084 The Art of Listening

The art of listening is the topic of this episode. Listening is loving. Listening demonstrates love and is, in fact, love in action. When a person invests the time and energy in truly listening to us, we know that they truly care for us. And if they truly care for us, we feel free to open our hearts and share ourselves at a deep level. In the next few minutes I want to give you three steps in the art of listening.

Outline:
Introduction
I. A Desire to Listen
II. Be Fully Present
III. Be Compassionately Receptive
Conclusion

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083 Liberation Not Happiness

Seeking liberation and not happiness is the topic of this episode. In the last episode I talked about how to be happy. By happiness I meant a stable sense of serenity and contentment. But there are several mistakes that we can easily make. The biggest mistake is pursuing happiness instead of liberation. I want to spend a few minutes helping you avoid these pitfalls.

Outline:
Introduction
I. Pursuing Happiness Instead of Liberation
II. Thinking the Buddha Taught People to Be Happy.
III. Not Making Effort to Be Liberated.
Conclusion

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082 How to Be Happy

How to be happy is the topic of this episode. Happiness is one of those words that means many things to many people. To some people happiness is a pleasant or enjoyable feeling. That kind of happiness is impermanent and not worth pursuing. No, the happiness I will be talking about is a state of mind, it is a stable sense of serenity and contentment. I want to teach you four ways to help you find this stable sense of serenity and contentment.

Outline:
Introduction
I. Let Go of Our Need to Control
II. Realize All Things are Impermanent
III. Be Compassionate and Less Self-Preoccupied
IV. Be Free of Unwholesome Attachments
Conclusion

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