Ricard: afflicted or optimal?

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“The essential point here is that we can never truly bring past events back to life.
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They survive only through the impact they have on our present experience.
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What really matters is the nature of our living experience, whether it is optimal or afflictive.
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If we become expert at freeing ourselves of all afflictive mental states as they take form, the actual content of the past events that might have triggered them becomes quite irrelevant.
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Furthermore, being able to repeatedly free oneself of such afflictive thoughts as they occur gradually erodes their very tendency to form again, until they stop appearing altogether.
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Just as our emotions, moods, and tendencies have been shaped by the accumulation of countless instantaneous thoughts, they can be transformed through time by dealing in a mindful way with such thoughts.”
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Mindfulness is an accumulative practice, it deepens, it grows, it builds, it soothes more and more.
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