Gong Mind

“The myth of Normal” and our spiritual nature

I used to teach the idea of a conceptual spectrum of “noramalcy” in Applied Healthcare Ethics courses. I wish I could’ve said it as eloquently as this (or had this video to share with my future healthcare students!)




Stop Blaming and start LISTENING! A helpful reminder for us all 🙂


16 Goals to help you Appreciate what You have RIGHT NOW!

Before you start creating a list of resolutions that might begin with “when x happens, I will..” or “I’ll be happier when…” read this list of 16 helpful reminders to be happy with, and thankful for, what you have right now.

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime

“Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets,” essayist Tim Kreider wrote in The New York Times. “The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration—it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”



Watch this video: The Power of Empathy and Connection.

I love Brenée Brown and have read a lot of her work on vulnerability. My own research continues to grow on the virtues of vulnerability and meditation. Empathy is another form of compassion. Learning how to be empathic is learning how to show compassion. What are your thoughts on the video, vulnerability, meditation, and compassion?



“Both ancient teachings and modern medical research agree that one of the quickest, most direct routes to restoring harmony and balance in our lives is to foster gratitude and appreciation. The moment you shift from a mindstate of negativity or judgment to one of appreciation, there are immediate effects at many levels of your being: Brain function becomes more balanced, harmonized, and supple; your heart begins to pump in a much more coherent and harmonious rhythm; and biochemical changes trigger a host of healthful responses throughout your body.” 


<<This disease of being “busy” (and let’s call it what it is, the dis-ease of being busy, when we are never at ease) is spiritually destructive to our health and wellbeing. It saps our ability to be fully present with those we love the most in our families, and keeps us from forming the kind of community that we all so desperately crave.

Since the 1950s, we have had so many new technological innovations that we thought (or were promised) would make our lives easier, faster, simpler. Yet, we have no more “free” or leisurely time today than we did decades ago.

For some of us, the “privileged” ones, the lines between work and home have become blurred. We are on our devices. All. The. Freaking. Time.>>

Keep reading here: http://www.onbeing.org/blog/the-disease-of-being-busy/7023

If you’re in need of recharging your well-being (and not your phone!!),please consider joining us for a gong bath!




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