We think that we define freedom as being able to do whatever we want when we want. But this world does not allow us to do that. So we swing back and forth between freedom and a sense of imprisonment. But if you manage to achieve freedom from your own ambitions and desires, then you will actually move closer to the true nature of lasting freedom. - Pomnyun Sunim
Every living thing can be helped or harmed – plants, trees, insects, animals, people. Do your part to help. - Victor M. Parachin
Emotionally mature people sit with their pain. They stay with the discomfort until they’re able to identify their emotions. - Niklas Goeke
At the end of the day, we are all gloriously human. We are all messy, imperfect, beautiful, ever-evolving, continuous works in progress. - Kristen Sulimen
A wise person calmly considers what is right and what is wrong and faces different opinions with truth, non-violence and peace. - The Dhammapada
A common symptom of quitting the news is an improvement in mood. - David Cain
You cut down the forests of Lebanon.
Now you will be cut down.
You destroyed the wild animals,
so now their terror will be yours.
- Habakkuk 2:17 (New Living Version)
The search for happiness is not about looking at life through rose colored glasses or blinding oneself to the pain and imperfections of the world. It is about learning how to put things in perspective and reduce the gap between appearances and reality. - Matthieu Ricard
Though there may be times when anger feels unavoidable it is still important to defuse excessive anger and hostility from our hearts. For that reason, Jewish teaching recommends offering this bedtime prayer before drifting off to sleep: “Master of the Universe, I forgive all those who have caused me to become angry, and all those who have sinned against my body, my money, my honor or anything else that is mine . . . no one should be punished because of me.”
Commenting on that bedtime prayer, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin offers this reminder: “For most of us, this prayer will not work the first time we recite it. But repeating it night after night will help us become calmer and gain perspective. We will be less likely to find ourselves consumed with grudges and anger, and more likely to feel forgiving toward, and less angry at, those who have hurt us.”
The next time you’re feeling anxious or depressed, consider what you’re putting into your mind. Are you feeding it with doom and gloom, negativity, gossip, and other mental “junk food” ? If so, how about replacing it with information that is inspirational, uplifting, positive, and constructive? - David Gosse
Victor M. Parachin ...is a
Vedic educator, yoga instructor, Buddhist meditation teacher and author of a dozen books. Buy his books at amazon or your local bookstore.