We want to punish the other person because we suffer. Then, we have anger in us; we have violence in us, just as they do. When we see that our suffering and anger are no different from their suffering and anger, we will behave more compassionately. So understanding the other is understanding yourself and understanding… Continue reading Everything must begin with you
Reflection on Thay’s passage in “Happiness in the Present Moment”: “I shall learn to know what is sufficient, to live simply, so that I have time to live deeply every moment of my daily life, giving my body and mind a chance to heal, and to have the time to look after and protect those… Continue reading Live Simply, Live Deeply – realization
Love that Buddhism teaches me to find my true self, and that my true self is the Holy Spirit Christ taught us. It’s a complete circle, and deepens with practice. With Buddhism, we can recognize the false self, and leave duality behind. Its lovely, and wonderful, and joyful, and precious. -D.Wilbanks
“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” ~Eckhart Tolle~ “If you argue with reality, you’ll lose every time.” ~Adyashanti~ “What you resist persists.” ~Carl Gustav Jung~ “Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to… Continue reading The only problem in your life, is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.
“You can motivate people with sticks, and you can motivate them with carrots. Neither last however. The only motivation that lasts, is true relationship built on Trust.” – learned from a friend in Al-a-non
“Don’t throw away your suffering. Touch your suffering. Face it directly, and your joy will become deeper. You know that suffering and joy are both impermanent. Learn the art of cultivating joy. Practice like this, and you come to the third turning of the Third Noble Truth, the “Realization” that suffering and happiness are not… Continue reading Learn the Art of Cultivating Joy
“Once you take a step on the path of peace, you will then have more energy to take the next step, so it becomes two steps, then this can become four or five steps, and so forth.” – – Leslie Rawls, Dharmacharya – Charlotte Community of Mindfulness.