To differentiate between resoluteness and stubbornness, consider content, consequence and intent
Mar13

To differentiate between resoluteness and stubbornness, consider content, consequence and intent

When we stick to something rigidly, are we being resolute or stubborn? To understand the difference, we need to look at our…

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The mind demands that others leave us alone and then complains they don’t care for us
Mar12

The mind demands that others leave us alone and then complains they don’t care for us

Suppose someone who we care for is going through difficulties. When we try to help them, they demand from us, “Leave me …

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To avoid emotional extremes, center your emotions on the eternal, not the external 
Mar11

To avoid emotional extremes, center your emotions on the eternal, not the external 

We sometimes experience mood swings, whereby small good things make us elated and more commonly small bad things make us…

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Light is usually seen before warmth is felt, but spiritual warmth frequently needs to be felt before spiritual light is seen
Mar10

Light is usually seen before warmth is felt, but spiritual warmth frequently needs to be felt before spiritual light is seen

If we are lost in the dark and cold, we can spot the light of a fire long before we feel its warmth. In the spiritual domain, however,…

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When the mind complains about the shortage of enjoyable sense objects, contemplate the shortage of enjoyment in the supposedly enjoyable sense objects
Mar09

When the mind complains about the shortage of enjoyable sense objects, contemplate the shortage of enjoyment in the supposedly enjoyable sense objects

Suppose we go to a hotel to eat a full meal and find that the delicacy we wanted is provided only in limited quantity. Our mind…

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