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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Forgiveness shouldn’t enable atrocity; it should end animosity
Feb26

Forgiveness shouldn’t enable atrocity; it should end animosity

To know when to forgive, we need to recognize two different needs: ending atrocity and ending animosity.  Ending atrocity:…

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When we react to atrocity with fury, we give the forces of illusion control over both sides of the war
Feb25

When we react to atrocity with fury, we give the forces of illusion control over both sides of the war

Suppose two countries start fighting because one of them has done something terrible. Suppose further that one side is …

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Our attachments are like a rented house that we don’t usually leave unless we are evicted
Feb06

Our attachments are like a rented house that we don’t usually leave unless we are evicted

Our attachments are our mental home – that’s where our thoughts go by default when we have nothing to think about, just…

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