All The Wrong Places. . .

All The Wrong Places. . .

A 24/7 obsession with making life “just right” can cause us to focus on the wrong things, because we’re often poor judges of what will make us happy. For example, we might think that buying a new house, being popular and having a certain amount of money will make us happy, so we strive relentlessly for them, but in reality, when we finally get these things, we still feel like something is missing. It’s the old “I’ll be happy when I’ve got X” syndrome. Except when you get X, you realize it’s not everything you expected. It never is. Does this sound familiar to you? Perhaps it’s because we are constantly being sent messages from society and popular media telling us that X, Y & Z will make us happy.  We hear, “If you’re slim you’ll be happy,” or, “If...

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!...

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