Avoid hell in the mind, avoid hell in the world
May31

Avoid hell in the mind, avoid hell in the world

Some people think of hell as merely a belief of some religious groups. Others think of hell as merely a physical location …

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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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Purification means that sensual contemplation stops; determination means that we stop sensual contemplation
Mar18

Purification means that sensual contemplation stops; determination means that we stop sensual contemplation

To grow spiritually and live meaningfully, we need to regulate sensual indulgence. For such regulation, we had best begin…

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