Monthly Archives: October 2011

Michael Stone, from the Centre of Gravity, on Yoga and Buddhism:

What is the relationship between yoga and Buddhism? Are they compatible or are they two distinct and separate paths? In this video, Michael Stone explores the connections between yoga & Buddhism, and how this relationship can impact our lives.

Yoga studios are often perceived as being focused on the body, while meditation centers emphasize the study of the mind. Walk into most commercial yoga studios and, in comparison to a traditional Buddhist temple, it can be difficult to discern any relationship between the two. Michael Stone bridges the gap.

Happiness is about how we relate with people (including us), beings and environment. The Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers is a set of teachings on human conduct towards others, part of the Anishinaabe people’s wisdom. According to their tradition, such teachings were given to the Anishinaabe First Nations early in their history: Seven Grandfathers sent their messenger to survey the human condition. The messenger communicated, among others, with a child, and decided (after receiving approval from the Seven Grandfathers) to tutor him in the “Good way of Life”, each Grandfather providing one principle. The principles are:
– Nibwaakaawin—Wisdom, prudence, intelligence: To cherish knowledge is to know Wisdom;
– Zaagi’idiwin—Love: To know Love is to know peace. Love is unconditional;
– Minaadendamowin—Respect: To honour all creation is to have Respect. We must give respect if we wish to be respected;
– Aakode’ewin—Bravery, fearless heart: Bravery is to live with integrity, in every situation, to do what is right even when the consequences are unpleasant in the short-term;
– Gwayakwaadiziwin—Honesty, righteousness: it is about being honest in word and action. Be honest first with yourself, and you will more easily be able to be honest with others;
– Dabaadendiziwin—Humility, compassion: knowing ourselves as a part of the whole; we can have differences, that does not make better or worse than others.
– Debwewin—Truth: truth is to know all of these things. Speak the truth. Do not deceive yourself or others.

This is an excerpt from our book: A course in happiness and well-being

What do Estonia, Mauritius, Canada and Australia have in common? They are the top four countries in the World for air quality. They rank even better than Bhutan.

From the Vancouversun:

A new World Health Organization database on air quality places Canada as one of the world’s top nations when it comes to clean air […]. The international public health authority on Monday launched its first Air Quality database, which covers almost 1,100 cities in 91 countries, revealing the world’s hot spots for air pollution as well as regions with the highest health burden due to poor air quality[…].


Includes the year of the last sample, followed by the number of micrograms of particulate matter at least 10 micrometres in size, per cubic metre of air.

Estonia 2008 11

Mauritius 2009 12

Canada 2008 13

Australia 2009 13

Ireland 2008 15

Bhutan 2006 18

Luxembourg 2008 18

Monaco 2008 18

United States 2008 18

Finland 2008 19

My strengths, in terms of:
– Aware and Accepting:

– Meaningful and Motivated:

– Active and Attentive:

– Resilient and Respectful:

– Eating properly and Exercising:

Too few strengths: maybe you are setting the bar to high?
Too many: maybe you are writing synonymous of the same strength(s)?

– Aware and Accepting: I take my time to understand the context, and I understand that we can have different views about how things are or can be done, and I understand there is richness in diversity.

This is an excerpt from our book: A course in happiness and well-being

Oprah remembers her controversial 1997 interview with Ellen DeGeneres. Oprah also discusses a bedrock belief: Anyone pretending to be something that they’re not, will never become all that they were meant to be.

Oprah Lifeclass lesson 3: You Become What You Believe. Tonight, Oprah talks about the importance of trusting yourself. She interviews Jim Carrey, J.K. Rowling, Ralph Lauren on the nature of our beliefs and how they affect what we can achieve.

Oprah Lifeclass: Jim Carrey, J.K. Rowling, Ralph Lauren

British author J. K. Rowling wrote the famous Harry Potter fantasy series. She is also known for her “rags to riches” life story, in which she progressed from living on welfare to multi-millionaire status within five years. In October 2010, J. K. Rowling was named ‘Most Influential Woman in Britain’. She has become a notable philanthropist, supporting Comic Relief, One Parent Families, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain.

Oprah’s Lifeclass lesson 2: Oprah and Terry McMillan talk about anger. Oprah and Terry McMillan explores how Terry’s intense rage almost destroyed her. They also examine how anger can stand in the way of the life you were meant to live.

Terry McMillan is a best-selling author. She achieved national attention in 1992 with her third novel, Waiting to Exhale, which remained on The New York Times bestseller list for many months. In 1998, McMillan’s novels How Stella Got Her Groove Back, was made into a movie. McMillan’s novel Disappearing Acts was subsequently produced as a direct-to-cable feature, starring Wesley Snipes and Sanaa Lathan. She also wrote the best seller A Day Late and a Dollar Short. She published The Interruption of Everything in 2005. Getting to Happy, the long-awaited sequel to Waiting to Exhale, was published on September 7, 2010.

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Oprah’s Lifeclass features Oprah Winfrey using her library of 4,561 shows as “a teaching tool” to viewers to help them improve their lives

Oprah Lifeclass: Oprah talks About Her Fight With Weight And Ego

Oprah’s Lifeclass Webcast: Oprah and Eckhart Tolle talk About Ego
Please see: for questions asked by viewers and answers provided by Eckhart Tolle

The book: Oprah’s lifeclass independent journal as PDF eBook
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