Tag Archives: Mindfulness


Your Mind’s User Manual

Let’s start with a computer analogy to understand your mind. Suppose that you’re running a Windows machine with a lot of bloatware running in the background. You haven’t installed that bloatware, but your computer came with them. That bloatware slows down your computer at best, but distracts and annoys you with unasked for notifications at […]


A Simple, Easy, Powerful Way to Release Your Unpleasant Emotions

Yesterday, I shared a powerful yet simple method to let go of your unpleasant feelings. This method is based on focusing your attention on the physical sensations that feeling creates in your body. You don’t pay attention to the thoughts that are triggered by that feeling. You don’t label the feeling. You focus on the […]


You Can Transform Your Life, But Do You Want to?

When something doesn’t work in your life, you might complain about it. You might even say that you want to change it. But that’s all on the conscious level. On an unconscious level, you’re likely holding a belief that is causing the dysfunctional condition in your life. I read a blog post by a person […]


The Secret to an Amazing Life

It must have been more than a decade since I read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Among other ideas, a thought experiment in the book stayed with me over the years. That is imagining your own funeral. Maybe, the idea was dramatic. Maybe, it’s the fact that I discussed it […]


Why Does No One Care?

If you ask a why question to yourself, ask yourself whether you’re really interested in finding an answer or you’re just venting off. Asking why questions repeatedly can be helpful to find the root cause of a problem. You can solve a problem by addressing its root cause. If your problem is drinking too much […]


Beyond Awake

For the sake of simplicity, let’s define two degrees of awareness, asleep and awake. When you’re asleep, you aren’t aware of much. When you’re awake, you’re aware of your environment and yourself. What if there was a degree higher than the state of being awake? That degree is called meta-consciousness or metacognition. When you reach […]


Discharging Negative Emotions Trapped in Our Psyche

Yesterday, I wrote an introductory post about the letting go method by David Hawkins. The letting go method is a simple and effective way to process and regulate intense emotions. It involves staying with the emotion without expressing, suppressing, or trying to change it in any other way. When you stay with an intense emotion, […]


A Racing Mind, a Blessing or a Curse?

Do you have a racing mind that jumps from thought to thought and comes up with new ideas all the time? That sounds like a blessing because you have a constant stream of new ideas. What can be wrong with that? On the other hand, a racing mind can be a serious liability, keeping you […]

Burak Bilgin

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