Kindness Tip: smile and say hello to start a title wave


Here is something to try: take a moment to set an intention to smile and say hello to people as you walk around today.  Don’t worry if they don’t respond, and some people might not even look up.  Your positive attitude, expressed through your smile and pleasant greeting, will have a ripple effect that the world will thank you for.  Truly the world would be a better place if just one person reads this and adds to the world’s positive energy.

Everyday Buddhism Podcast w/ Wendy Shinyo Haylett



What is a podcast?

A definition could read as follows:

A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.

This simple idea can (potentially) lead to something that can have a significant impact on others.  In the past, I had found podcasts to be a great source of information about NFL football.  Still, I felt that this source of entertainment might offer something deeper that could help one on our quest for enlightenment.  I recently stumbled upon a new series of podcasts that have a truly beautiful message, which has been of great benefit to me.

Everyday Buddhism is a wonderful podcast series that takes on the daunting goal of applying Buddhist contemplative teachings (which should not be relegated to religious leaps of faith) in a way that is applicable and viable to every person.  The host, Wendy Shinyo Haylett, provides an interesting and engaging narrative to her self-proclaimed “tips and tricks,” which are intended to make everyday better.

Wendy seems to be a very down-to-earth person who has some great things to say about subjects that would be of interest and benefit to every sentient being on the planet.  Her first 15 episodes are available for download, and I have enjoyed listening to every one.  Her humble endevor to create a positive show in very fluid and evolving manner, is very entertaining, interesting, and informative.  Her candid proclamations of discovery about her efforts to mold a effective podcast presentation comes across as very real, honest, and refreshing.

The shows have contained presentations on such deep subjects as everyday applications for the factors of the Nobel Eight Fold Path, with a special episode devoted to each one of the eight, and concepts around how to view the self.  My favorite episodes are a two-part examination of Zen Koans and their ability to expand the mind with an intentional cul-de-sac of words/thoughts.  I did come away with a greater understanding of these stories and sayings that are intended to be something that is not to be understood.  I found it’s actually beneficial to come away from a question with an answer of “I just don’t know.”

Check this podcast.  I believe it is available on most podcast platforms.  I have included a link to the show’s website.  Let me know what you think.  Do you find it as enjoyable, informative, and actually enlightening as I have??

Everyday Buddhism Podcast

Positive Affirmations

The Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves 🐺 🐺

Waves on a Beach

This exercise is designed to help you when you find it difficult to deal with negative thought patterns.

1. Imagine you are sitting on a peaceful beach. It is warm, and you are wearing a bathing suit. The tide brings warm waves lapping all around you.

2. Bobbing in the waves are clear glass bottles. Each of the bottles contains a written ‘message’ which is one of your own thoughts. Some of these thoughts are positive, and some of them are negative. They are all mixed up together. Just let them all come in on the tide, and go back out on the tide. ‘Read’ each thought as it passes by you, just recognizing that it belongs to you: you wrote the messages in the bottle. Try not to react to the message itself, just observe each one.

3. As the tide turns and begins to go out, focus your attention on one positive message that you wrote with your mind. Pluck the bottle from the sea, and hold on to it. Allow the tide to take all the other bottles back out to sea. Observe them all, getting over smaller, as the tide retreats.

4. Now perform a real-world action which relates to the message in the bottle that you have chose to keep hold of. It might be as simple as running a hot bath, taking the dog for a walk, or phoning a friend. The important thing to recognize is that you can choose which thoughts to act upon, and which to allowed to receive beyond the horizon.


Kindergarteners Talk About Mindfulness in “Just Breathe” Short Film – Mindful

Kindness Tip: What’s in a name?

Kindness and thoughtfulness bring joy to the giver, the receiver, and truly to the world. Here’s a suggestion, the next time you are dinning out take a second to note the server’s name. When you are speaking smile and use their name kindly. Look for everything that they are doing right and be quick to thank and compliment. If you get a servey, fill it out this time. Be sure to point out the great service and mention the server by name. Kindness is contagious.

Positive States of Mind

Use this as a meditation mantra

Watch “The power of acts of kindness” on YouTube

A Christmas story sparks an interesting news story on kindness.

Positive States of Mind