Applications, Ego, & Perspective

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APPLICATIONS OF MINDFULNESS
TIME Magazine’s Latest Issue Dives Into The Benefits Of Mindfulness
The Third Metric
The Huffington Post


With “The Mindful Revolution” splashed across the cover of TIME Magazine, spirituality continues to be brought to the forefront in mainstream media. Spiritual practices, such as mindfulness, are expanding beyond the church and yoga studio, and are being applied to everyday habits. In an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, TIME editor Radhika Jones shares, “’You can eat mindfully, you can exercise mindfully, you can apply these principles just of focusing your mind to everything you do.’” What are the ways in which you can engage with these spiritual practices in your social justice work? How might you practice them with a strong sense of compassion for humanity? 

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DEATH OF THE EGO
Why We Need to Die Now: The spirituality of “Die before you Die”, Braveheart, Garth Brooks, and Living Now according to Prophet Muhammad
by Omid Safi
Religion News Service


What would you do if you only had six months to live? How would that change if you only had six days? Or six hours? In posing these questions to his students over the years, Professor Safi has noted an enlightening trend: “If people knew they had a few hours to live, almost no one wanted to travel, or do anything. It was not a bucket list existence, but a living based on love and gratitude.” This article offers insights into this trend in the context of Muhammad’s teaching of “Die before you die.” How might the death of your ego change how you live your life?

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POWER OF PERSPECTIVE
The Joy of Simply Waking Up
by Anna Jorgensen
Elephant Journal 


In this personal reflection, Jorgensen contemplates the power of perspective in shaping joy and happiness. Citing an exchange with two homeless men, she shares the evolution of her orientation to work, home, change, time, and life. Through that process, she has observed that “Happiness is situation based: event + perspective = reaction; joy is internally based: perspective = perspective.” How might you invite more joy into your life by shifting your perspective?

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