What’s wrong with unrestrained sexual activity?
May07

What’s wrong with unrestrained sexual activity?

Today’s culture glamorizes lust as the source of immediate and immense pleasure.  However, such glamorization impoverishes…

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The power of negative imagination
Mar13

The power of negative imagination

Biologically, we are wired more to fear pain than to savor pleasure. In most enjoyable situations, there’s a self-evident…

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Use imagination to reinforce resolution

We sometimes resolve to not do something, yet end up doing that very thing. For example, we may resolve to avoid binging on…

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How desires differ from emotions — and why the difference matters
Mar07

How desires differ from emotions — and why the difference matters

When we make resolutions for self-mastery, we are often thwarted by our emotions and desires.  Emotions are largely reactive,…

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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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Don’t fight against your bad habits — cultivate good habits and let them fight against your bad habits
Mar04

Don’t fight against your bad habits — cultivate good habits and let them fight against your bad habits

When we have some bad habits, we often strive to get rid of them. If we fail repeatedly, we may become disheartened and quit.…

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