrespective of the price tag. He seems down to earth, is clearly talented and he teaches in slogans: Victory is near. Progress equals happiness. Whatever your opinion of him, I really recommend watching this film and doing the unblocking technique in the last 12min of the film – it had profound effect on me and really helped me in my quest to overcome my fears. After you watch it, let me know in the comments what you think.

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That one thing you are not sure of doing – do it now #happiness

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Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it #fear #art #create #write

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Undoing is as important and difficult as doing #happiness

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Sometimes undoing is as important and difficult as doing and takes as much time. Sometimes people who seem to lead average lives are actually working to transform themselves from within. Sometimes learning what you are not is as important as learning what you are.

Self development may be subtle and within, like an underground current. Don’t give yourself hard time that your actions are not external, do not bear visible fruit. Do not think you should instead focus on something more ‘tangible’. You are doing important and difficult work and it will manifest itself one day, like water against rock. Keep going.

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If no one told you today… #happiness

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