Self Destruction. . .

Self Destruction. . .

It is self-centered craving that holds together the forces which comprise the life-current, the stream of existence which we call the self; and it is only with self-delusion that unsatisfactoriness or suffering can exist. By the destruction of that which holds together the delusion of the self, the root cause of suffering is also destroyed. The ultimate aim of Buddhist practice, then, is to understand and step out of the shadow of the self. This is where a great deal of misunderstanding arises, and naturally so; but once it is realized that to eliminate the self is to annihilate a delusion, this misunderstanding disappears. When the delusion is removed, the reality appears; so that to destroy delusion is to reveal the reality. The reality cannot be discovered...

Opportunity is Uncomfortable. . .

Opportunity is Uncomfortable. . .

Think about a time in your life when you went through a tough but rewarding experience. Perhaps you took on a challenging project. Do you remember feeling a great sense of anxiety telling you that you would fail, but you didn’t? And as a result, not only did you achieve something amazing, you also opened up an array of new opportunities for yourself, became a little bit wiser, and gained a greater sense of self-confidence. Well, it just shows us that if we want to discover new and interesting opportunities in life, it’s not possible to feel comfort every moment along the way. A little discomfort is necessary medicine. As they say, opportunity is missed by most people simply because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like hard work. Don’t be one of these people!...

Experience VS Expectations. . .

Experience VS Expectations. . .

Think about a time when you were looking forward to something. Maybe it was as simple as a nice walk on the beach with your partner, or perhaps a vacation you had been planning. When the time finally came, did you find yourself getting completely lost in the experience and having a great time, or were you scatter-brained with expectations of how the experience was “supposed to be,” and thus subconsciously feeling somewhat disappointed? Too often we become so determined to feel something in a certain way, that we end up focusing too much on whether an experience is meeting our expectations. But studies show that people who do certain activities with a specific set of expectations, or who monitor how much they are enjoying themselves every step of the way, end up...

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