Aug 29

101 Just Do It

Overcoming aversion, procrastination, and the feeling of being overwhelmed is the topic of this episode. Buddhism teaches that attachment and aversion are the cause of suffering. Many of us don’t like doing homework, chores, or even our jobs. These things have to be done, but our minds add suffering to the tasks before us. The more we think about what we have to do, the worse we feel about it. In the next few minutes I want to teach you a little slogan to help you do what needs to be done. That slogan is really simple, it is, “Just Do It.”

Outline:
Introduction
I. Learn to Overcome Aversion and Just Do It
II. Don’t Wait Till You are in the Mood, Just Do It
III. Feeling Overwhelmed, Pick a Task and Just Do It
Conclusion

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Aug 22

100 I Am Your Guru

Teachers and gurus is the topic of this episode. Welcome to episode 100. The 5 Minute Dharma launched on December 3, 2012 and has seen tremendous growth. 5 Minute Dharma is one of the fastest growing Buddhist podcasts. But I wouldn’t be here without you, you literally saved the podcast from ending. Thank you. Today I want to take a few minute to talk about teachers and gurus, beginning with myself.

Outline:
Introduction
I. A Koan I Came Up With
II. What to Look for in a Teacher
III. You are Responsible for Your Life
Conclusion

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Aug 15

099 Center and Anchor

Centering and anchoring is the topic of this episode. In the Dhammapada, verse 33, we read that, “The mind is wandering and unsteady, difficult to guard, hard to restrain.” I am sure you have experienced this yourself, if you have been meditating for any length of time. We get lost in the drama of daily life and easily become unmindful. It sometimes seems so difficult to stay calm and peaceful. In the next few minute I want to talk about a technique to help you center and anchor yourself in the present moment.

Outline:
Introduction
I. Center Yourself by Following Your Breath
II. Anchor Yourself by Feeling Tension in Your Body
III. Use Mental Noting to Help You Center and Anchor
Conclusion

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