Inner work

No mistakes, only lessons.

By Nicole Urdang | March 27, 2012
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Panoramic awareness is based on a certain amount of trust, or optimism. Basically nothing is regarded as a failure or as dangerous. Rather, whatever arises is experienced as part of a creative and loving relationship toward oneself. Chögyam Trungpa There are no mistakes. All of life is a blessing given to us to learn from. […]

You Are Just a Visitor

By Nicole Urdang | March 19, 2012
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If you are a yogi, Buddhist, or have simply read some chapters on this site, you are probably familiar with the concepts of mindfulness and witness consciousness. While both support an open awareness of what is, any techniques that help root you in the present will bolster your equanimity and strengthen your resilience. By thinking […]

Demons: Befriend Them If You Want To Change & Grow

By Nicole Urdang | November 5, 2011
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Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment. Eckhart Tolle If you are reading this, the demons haven’t won. Facing your demons is part of life. From […]

Complaining: A Path To Authenticity and Less Pain

By Nicole Urdang | July 15, 2011
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“What annoyances are more painful than those of which we cannot complain?” Marquis de Custine “Things are seldom what they seem, skim milk masquerades as cream.” From H.M.S. Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan Have you ever noticed yourself vacillating between feeling grateful and complaining? Take heart, they don’t cancel each other out, nor do they […]

Patience: How To Cultivate It

By Nicole Urdang | May 16, 2011
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How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees. William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) Patience is the best remedy for every trouble. Titus Maccius Plautus (254 BC – 184 BC) “Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.” Barbara Johnson Many […]

Time and Transformation

By Nicole Urdang | December 7, 2010
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There is something appealing about the old saying, “When life hands you lemons make lemonade.” As unpoetic as it may be, I would add, just give yourself time to find a pitcher, buy the sugar, and stir it all up. Similarly, even the harshest reality is an opportunity to learn, grow, and develop if you […]