Five tools for living mindfully

“Our habitual patterns are, of course, well established, seductive, and comforting. Just wishing for them to be ventilated isn’t enough. Mindfulness and awareness are key. Do we see the stories that we’re telling ourselves and question…

You are what you do

“You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.” - Carl Jung Our quote today invites us to investigate a bit more deeply our perception of ourselves. Often, if we're asked to describe ourselves, we will share qualities of ourselves…
,

Transform your thoughts, transform your life

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Findlay Courier, Posted On Wed. Nov 16th, 2016 Doing what you feel good about may be more difficult than just doing what makes you feel good, but it’s the former that is more likely to create genuine happiness.John…

Recognizing the challenges and possibilities

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” -…

Just be one

“Don't go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one.” Marcus Aurelius Often, we find it much easier to talk about what a good person should be as well as point out those who don’t measure up, rather than focus on ourselves…

An open mind is a happy mind

"For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them." Thich Nhat Hanh One of the biggest obstacles to learning is the presumption of knowledge. It is very difficult to be open to learning when we believe…

Everyone has struggles we are unaware of

"Every single person has at least one secret that would break your heart. If we could just remember this, I think there would be a lot more compassion and tolerance in the world." Frank Warren When I was a schoolteacher, I found that there…

Mindfulness and Recovery Podcast

Interview on Mental Health News Radio live from from the National Conference on Addiction Disorders From addict, homelessness, and estrangement from family to teacher, Buddhist monk, author, and speaker. John Bruna was the one interview done…

Video of the book launch in Carbondale!

It was a precious gift to be able to launch my book, The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life: The Essence of Mindfulness, in my hometown of Carbondale and be introduced by my wonderful wife Laura Bartels. Here is a video of the talk. John Bruna…

Enjoying life and suffering less

"Overcoming attachment does not mean becoming cold and indifferent. On the contrary, it means learning to have relaxed control over our mind through understanding the real causes of happiness and fulfillment, and this enables us to enjoy life…