Eric Swanson

Eric Swanson has co-authored four books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Joy of Living, and is the sole author of several additional works of fiction and non-fiction. He's studied Tibetan Buddhism for many years and most days he makes peace with the cranky guy inside his head.

Articles by Eric Swanson

Addicted to Selfies? Here’s Your Antidote.

I admit, I’m a bit puzzled by “selfies." Isn't life complicated enough? We’re parents, children, employees, bosses, lovers, loners, counselors, seekers. Sometimes the sheer complexity of switching between all the different roles we play throughout the day becomes overwhelming and we find ourselves momentarily confused, genuinely wondering, “Who am I?”

Hang It Up! Quick Visualization Exercises

Some people do seem to “wake up” right away: A single bop on the head, a whispered word from a master, an angelic or otherwise otherworldly visitation—and hey presto!—the inner light goes on, the true nature of reality becomes manifest, and suffering bites the dust. I am not one of those people.

Spring Cleaning As Meditation

This year, I’ve decided on a different approach. I’m challenging myself to turning Spring Cleaning into an opportunity for practice. To do this, I’m taking along a couple of tools from my meditation room: looking (or noticing) and appreciating. Cleaning as an act of creativity. I can work with that, too.

Happier Holidays: A Conversation with Gretchen Rubin

“If you feel like it’s going to be stressful either to host or be hosted,” Gretchen Rubin suggests, “make sure you get enough sleep. Make sure you don’t let yourself get too hungry. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time so that you don’t feel harried and you’re just racing against the clock to get to the airport or wherever you’re headed.”

Embrace the Newness of New Year, New You

When you step into a room, take a moment to breathe it all in. Yes, just breathe in all the sensations—the lights, the sounds, the smells. Savor the newness of it. And people you see? The friends? The family members? The co-workers? Really look at them as if for the first time. Listen as if for the first time.

Want to Experience the True Benefits of Meditation? Do This.

If we practice meditation to gain clarity, joy, and bliss only for ourselves, whatever perks we enjoy will be transitory, at best. Genuine meditation is about busting through the dichotomies of “self and other” and “my stuff and your stuff.” If we’re not practicing to benefit others, we’re not truly benefiting at all.
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