Mind: Explore Spiritual Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness
Quiet and Introspection Time
How—Cleanse and Train The Mind
One of the wonderful things
I discovered in 12-Step programs was the practice of daily spiritual quiet time
and reflection. The programs provide suggestions for achieving a deep
personal and spiritual transformation. So, no matter what condition my
condition was in, I took time for daily prayer and meditation, a practice
that I still maintain: I spend from 20 minutes to 1.5 hours each day.
I pray for
others and myself, read inspirational materials, and take time to be quiet—to
meditate—to be open to the still, small voice within myself. I developed
this daily pattern so that—always, first thing each day—no matter what, I spend
the time. I have done this for over 40 years. This one choice, to cultivate my
spiritual dimension, has been the most valuable choice I have ever made.
KEY to my ongoing well-being is my daily spiritual practice, going to my
spiritual center regularly for classes, and my commitment to quarterly spiritual
retreats. I found that I “deplete my sanity reserve bank account” if I go too
long without a 3 – 10-day retreat and other PRECIOUS support. I find that, over
time, I become more reactive to the world around me, I begin to lose
perspective (of mindfulness, understanding, and remembering my motivation).
you find that you are chronically overwhelmed and over busy, perhaps visit
Help! I Need To Slow
Down! I'm Movin' Too
Fast! for ideas on achieving a better life
help me keep perspective about what my life is about, I remember that I really
own nothing. I am a steward of everything in my life. I am here on earth to be
of service to others. My deepest aspiration is that my life may benefit all
people and lead them to complete healing and well-being (I’m also included as
one of those beings). For me, spiritual study (meditation and prayer) has
been the precious key that has unlocked my inner prison of despair, self-hatred,
ignorance, and disturbing attitudes. It provided me a wonderful opportunity to
be of service to others. It has also helped me keep 250 pounds off of my body
for over 40 years and be drug and alcohol-free for over 25 years,
and be sane on most days! I AM PROFOUNDLY GRATEFUL!
have listed below meditations that I contemplate and a number of books that have
provided me amazing insights about our human journey. See
Bob's Story for a
description of my spiritual journey.
A day stitched in prayer rarely unravels.
From a magnet on a refrigerator
Telephone Meditation Group!
Consider comments and aspirations from the Dalai Lama: Click on thumbnail to
PRECIOUS HUMAN LIFE
"Every day, think as you
wake up: Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive. I have a precious
human life. I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to
develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for
the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others. I am
not going to get angry, or think badly about others. I am going to benefit
others as much as I can." H. H. The XIV Dalai Lama
Meditations and Resources
seems to be a great time to send healing energies out to the entire world. A
tool that I use is a GLOBE. As I hear about wars, disasters, fighting,
and suffering, I hold the globe in my arms like this picture:
all need LOVE? Equanimity is having love,
compassion, and caring for everyone—friends, enemies, and strangers. Send love
and healing to all the perpetrators and the victims, suicide bombers, those who
are blown up and injured, murderers and those who are murdered, rapists and
those who are raped—to everyone who is suffering.
I will also kiss the globe
over the various countries and also use my hand like reike to send healing
your unborn wholeness and trust it to emerge.
fundamental nature of my mind is pure.
Within me is an inexhaustible source of love, wisdom and power.
purpose of all spiritual practice is to uncover and make contact with this.
ignorance is removed unlimited wisdom, compassion and power arise.
the mind's conditioning that limits our understanding of who we are and what we
will cleanse my mind of faults and develop beneficial qualities. This removes
obstacles to my progress and creates beneficial conditions. Recognizing the
interconnectedness of all I will strive to be my best and to manifest my
potential. Ever dedicated, to benefiting all people.
will think, speak, and act as a loving being. By Lama Yeshe
all people be free from suffering and the choices that bring about suffering for
all people be happy and have the causes of happiness.
all people be free!
does my loving nature naturally express itself?
See myself—each day—with every
interaction, in every situation, exuding the following qualities:
envision those qualities and send them out first to myself,
and then to all
other beings on earth.
PDF printable version of the Globe Meditation
For a PDF version of
The Seven Principles of Buddhist Activism.pdf
Namasté means, "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells, I
honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace, when
you are in that place in you and I'm in that place in me, we are one."
Kiss the Earth
By Thich Nhat Hanh
touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Bring the Earth your love and happiness.
The Earth will be safe
when we feel safe in ourselves.
Adapted from Thich Nhat Hanh: Buddhism in Action, by Maura D. Shaw (Skylight
Paths, 2004). Shared by my friend Michelle.
Earth and Walk as You Touch Peace in Every Moment!
Books and Websites
(and audio teachings) on
Meditation & Mindfulness
Spiritual Cognitive Therapy and Buddhism
resources for Health & Healing:
Many excellent resources to
cultivate awareness of body, feelings, mind, and all experiences in life, By
George Draffan--see below:
thoughts that turn the mind:
A prayer to empty the six realms:
May I be of help to others:
Here are the Four Foundations of mindfulness:
The Four Immeasurables:
Five mindfulness trainings (precepts):
Four foundations of mindfulness:
Gil Fronsdal is the co-teacher at the
Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California and the
Insight Retreat Center in Santa Cruz, California. He has been
teaching since 1990. Gil has practiced Zen and Vipassana since
1975 and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He has
trained in both the Japanese Soto Zen tradition and the Insight
Meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia. Gil
was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part
of the Vipassana teachers' collective at Spirit Rock Meditation
Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San
Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 he received Dharma
Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen
Center. He has been the primary teacher for the Insight
Meditation Center in Redwood City, California since 1990. He is
a husband and father of two boys.
Mindfulness Resources by Donald Altman:
Beginner’s Guide To Insight Meditation,
by Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith, (2001),
Bell Tower, New York. Arinna's book is wonderful! Provides terrific wisdom and insight into our
sufferings, and shares the path to transform ineffective patterns into more
wholesome ones. I love Arinna's ability to nurture hope in us when at times
we might feel "hopeless."
Seeking The Heart
Of Wisdom, by Joseph Goldstein & Jack Kornfield, (1987), Shambhala Publishers
A classic! Shares deep insights about the difficulties
and hindrances of meditating and the transformative value of understanding
cause and effect. One unique and helpful section is how to integrate
practice into our daily lives and how to develop an integrated awareness of
all dimensions of our being, making our body, our actions, our feelings, our
relationships, our work, and our play, all part of our meditation.
The Buddhist Recovery Network
supports the use of Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices to help
people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors. Open to
people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths, the
organization promotes mindfulness and meditation, and is grounded in
Buddhist principles of non-harming, compassion and interdependence. It seeks
to serve an international audience through teaching, training, treatment,
research, publication, advocacy and community-building initiatives.
This website presents resources that can help
illuminate the Buddhist path to freedom from alcoholism and addiction.
- Kevin Griffin
is a Buddhist author, teacher, and innovator in the field of addiction
treatment. The insight and intimacy of his teaching have made him a leader
in the mindful recovery movement.
A Burning Desire
Dharma God & The Path of
- Natural Awareness:
Many excellent resources to cultivate awareness of body, feelings, mind,
and all experiences in life, By George Draffan
Practicing The Power of Now,
(1999), by Eckhart Tolle, New World Library Sounds True has audio and
videotapes of this book, and many other titles.
Provides suggestions and insights to experience the
joy of being, to enter the now, to accept whatever is happening (to see
impermanence and the cycles of life), and to transform the "pain body" in
- Stillness Speaks,
(2003), by Eckhart Tolle, Namaste Publishing and New World
Library. From the Introduction, "The only function of
a spiritual teacher is to help you remove that which separates you from the
truth of who you already are and what you already know in the depth of your
being." Enjoy discovering your inner being!
Publishing promotes Gary's books and other materials. Their mission is:
"To make available
publications that acknowledge, celebrate, and encourage others to express
their true essence and thereby come to remember Who They Really Are." Find
Namasté means, "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe
dwells, I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of
peace, when you are in that place in you and I'm in that place in me, we are
New River Zen Community:
http://www.newriverzen.org/home.html Discover excellent publications Healing
Zen ( Here is an elegant and practical
book on Zen and the art of caring for oneself and others)
and Waking Up Together (written
for those who want to journey to new depths of intimacy, both spiritually
and in their love relationship) by Ellen Birx, PhD, RN
Mapping the Dharma: A Concise Guide to the Middle Way of the
Buddha you have at your fingertips an easy to
read, easy to follow atlas of nearly one hundred key concepts of
Whether you are a
long-standing Buddhist practitioner or just curious about how
the Buddha's teachings can help you lead a more peaceful and
happy life, you will find this book a useful tool.
SIMS: Seattle Insight Meditation
Society (Rodney Smith):
Another excellent teacher is
Venerable Robina Courtin. Her teachings are humorous, insightful, and
transformative. She shared about
Addiction VS Freedom here and also speaks
Changing the Mind, Why Bad
Things Happen, Wheel of Life, Liberation from Suffering, and On Being Human.
They can be listened to in MP3 format. Explore:
Wake Up To Your
Life: Discovering The Buddhist Path of Attention, By Ken
McLeod, (2002), Harper Collins Publishers, Inc.
An excellent resource on dismantling our
automatic reactions and conditionings to life. Provides practical insights
about how to train our minds to experience greater peace and contentment.
Really GOOD! You can purchase the book at:
Explore Buddhism In A Nutshell
The Three Minute
by David Harp, (1996), New Harbinger Publications, Inc., Oakland,
California. Gives 30 simple ways to unwind your
mind while enhancing your emotional intelligence. Written by a musician.
- Buddhism Without Beliefs,
by Stephen Batchelor, (1997), Riverhead Books.
Amazing insights and wisdom written in common English
with no jargon or technical terms.
Peace Is Every Step
Miracle of Mindfulness, by Thich Nhat Hanh, (1976), Beacon Press, Boston
Thich Nhat Hanh's book Present Moment Wonderful Moment--Mindfulness Verses
for Daily Living*,
(1990). See also Parallax Press
Resources for Mindful Living:
the introduction: This book contains short verses to help us dwell in
mindfulness. We often become so busy that we forget what we are doing or
even who we are. We forget to look at the people we love and to appreciate
them...we don't know how to get in touch with what is going on inside and
outside of ourselves...To meditate is to be aware of what is going on in our
bodies, our feelings, our minds, and in the world. This is a delightful book
that promotes a feeling of joy and of the sacredness of life.
Also his Heart of the Buddhas
Teachings is great.
http://www.plumvillage.org/ and practices to embrace
- Present Moment
by Thich Nhat Hanh, (1990), Parallax Press
Guided Meditations on the Lamrim
(The Gradual Path from Confusion to Self-Awareness and Freedom),
by Thubten Chodron. 14 audio CD’s,
including an explanatory booklet. Order: from DFF Lamrim CD’s, P.O. Box
30011, Seattle, WA 98103, or Email:
Meditation section of this Web site for the adapted version
of these meditations. They helped me transform my distorted vision of the
world and bring to me peace and contentment.
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For MEDITATION :
Loving What Is
by Byron Katie, (2002), Harmony Books, order Excerpt from
Spiritual Cognitive Therapy
Heart, Clear Mind,
Taming The Mind
http://www.snowlionpub.com/ (Snow Lion Publishers)
Transforming the Heart: The Buddhist Way to Joy and Courage,
is Your Mind?
Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical
application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled
at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is
well-known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. Her books help us to
understand our life’s journey. I have found them incredibly helpful.
Venerable Chodron's books and
be purchased at Snow Lion Publishers:
Making a Change for Good: A Guide to Compassionate Self-Discipline
(Paperback) by Cheri Huber (Author)
This is a wonderful book.
Please visit Cheri's own website for access to her many other wonderful books:
Alchemy-How the Mind Can Heal The Heart,
by Tara Bennett-Goleman,
(2001), Harmony Books
Gives suggestions for transforming stuck habits
of mind, emotions and relationships that create suffering—which then can lead to
perceptual shifts and healing.
Loving-Kindness- The Revolutionary Art of Happiness,
by Sharon Salzberg, (1995), Shambhala Publishers, Boston & London
This book helps you "reteach yourself about your
loveliness" as you contemplate a nurturing embrace for yourself. It also
shares incredibly helpful perspectives about life's journey.
- Peace Is Every
Step- The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life,
(1991), Bantam Books, New York, The Heart of The Buddha’s
Teachings, by Thich Nhat Hanh, (1998), Broadway Books
All of his books touch the heart with insight, tenderness, kindness and
practical transformational ideas.
Of The Soul,
(1990), by Gary Zukav, Fireside Publishers
- When Things Fall
Apart, Wisdom Of No Escape, Start Where You Are,
By Pema Chodron, (1994), Shambhala, Publications
All of Pema’s books
provide earthy, honest advice—as if from your loving grandmother.
- A Passage from
Solitude (Snow Lion, 1992),
Buddhism with an
Attitude: The Tibetan Seven-Point Mind-Training (Snow Lion, 2001)--this
book focuses on "training the mind" to form new reactions to life,
Choosing Reality: A Buddhist View of Physics and the Mind
(Snow Lion, 1996), The Bridge of Quiescence: Experiencing
Buddhist Meditation (Open Court, 1998),
The Taboo of Subjectivity:
Toward a New Science of Consciousness (Oxford, 2000), and
Buddhism and Science: Breaking New Ground (Columbia University
Press 2003). All of these books are by Alan Wallace
Book on Healing
and Universal Spiritual Practice
Power: Ten Steps to Pain Management and Spiritual Evolution
by Philip Shapiro M. D.
We seek unlimited peace, love and joy in an uncertain world where suffering
is inevitable. Because we manage our pain poorly, we get into trouble. The
wisdom of the ages, taught by the world's diverse religious traditions, offers a
solution to this dilemma by pointing out the connection between pain management
and the cultivation of spiritual qualities. When we develop a spiritual
practice, we learn how to transform our suffering into spiritual power. Dr.
Shapiro describes a self-help method of ten steps that propel spiritual
evolution. The ten steps teach us how to expand our healing power, improve our
pain management skills, and cultivate spiritual qualities. The central premise
is that life, through a series of painful lessons, teaches us that the peace,
love, and joy we seek in the outer world can and must ultimately be found
within. Dr. Shapiro elaborates twelve spiritual methods derived from the world's
great religions. These methods help us unlock healing and spiritual powers
inherent in the body. Detailed instructions explain how these methods help us
cultivate peace, love, joy, strength, and courage in response to any pain of the
body, mind, or soul. These qualities are the jewels of this life. They are
healers. They help us eliminate or endure any painful condition of body, mind,
or soul. They are more powerful than any barrier or challenge we may face. We
encounter trouble no matter which route we take, but the way offered here is the
path of least resistance, the way through our pain to peace, power, and
strength. As we move forward through the steps, we find ourselves living the
richest possible life, a journey where our spirit is in charge and we are ready
Visit Dr. Shapiro at:
Dharma Web Sites and Retreat Centers:
Northwest Dharma Association Group
Many excellent resources to cultivate awareness of body, feelings, mind,
and all experiences in life
Peaceful Refuge Sangha: Offering
Mindfulness Meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Our Resident Teacher Barbara Casey.
Our Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most
beloved Buddhist teachers in the West. A poet, scholar, peace activist,
author of nearly 100 books, and teacher to thousands, Thich Nhat Hanh
travels worldwide, offering public lectures and retreats. You can find his
current schedule at
www.plumvillage.org. Information on
publications and an international sangha directory are found at
Zen Community of Oregon: Great Vow
and Heart of Wisdom Temple in Portland:
Cloud Mountain Retreat Center:
SIMS: Seattle Insight Meditation Society
Great Vow Zen Monastery
Retreats and trainings, near Portland, OR.
Heart of Wisdom temple in Portland:
New River Zen Community:
Books: Wake up Together, Healing Zen
Dharma Friendship Foundation
Lama Yeshe's Wisdom Archive teachings
Zopa Rinpoche's Advice Book: answers to
Unfettered Mind site by Ken McLeod
In Portland, Oregon, KCC
In Portland, Oregon, Portland Insight
Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center
Alan Wallace, you may view his personal website
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