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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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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The essence of renunciation is not giving up worldly things, it is giving up worldly thoughts
Jan23

The essence of renunciation is not giving up worldly things, it is giving up worldly thoughts

Some people define spiritual advancement in terms of renunciation: the more one physically renounces worldly things,…

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To deal with fear, focus not on what if, but on what is
Jan03

To deal with fear, focus not on what if, but on what is

Suppose we hear about an acquaintance getting a heart attack. We may become fearful: “What if I get a heart attack when …

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The mind makes us fight wars that aren’t winnable and wars where victory is not  even definable
Dec08

The mind makes us fight wars that aren’t winnable and wars where victory is not even definable

During our life-journey, we often have to fight against various adversities and adversaries. Among these fights, the …

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Value those who value you and don’t overvalue those who devalue you
Sep24

Value those who value you and don’t overvalue those who devalue you

Suppose we are giving a talk. If the audience is responsive and appreciative, we feel enthused to speak. But if the audience…

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