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Buddhism is a practical, non-religious framework of practices that helps individuals increase happiness and decrease suffering. It’s more than 2,500 years old, is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, and its mindfulness meditation practices have been proven by modern neuroscience to transform our elastic brains in positive, sustainable ways that align with high levels of mental health.

According to Buddhist teaching, our true nature is pure awareness, also known as nirvana, enlightenment, God, etc.; and is characterized by unlimited love, joy, peace, compassion, and equanimity. 

Our existence as human beings is a conditional, physical manifestation of this awareness. This manifestation, like the manifestation of all things that exist, is impermanent and characterized by “interbeing” or “non-self” (no truly separate, distinct self or ego or identity). In other words, we’re all in the same boat, and therefore we can be compassionate toward one another. 

The problem? Our habits of thinking and acting like we are permanent, distinct selves, cause us to be ignorant or unaware of our true nature. And, therefore, we suffer because we crave, avoid, and have aversions and delusions. Such has been the shared plight of human experience.

The Buddha recognized these realities and taught the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path as practices to help us gradually understand and embrace our true nature, so that we might stop suffering and be happy. The energy that fuels these unfolding efforts is called mindfulness.

I unpack these and other Buddhist teachings (all of which fall within the buckets of ethics, concentration, or wisdom) within this category of my website, and apply them daily in my life and work.

And I’ve never been happier.

 
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In my professional work, I help individuals and organizations enhance personal and business relationships and results through:

  1. Mindful Content (Books, Blogs, and Resources)
  2. Mindful Executive or Life Coaching 

What do I mean by “mindful?”

Mindfulness is my core organizing and unifying practice for every moment and dimension of life–including self-care, family, friends, community, and professional work. In a nutshell, mindfulness is the practice of becoming more fully aware of and attentive to, without judgement, what’s taking place within and around you. Some of the most common mindfulness exercises include pausing before reacting or responding, sitting meditation, breath meditation, mindful eating, mindful walking, reciting mantras, visualization, and doing a body scan–but there are many more.

Mindfulness can be your game-changer. There’s more research (such as this Forbes article) on the benefits of mindfulness than you or I can ever hope to read, but here’s the highlights of why mindfulness is worth doing:

  • Reduced stress
  • Increased focus and concentration
  • Increased productivity
  • Healthier relationships
  • Increased happiness and inner peace

I bring extensive cross-industry experience, education, and credentials to these services I offer. To inquire about my background and services, sign up for a free exploratory coaching session, or subscribe to free monthly content, please contact me here. You can also visit my LinkedIn profile and check out this post on my career journey.

Thanks and take good care,

John

John M. DeMarco is a writer, strategist, and executive coach based in Nashville, Tennessee.