Linda Bloom's Articles (9)

Feeling down? Consider this.

Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.

 

Regardless of what we do, life will at some point, bring us losses, disappointments, and instances of physical and emotional pain. Pain is the experience of something that creates physical, mental or emotional distress.…

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Added by Linda Bloom on October 5, 2017 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment

Bowing to the Inner Demons

A Powerful Teaching Story

Milarepa was a sage in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition who lived long ago. Legend has it that one day at the end of a long and exhausting pilgrimage he returned to his humble dwelling to find it infested with thousands of horrible demons of all…

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Added by Linda Bloom on September 25, 2017 at 3:19pm — 1 Comment

It’s Not about Time; It’s about Priorities.

Jason and Carolyn are a power couple. He’s an investment banker and she’s an attorney. They have two daughters ages 7 and 5. In between jobs and parenting, they squeeze in gym workouts. They serve on community committees and volunteer at their daughters’ school.

 

There isn’t much…

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Added by Linda Bloom on September 21, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Bringing the Stress Level Down

The Balancing Act

While suggestions for how to live a balanced life can be very helpful to many people, others with whom we have spoken have felt like tips and techniques for more effective time management don’t quite do it for them. These feelings are quite understandable. As many of…

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Added by Linda Bloom on September 18, 2017 at 11:51am — 2 Comments

Hoping for a Sweet One

Nasrudin was a mythical figure, a teacher from the Sufi tradition, who supposedly lived in what we now call the Middle East. One day one of his students walks into a room where Nasruddin was reaching into a bag of hot chili peppers and eating…

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Added by Linda Bloom on September 16, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Generosity of Spirit

It seems natural to be more concerned with our own needs and desires, rather than those of others. Yet, living life from an intention to give rather than to get is more likely to bring fulfillment. The attitude that we adopt may be the single-most important factor in determining the…

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Added by Linda Bloom on September 14, 2017 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Reaching for The Joy Zone

“Who is the happiest of man? He who values the merits of others and in their pleasure takes joy, even though it was his own.” --Goethe

Sympathetic Joy



Great relationships are characterized…

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Added by Linda Bloom on August 31, 2017 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Strengthening the Loyalty Bond

Dictionary.com defines loyalty as “faithfulness to commitments or obligations”. I much prefer to think of loyalty in terms of commitments that are freely chosen, rather than obligations that have associations that are heavy, and bring up fears about being trapped. Because loyalty has so many positive…

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Added by Linda Bloom on August 23, 2017 at 3:27pm — No Comments

The Power of Forgiveness

We met Jeri at a writer’s workshop where we all were students. She had the look of someone who has paid some serious dues. As we listened to her story we were amazed that she looked as youthful and vibrant as she did. It would be a profound understatement to say that Jeri had had a hard…

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Added by Linda Bloom on July 25, 2017 at 11:37am — 4 Comments

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