Articles by Phillip Moffitt

complete alphabetical list of all articles written by Phillip Moffitt

Awakening in the Body

Mindfulness of the body is a profound, though often overlooked, opportunity to deepen your meditation practice and develop insight.

Balancing Priorities

If you hope to find lasting happiness, you must answer the question, what is your true priority—your inner life or your outer life?

Being in Your Body

The inner experience of integrating what you learn in yoga class into your daily life experience is what's referred to as “being in the body...

Beyond Happiness

In the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha focused primarily on suffering as a gateway to liberation. But he also taught that mindfulness of happiness...

Core Values and Essential Intentions

Your path to well-being begins with understanding the values and intentions you want to live by. I've created a worksheet, which I use in my Life...

Cultivating Clear Comprehension

One of the benefits of practicing mindfulness is that you develop the ability to make wise distinctions in both thoughts and actions.

Decision Time

It is possible to relieve your mental suffering around making decisions by applying the Buddhist practice of mindfulness.

Do the Right Thing

Your reward for doing the right thing is the right thing itself and what it feels like in the moment.

Establishing a Daily Home Practice

An attitude of surrender is a prerequisite to making a commitment to a daily yoga and meditation practice.

Forgiving the Unforgivable

Forgiveness practice can help you find meaning in life's worst events and free you of the inner violence of your own rage.

Freedom from Fear

Being mindful of your fear allows it to become your teacher and gives purpose to what is otherwise meaningless suffering.

Healing Your Mother Wound

If you have unresolved feelings about your mother (or father), making them part of your mindfulness practice can transform what has been a...

How to Meditate

Mindfulness meditation begins with learning to concentrate your attention on an object, typically the breath, which enables you to notice how your...

Life Balance Professional Training Program

The Life Balance Professional Training Program encompasses the wisdom, tools, and approaches that have been developed over the past 25 years. ...

Living with Disappointment

If you choose to consciously accept life's disappointments, you will discover meaning in your suffering.

Lost in Doubt

The antidote to doubt is faith, an active willingness to suspend self-judgment and to see for yourself what is true.

Making Major Life Changes

Bringing mindfulness to the impulse to make changes in your life enables you to stay true to your values in what is a time of uncertainty.

Opening to Love

Practicing loving-kindness and compassion allows you to be at peace in the midst of suffering.

Practicing Nonviolence toward Self

Find freedom from self-violence caused by fearful or wanting mind-states through the practice of mindfulness.

Practicing Self-Restraint

These three renunciation practices will bring you greater happiness and inner peace, without having to give up all your worldly possessions.

Realizing Your True Nature

The Buddha taught that your true nature is emptiness and when this true nature is realized, the divine states of loving-kindness, compassion,...

Reconcilable Differences

When you feel at odds with others, practicing this reconciliation meditation can help you accept their differences and find harmony within.

Selfless Gratitude

The Buddhist practice of cultivating gratitude leads to the direct experience of the interconnectedness of all of life.

Setting Personal Boundaries

Developing and maintaining healthy boundaries is vital to your psychological growth and spiritual liberation.

Sharing the Mat: The Synergy of Yoga & Buddhism

Supplementing your meditation practice with a Hatha Yoga practice can help you develop awareness of the body, which the Buddha taught was the...

Start with Your Body

Cultivating awareness in the body can lead to the realization of your true nature.

Starting a Mindfulness Meditation Practice

Through the practice of mindfulness meditation, you can develop the ability to be fully aware moment-to-moment in daily life.

Starting Over

If you want to make lasting change in your life, practice starting over.

Striking a Balance between Effort and Ease in Yoga & Life

It takes a certain amount of will to practice yoga, and the same is true in life. But excessive willfulness creates tension. Finding the balance...

Surrendering to Suffering

If you wish to develop understanding, kindness, and clarity, you must willingly surrender to dukkha, the inevitable pain of life.

The Body as Spiritual Path

Body awareness can be both a path to the realization of the dharma and a means for learning to stay present in every moment.

The Gift of Generosity

The Buddhist practice of dana or generosity liberates you from feelings of separateness and alienation.

The Heart's Intention

Setting intentions is not the same as making goals. Understanding the difference can lead to more skillful living and less suffering.

The Perfect Yoga Pose

The goal of doing asana isn't to achieve perfect poses. The point of hatha yoga is to be present to the actual experience of your body and...

The Pursuit of Happiness

When you organize and measure your life by how well you follow your intentions instead of getting what you desire, your moments of happiness are...

The Tyranny of Expectations

Without your realizing it, your expectations may be undermining your happiness.

The Yoga of Relationship

Cultivating mindfulness can help you face the inevitable difficulties and disappointments that arise in relationship with equanimity, compassion,...

Trust Issues

Trust in the eternal now can help you find freedom from the endless cycle of fear and wanting.

Understanding Your Identity

Through the Buddhist practice of mindfulness you realize that clinging to your sense of identity creates a separate self, which the Buddha said is...

When the Student Is Ready

Finding the right spiritual teacher begins with knowing what you need at each stage in your spiritual development.

Will Yoga & Meditation Really Change My Life?

Yoga and meditation teach you that life is not personal, and they enable you to be with your experience just as it is. Therefore, your life...

Phillip Moffitt

Entrepreneur and former Esquire magazine editor-in-chief and C.E.O., Phillip Moffitt, founded the Life Balance Institute in order to provide training and resources for individuals and executives in how to live a more satisfying, values-based life. More

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