Rank #1: Training the Mind
Ever want to focus on something but your mind keeps drifting away to whatever IT wants to think about, or really want to stop thinking about something but your mind "can't help it?" That's because you've never trained your mind to listen to you, and have allowed it to do whatever it wants. It's time to train it, slowly but surely...
May 27 2017
Rank #2: Self-worth
If we're dependent on outside validation for a sense of self-worth, then we run the risk of living our entire lives polishing an image that pleases others rather than having awareness of our inherent worth by simply living and working with integrity. We've been told a story of hierarchy and then urged to make it to the top so we can look down on others, but I don't think our value is a contest or a competition; we all serve a purpose. And if we can live in peace with ourselves and with others, then we are part of the solution by not being part of the pollution.
Sep 11 2018
Rank #3: Family
The important difference between Family and Relatives.
May 27 2017
Rank #4: The Meaning of Life
Can our life's purpose be to do things on purpose? Can something as ubiquitous as shopping be made altruistic if there's meaning behind each purchase? I mean, we can't all save the rainforest first hand, for example, but what if the clothes we buy support an organization that does? At the end of the day, it's not about what we get but what we give, so let's give life meaning. If you find value in these commercial-free podcast episodes, my online posts, monthly emails, and discussion circles, then head over to Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp to show your support with just $1/month to keep the conversation going. Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.
Nov 13 2019
Rank #5: Don't Play the Blame Game
If you respond to any situation in life by saying, “This shouldn’t be happening,” you will experience anger, anxiety, despair, and hopelessness, which are significantly worse than the situation itself. We have a choice: we can either resist change (which leads to a life-long struggle with everything and everyone around us), OR we can gently navigate through all the inevitable twists and turns.
May 31 2017
Rank #6: The Origin of Anger
Anger is a mask that covers hurt feelings or fear. If we learn to explain our anger instead of expressing it, we will immediately move away from hatred and rage, and gently open the door to solutions and understanding.
Jun 02 2017
Rank #7: True Nature
What is your true nature? Are you living in line with it or with habitual tendencies that take you away from your true nature? Do we all have the same true nature? Lots of food for thought...
Dec 13 2019
Rank #8: Setting Boundaries
If your image (how people perceive you) is more important to you than your own values, you'd allow people to cross some boundaries (or not even set them in the first place), all to protect your image. Your actions convey your priorities, so where does your image rank compared to your core values?
Feb 02 2019
Rank #9: It's All In My Head
Talking yourself off the ledge by knowing your way home. If you find value in these commercial-free podcast episodes, my online posts, monthly emails, and discussion circles, then head over to https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp to show your support with just $1/month to keep the conversation going. Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.
Nov 05 2019
Rank #10: Validation
I used to rely on validation from other people in order to have a sense of self-worth, but that essentially meant I was in a co-dependent relationship with the entire world (think about it). Now my sense of value is up to me living a congruent life, striving to make sure that what I think, say, and do, are all in alignment. Give yourself the gift of true happiness, which isn’t contingent on outside validation, but on the goodness within. Namaste.
Mar 22 2018
Rank #11: Forgiveness
Forgiveness is a gift that you give to yourself.
Jul 18 2017
Rank #12: Forgiveness and Apologizing
Not forgiving is a form of self-imprisonment. Liberate yourself by doing away with the existing apology-and-forgiveness model that is similar to loan transactions in which one person is indebted to another, and get unstuck by taking the lesson from every experience, throwing away any grudge or resentment, and moving forward.
Aug 06 2018
Rank #13: Focus
We can't see clearly because we often focus on how things used to be, how we want them to be, how we think they should be, anywhere other than focusing on how things actually are. It's 2020, where's your focus?
Jan 03 2020
Rank #14: Perspective, Progress, Purpose
We either enjoy the ebb and flow of the tide, or we try to fight the ocean. Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.
Dec 24 2017
Rank #15: Don't Worry Be Mindful
It's not about controlling your thoughts, it's about getting to a point where your thoughts don't control you.
Jan 09 2019
Rank #16: Be Like Water
Release your tight grip on things like identity wrapped in a job title or financial status, your car, home, or marital status. Keep stretching and expanding a flexible outlook as it ripples outward to encompass everything in the Universe. Turn to vapor, ice, liquid, and back again, without getting attached to any of it.
Mar 30 2019
Rank #17: Healthy Relationships
Growing away from possessiveness toward a collaboration and co-creation of transformative relationships.
Jun 16 2017
Rank #18: Never Broken
As Maya Angelou said, "I may be changed by what happens in my life, but I refuse to be reduced by it." We are never broken unless we believe we are. If you find value in this podcast and what to keep it commercial-free, it is available without ads thanks to listeners just like you who donate just $1/month through https://patreon.com/buddhistbootcamp. Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.
Dec 03 2019
Rank #19: Are you behind the wheel?
If life is a road trip in the car, who is driving and deciding which path to take? Are you behind the wheel, or did you get on a bus with millions of other people, all living the same life, heading in the same direction, just sitting there... sometimes until the very last stop? We can get off the bus and change direction at any point if we're not happy with where we are, so the first step is to ask ourselves: who's driving, and are we happy with where we're headed?
Feb 03 2018
Rank #20: Let Go Or Be Dragged
Is it the load that breaks our backs or the way we carry it?
Aug 21 2018