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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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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Attachment is the inability to say no, whatever the cost
Sep18

Attachment is the inability to say no, whatever the cost

Suppose we are buying something. Usually, we would compare its cost with its value: is what I have to pay commensurate with…

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Tolerance empowers us when we focus on our purposefulness, not on our powerlessness
Sep06

Tolerance empowers us when we focus on our purposefulness, not on our powerlessness

Some people feel that tolerating makes them powerless: “If things are going wrong and I just tolerate them without doing…

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