Category Archives: Andy James

What is “Right Effort” in Mindfulness Meditation?

  What is “Right Effort” in Mindfulness Meditation? According to the well-regarded book, “What the Buddha Taught”, “Right Effort” is described as “energetic will to prevent evil and unwholesome states of mind from arising and to produce ..good and wholesome states of mind”.  I think this advice is sage, but probably only achievable by experienced…
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Can we live without Belief?

The Content of Belief comes in many forms - religion, politics, health, diet, parenting and more.  However, the Process of belief is always the same - We “buy in”, identify and then protect that belief as “Right”, since it becomes part of what we think of as “I”. The Process of Belief is powerful and…
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Qigong & Tai Chi with Andy James

If you are interested in learning (or learning more) about Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan, this unique weekend workshop is for you! The workshop will offer detailed instruction on universally important fundamentals like standing, walking and breathing as well as more advanced mind-body-energy self-healing techniques. Instruction will be individually adjusted to your level of experience or…
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How can we make real changes in our lives?

Evidence suggests we individually and collectively overestimate our ability to change or set a low bar for “real change”. Changing partners, jobs, countries, religion, political party or diet are recognized as major “life stresses”, yet even such changes rarely alter our deep, behavioural patterns, which we may regard as our personal “software”.  In new relationships…
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