When a long-awaited good thing happens, be grateful that it happened, not resentful that it happened so late
Jan11

When a long-awaited good thing happens, be grateful that it happened, not resentful that it happened so late

Suppose someone who had a longstanding disagreement with us finally comes over to our viewpoint. If we welcome them gracefully,…

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The essence of commitment is recommitment
Sep20

The essence of commitment is recommitment

We sometimes resolve to do something constructive such as exercising, meditating, studying wisdom-texts or becoming…

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Look for the good in all situations, even in situations that don’t look good
Sep19

Look for the good in all situations, even in situations that don’t look good

Whenever life subjects us to terrible situations, we often obsess over how bad things are. Such obsession makes us feel …

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When the mind says our victories are too small to count, cross-question it – What other way is there to big victories
Sep09

When the mind says our victories are too small to count, cross-question it – What other way is there to big victories

When striving for self-mastery, we sometimes succeed in taking small steps forward. For example, suppose we find it difficult…

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Complaining is no one’s birthright – and it has made no one’s birth right
Aug27

Complaining is no one’s birthright – and it has made no one’s birth right

Some people are chronic complainers. They self-righteously justify their negativity, irritability and disagreeability,…

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Everything in history is not in memory; everything in memory is not in history – intelligence means to know what belongs where, and to keep it there
Aug23

Everything in history is not in memory; everything in memory is not in history – intelligence means to know what belongs where, and to keep it there

History and memory are both records of the past. Yet they can differ significantly. Let’s see how.  Everything in history…

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