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Morning Mindfulness - Two Positive Minutes to Start Your Day

This podcast is about mindfulness. No, no, no, not about just sitting and doing nothing and emptying your mind. That is not mindfulness, that would be mindlessness. But we are talking about mindfulness. It is about being in the moment. It is about paying attention. It is about nonjudgmental attitude. It is about awareness. It is about making wiser decisions.
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Now displaying: August, 2015
Aug 31, 2015

I am sure most of people, if not all, are familiar with Robin Hood story. I remember it since I was a kid. Fun story, many movies were made. But today I’d like to discuss what I call "Robin Hood Syndrome". 

Aug 28, 2015

Did you read your horoscope for today? I usually don’t. But let me read yours.

Aug 27, 2015
I see so many people constantly in a hurry. As a result they keep spinning the wheels, they get tired and frustrated, and often they don’t even accomplish much.
After three decades in martial arts, there are several principles I'd love to point out today. I think they are very important both for martial arts and for every day life.
Aug 26, 2015

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” What a powerful quote!

Aug 25, 2015

My friends, how often we create an image of perfection in our mind, and we get so upset if how we look and what we do does not reflect our own imagination. However, our images are so limited. We don’t know the bigger picture.

Aug 24, 2015
I’ve seen fights initiated by this question. I’ve seen internet conversations literally exploding, overloaded by quite aggressive pleasantries. Perhaps every early Chinese martial art movie is based on a single statement: My Kung-Fu is better than your Kung-Fu. And the rest of the movie is just a long fight, which is so appealing to the macho spirit of masculine half of the society. That would be all right. I like watching those movies too, like a nice fairy tale. But they also create a serious question people have been asking me for years. Which martial art is the best for self defense? 
Aug 21, 2015

No matter where you are, there will be good and bad. All depends what are you looking for. We will find what we expect.

Aug 20, 2015

What World are we creating for ourselves and those around us? Can we see the best when odds are agains us? I know I’ve been guilty. How about you? 

Aug 19, 2015

We have the ability to program our brain. I am not aware of possibility to make structural changes, like to grow back an amputated arm or leg. But I believe that any functional or reversible disorders are programmable, from feeling tired, scared, depresses, to eliminating many conditions, including early stages of cancer.

Aug 18, 2015

We have an amazing power, a key to happiness and suffering, even life and death. We can talk ourselves into or out of practically any disease. Good news - it is totally up to us. Bad news - it is totally up to us.

Aug 17, 2015
So, is Qigong real? Or is it just a form of a self hypnosis? I can easily feel my hands getting warm and heavy, you cannot argue with that. But is it real?

 

I get this question from people periodically.
Aug 14, 2015

When I have to look at causality in my life, I am trying to dig to the deepest link I can identify and control. I cannot control much the time needed to get from point A to B, but in most of cases I can control at what time I leave point A. And if I can’t, then what’s the next link in the chain I can adjust?..

Aug 13, 2015

...I began practicing meditation in 1982. My perception at that time was that meditator has to stay cool all the time, like un-emotional or un-disturbable, so to speak. And if I couldn’t keep my mind still, I was taking a guilt trip. In my mind, all my meditation training was useless. This would actually pull me down emotionally. A little bit, but still every time it happened it was affirming my own faults...

Aug 12, 2015
People often sit and wait for the good wind that helps them to get from point A to point B in life.
"Oh, if I only had this or if I only had that.”

 

I’ve done this myself more times than I like to admit. But the truth of the matter is that it's irrelevant if circumstances are against us. It is not even that important if we are going through the storm. As long as you know how to sail you can use any wind to your advantage. 
Aug 11, 2015
There one weak link we may easy overlook. That is our friends. Especially childhood friends. Or even relatives. We know them, we trust them. We are so used to socializing with them, and we may not even realize that they can be the biggest source of harmful emotions. And since we trust them, we don’t set any guard to protect ourselves.
 

 

That’s right, my friend. If you step on the Path of Mindfulness, if you are trying to develop a positive mental attitude, if you set and try to pursue your goals, you may notice that your positive attitude is literally getting neutralized and overpowered by negative emotions from the people closest to you. 
Aug 10, 2015

I started practicing Hatha Yoga in 1983, and had been teaching since 1986 until about 2008. The number one reason I stopped was time limitation. In 1980s and early 90s I could practice one hour of Yoga and four hours of martial arts every day. But I don’t have this luxury at this time. Since the foundation of my practice has always been martial arts, I chose to take that Path.

Aug 7, 2015
We are so programmed by the society to say negative things that we don’t even think. And if we say them, then we program our brain to say and to hear that. As I said before, our brain does not care. If you say you are not doing good, guess what? You won’t. Brain will make you feel not so good even if you were doing great. Now you get a vicious circle.
The only way out is to start saying positive things even if it sounds weird first. 
Aug 6, 2015
Our brain does not have moral judgment. It simply believes what it hears long enough. There’s an old saying I heard as a kid: “Tell a man 100 times he is a pig, and he will oink.” 
So, what are we allowing to go into our ears? You might have heard the saying that our success is found right between our ears. And we are responsible for programming what is there. And if we don’t, then somebody else will do it for us. 
Aug 5, 2015
Our life is a sum total of what we put into our brain. There’s so much junk around us: internet, TV, news, you name it. There’s something constantly in front of our eyes. What is it? 

 

One of my coaches taught me to learn to control three gates to my life. Today we’ll talk about one of them: the eye gate.
Aug 4, 2015
Our mind has ability to draw our attention to whatever we are thinking about. Moreover, if we don’t possess what we’re thinking about constantly, our mind will find ways to get it. 
I think this phenomenon has been used in every religion and philosophy I am aware of. It is also used as the main mechanism for personal transformation and achieving goals. Any goals, basically.
Aug 3, 2015

My friends, there’s no such a thing as drifting without a goal. If I go for a stroll with no specific destination, then my goal is just to have a walk. If somebody is drifting in life, then it was their decision, conscious or unconscious. However, this can be changed practically at any time. This week I will talk about that. Until then, answer one questions for yourself: are you honestly in life where you want to be? Financially, Spiritually, Health-wise, etc.

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