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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

1. The Mind
2. The feeling of I
3. Sam Harris Quotes
4. Terms to learn
5. Actions to take
6. Questions
7. Happiness
8. Further Research
9. Our pleasures are, by their very nature, fleeting
10. mind
11. Questions for Sam Harris from Tim Ferris Podcast
12. Millions of years of hominid evolution had produced nothing more transcendent than a craving for a cheeseburger and a chocolate milkshake
13. Our minds are all we have
14. Every experience you ever had been shaped by your mind
15. If u r angry, depressed, confused & unloving it won't matter how successful u become or who is in ur life - u won't enjoy any of it
16. Our list of goals, if done would allow us to finally relax and enjoy our lives in the present. This is a false hope
17. We are trying to find good enough reasons to be satisfied now
18. How we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the character of our experience and therefore the quality of our lives
19. My capacity for envy, the sense of being diminished by the happiness or success of another, seemed like a mental illness
20. MDMA aka drug Ecstasy
21. I had viewed organized religion as merely a monument to the ignorance and superstitions of our ancestors
22. I considered religion to be in ruins, maintained at enormous costs, but understood that important psychological truths cud b found in its ruins
23. Our world is dangerously riven by religious doctrines that all educated people should condemn
24. Our conventional sense of self is an illusion
25. the way we think directly influences our experiences in the world
26. The feeling that we call "I" is an illusion
27. Cutting through the illusion of the self, is what is meant by "spirituality"
28. Confusion and suffering may be our birthright , but wisdom and happiness are available.
29. Nothing need replace religions ludicrous and divisive doctrines such as Jesus will come back to earth & hurl unbelievers into a lake of fire
30. Death in defense of Islam is the highest good
31. It seems to me that I spend much of my life in a neurotic trance
32. It is possible to stand free of the juggernaut of self, if only for moments at a time
33. Happiness is elusive
34. Our pleasures by their nature are fleeting
35. There is an alternative to being spellbound by the conversation we are having with ourselves; the alternative is stop identifying with next thought in your head
36. Wisdom is nothing more profound than an ability to follow one's own advice
37. Problem of finding happiness
38. The way we think about experience can completely determine how we feel about it. Weightlifting pain can feel great but the same pain from disease is excruiating
39. Our minds are generally moving toward pleasure (or its imagined source) and away from pain
40. Our pleasures, however refined or easily acquired, are by their very nature fleeting
41. be at ease in the world for no reason which is synonymous with transcending the apparent boundaries of the self
42. It is a fact that a condition of selfless well-being is there to be glimpsed in each moment
43. Hindus are committed to specific metaphysical ideas -- the law of karma and rebirth, a multiplicity of gods
44. Devout Jews, Christians and Muslims believe that theirs is the one true and complete revelation
45. Islam supports violence in a way that Jainism doesn't
46. Buddhism offers a truly sophisticated, empirical approach to understanding the human mind
47. Christianity presents an almost perfect impediment to understanding the human mind
48. Abrahamic religions are incorrigibly dualistic and faith based
49. The central message of Abrahamic religions is that each of us is separate from a divine authority who will punish anyone who harbors doubts about his suppremacy
50. In the Hindu tradition of Advaita Vedanta consciousness itself is identical to the very reality that one might otherwise mistake for God
51. The central message of Abrahamic religions is that each of us is separate from and divine authority who will punish anyone who harbors doubts about his suppremacy
52. Unlike the doctrines of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the teachings of Buddhism are not considered by their adherents to be the product of infallible revelation
53. The buddha was a man who woke up from the dream of being a separate self
54. Spiritual life consists in overcoming the illusion of the saelf by paying close attention to our experience in the present moment
55. It is always now
56. The reality of your life is always now has nothing more important if you want to be happy in this world
57. We manage to avoid being happy while struggling to become happy
58. We often fail to appreciate what we have until we have lost it
59. Mindfulness is a state of clear, nonjudgmental and undistracted attention to the contents of consciousness, whether pleasant or unpleasant
60. The Satipatthana Sutta isn't a collection of ancient myths, superstitions, and taboos; it is a rigorously empirical guide to freeing the mind from suffering
61. The totality of one's experience can becomes the field of contemplation.
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