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Tashi Nyima

May 21, 2017

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Pleasure is insubstantial.

The cessation of pleasure is pain.

Pain is insubstantial.

The cessation of pain is pleasure.

—Ippen Shonin

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Mindfulness – The Chinese character 念 is composed of two parts, the top 今 meaning “now; this” and bottom 心 signifying “heart; mind.”

“Mindfulness is the quality and power of mind that is aware of what’s happening — without judgment and without interference. It is like a mirror that simply reflects whatever comes before it.

It serves us in the humblest ways, keeping us connected to brushing our teeth or having a cup of tea. It keeps us connected to the people around us, so that we’re not simply rushing by them in the busyness of our lives.

We can start the practice of mindfulness meditation with the simple observation and feeling of each breath. Breathing in, we know we’re breathing in; breathing out, we know we’re breathing out.

It’s very simple, although not easy. After just a few breaths, we hop on trains of association, getting lost in plans…

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Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean

Walter Russell posited that the universe was founded on a unifying principle of rhythmic balanced interchange. This physical theory was laid out primarily in his books The Secret of Light (1947) and The Message of the Divine Iliad.

Russell asserted that this was mainly due to a difference in the assumptions made about the existence of mind and matter; Russell assumes the existence of mind as cause while he believes that scientists in general assume the existence of mind as effect.

Russell asserted that neither light nor heat flows from one point of space to another. He stated the same of electricity and magnetism; that neither is a flow varying as the inverse of the square of the distance according to Coulomb’s Law, but a reproduction as the inverse of the cube of space. “Light does not travel. The light and heat which appear to come from the star or…

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Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean

Walter Russell posited that the universe was founded on a unifying principle of rhythmic balanced interchange. This physical theory was laid out primarily in his books The Secret of Light (1947) and The Message of the Divine Iliad.

Russell asserted that this was mainly due to a difference in the assumptions made about the existence of mind and matter; Russell assumes the existence of mind as cause while he believes that scientists in general assume the existence of mind as effect.

Russell asserted that neither light nor heat flows from one point of space to another. He stated the same of electricity and magnetism; that neither is a flow varying as the inverse of the square of the distance according to Coulomb’s Law, but a reproduction as the inverse of the cube of space. “Light does not travel. The light and heat which appear to come from the star or…

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Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean

I have come to drag you out of yourself and take you in my heart. I have come to bring out the beauty you never knew you had and lift you like a prayer to the sky…

~ Rumi

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The life that we have in our mind, the life that is a reflection of our planning, the life that has been constructed out of bits and pieces in our environment — external conditioning, things we have observed in other people, things that influential people have told us — is actually not who we are. Life emerges out of the silence of our inner being. 

Reginald Ray, Busyness is laziness

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Practical Practice Management

“The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.” ~Helmut Schmidt

I was talking with a small business owner recently about the continual need for change in your business. She asked me “What if your business is doing things that have been very successful with your products, and customers should you still look for ways to change?”

There is something to be said when you find what works and continue to duplicate it producing the same successful result, that you should not to mess with it. A good example of that would be customer service. If you have happy, satisfied customers you must be doing something right, understand what that is and continue it.

With that being said, it doesn’t mean that you cannot try to improve on what you are doing. A great way to do this is to ask your customers what they might like, since…

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