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Karma Yoga: How to Live a Stress-Free Life

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Following on from my introductory Karma Yoga article

How can we ever possibly hope to be free in life when we have no control over the results of our actions and the knowledge that every gain will ultimately entail an inevitable loss?

A Means of Eradicating Stress and Worry

It’s quite a predicament. It seems only natural that we’re constantly stressed! Fortunately the solution was already…

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Karma Yoga, part 1: The Fundamental Human Desire - And The Fundamental Human Problem

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Stress is the great pandemic of modern life. The world is constantly throwing demands and challenges our way, and these are interwoven with our own assorted desires, fears, habits and conditioned responses. Every day consists of a seemingly never-ending array of karma; countless actions we must undertake from the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we nod off to sleep at night.

The…

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Tao Te Ching 49: Living in harmony with others

I received some requests to continue my Tao Te Ching series, so here goes :) I also intend to blog a little more often and get back into the swing of things now that work on my second novel is finally nearing completion!

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Living in harmony (image: Stockvault)

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The Sage has no fixed mind;

she understands the mind of the people.

She treats those who are good with goodness.

She also treats…

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Karma Demystified

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Life is nothing but the unending dance of karma. Karma is the engine that drives phenomenal existence; an unfathomably immense, interwoven chain of causes and effects that stretches all the way back to the origin of the universe.

Karma is an interesting topic, albeit one that’s frequently misinterpreted and misunderstood. Karma is a term that originates in the oldest of the ancient Indian Vedas,…

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Guest Post: Karma, East and West Perspectives

Guest Post: Karma, East and West Perspectives

I’m grateful to Janet Adams for contributing the following post on the topic of karma. I’ll be adding my own thoughts in my next post, in which I hope to demystify this familiar but widely misunderstood concept.

Karma is the chain of cause and effect (Image: Stockvault)

Karma is the chain of cause and effect (Image: Stockvault)

Karma: East and West Perspectives

by Janet Adams

Most people have some familiarity with the Vedic concept of karma. Many exotic…

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Making words happen

My puppy has decided he's a better writer than me.

My puppy has decided he’s a better writer than me.

It’s been a while. I’m sorry for such heinous blog neglect. Here’s a little update.

I’ve been working hard on my next novel, which is an extensive rewrite of a book I first drafted some years ago, called The Key of Alanar. I’ve already shared a little bit about this particular journey here. It’s a story that’s been with me since I was only…

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Why Life Isn’t the Problem (…we are!)

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We are the problem. We are the solution. (Image: Stockvault)

The problem really isn’t life. The problem is our attitude to life. Life is simply what it is and it does what it does. It’s value neutral; a machine that just churns out experiences and events based upon an unfathomably complex chain of cause and effect dating all the way back to the origins of the universe and space/time.

There’s…

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An Internal Civil War (advice for dealing with emotional stress)

Stop taking those thoughts and feelings so seriously... (Image: Stockvault)

Stop taking those thoughts and feelings so seriously… (Image: Stockvault)

One of the best bits of advice I was ever given was this:

When you’re feeling low emotionally, don’t take your thoughts too seriously.

When our state of consciousness has dipped, our thinking is not clear; it becomes cloudy and distorted. We then tend to see the world as an unequivocally terrible place and we focus on the…

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Rory’s Writing - Four Questions, Four Answers! - Blog Tour

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Howdy! First of all, I know things have become pretty quiet and sporadic on the blog front, for which I apologise. There are a number of reasons for this, but  I will try and contribute more often to the blog, even if it’s just in the form of ‘baby blog’ entries. I also intend to get caught up with everyone else’s blogs as soon as I can.

Without further ado — I’m very grateful to Rohan Healyfor…

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Tao Te Ching 48: Daily Diminishing

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One who seeks knowledge

learns something new each day.

One who seeks the Tao

unlearns something new each day.

The practice of the Tao consists of daily diminishing;

less and less do you need to force things,

until finally you arrive at non-action.

When nothing is done,

nothing is left undone.

~

True mastery is achieved

by letting things take their natural course.

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