February 14, 2014

12 Nice Things That Are Bad For You.

Here’s the Nice Things list, linked to why.
1) Incense.
2) Plastic Clothing
3) To-go cups
4) Gluten Free Crap: Gluten-Free can be Bad for 99% of Us.
5) Jogging in a City
6) Music in yoga class. Why I Don’t Play Music in Yoga Class.Music in Yoga Class? WTF?
7) That New Clothes / New Car Smell: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Clothes.
8) Smartphones
9) Air conditioning and central heating (see quote, below)
10) Self-help & Happiness
11) Taking a long Shower: This Earth Day: “Take action, take your clothes off.”
12) Convenience: walking in your house with shoes on, 
keeping wifi and appliances plugged in.
pema chodron funny fear

Via Pema Chodron:“…There is this fundamental restlessness. It can be everything from wanting to fill up the space… and when you’re not sitting, this is happening all the time.Trungpa Rinpoche used to praise boredom in sitting. He said that you have to sit to the point where you’re just bored. You’ve worn out all the entertainment value and you’re just bored. And you have to go through the restlessness of boredom. Because boredom is just another word for this fundamental restlessness–it’s hot, you want to get out of there. And he said you have to sit through with as much loving kindness towards yourself and compassion, relaxation, anything that enables you to kindly and gently and continually stay present. Learning to stay with the boredom. Until, at some point, it shifts to what he called cool boredom, which is that it doesn’t make you want to jump up anymore or fill up the space.We fill up the space by working, by eating, by addictions of all kinds, by all kinds of activities. And if you don’t believe me, just start paying attention to this tonight when you leave, or even sitting here, or tomorrow during your day, or for every day for the rest of your life. You will notice just a few examples now and then. [Laughter] Then with your speech, it’s the same thing. Yackity, yackity, yack. Filling up the space.How often have you finally gotten some time in your day to have a little peace of mind (you might say, Well, that never happens, but…), but how often has that happened when it stretched a little longer than was comfortable and you made a phone call? You just, somehow, wanted to not be there with that fundamental restlessness. So you make a phone call. Or, how often are you with somebody and they’re not talking very much, and then you just start talking more and more and more and more and more. Like silence becomes very threatening and awkward, and you begin to feel every hair on your head and you begin to feel where arms are and everything’s itching, suddenly you’re scratching all over, and wiggling and moving…” …read the rest, here.




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Gluten-Free can be Bad for 99% of Us.

21 “Non-Spiritual” Things that make us Happy.


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