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When Life feels Stressful—

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10 Mindful, actually-Helpful Things to do when Life feels Scary.

When money’s tight and hard to get…

…and your horse has also ran…

…when all you’ve got is a heap o’debt…

…a pint of plain is your only man.

~ Flann O’Brien

Life is uncertain. Something goes well, something falls apart. A dream comes true, a dream turns into something else. There’s no keeping it all together. Life is like whitewater, sometimes. Other times, it’s a calm, even boring stream. Sometimes, it’s a stagnant pool and you want to row forward. In any case, it’s a flowing river, and we don’t know where it’s taking us.

That uncertainty, Pema Chodron and Buddhism remind us, is okay. Life is fragile, and precious, and should be lived for joyful benefit.

But there is one solution to that uncertainty. It’s to be kind to yourself. Not kind to your ego—it’s important to remain open to criticism, to listen, to keep your sweet heart exposed to life. But—it’s vital to learn to be kind to yourself.

You can read about maitri, here. Then, please, for your own good—practice it daily.

Yours in Creating Enlightened Society

Waylon H. Lewis

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.

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