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46. Accepting Reality

You may have heard of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. They are: 1. Life means suffering 2. The cause of suffering is attachment 3. The cessation of suffering is attainable 4. The path to the cessation of suffering is The Eightfold Path, and encompasses wisdom and understanding, acting ethically and developing your mind. In short, suffering is in good supply in this life, and most of it is created by wanting things to be a certain way. For example, we look in the mirror and see a blemish on our face, or that our body is the wrong shape, or we notice some wrinkles or grey hair. We get down or anxious or start worrying about that holiday or date that's coming up that we want to look

45. How to Achieve More While Doing Less

I can remember in the seventies people talked all the time about 'the age of leisure.' The belief was that with all the new technology - meaning that you no longer had to wash dishes, brush carpets or even make tea - in a few years we could all expect to be able to put our feet up for large chunks of the week. In practice, life seems busier than ever before, and the long hours culture thrives. But wouldn't it be great if we could achieve more, and in less time? That's what this week's tip is about. "There are only four types of officer. First, there are the lazy, stupid ones. Leave them alone, they do no harm. Second, there are the hard-working intelligent ones. They make excellent