Why Meditate: Mathew Ricard

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Altruistic love and compassion are the foundations of genuine happiness.
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These remarks are not intended to be moralistic; they simply reflect reality.
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Seeking happiness selfishly is a sure way to make yourself, or anyone else, unhappy.
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Some people might think that the smartest way to guarantee their own well-being is to isolate themselves from others and to work hard at their own happiness, without consideration for what other people are experiencing.
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They probably assume that if everybody did that, we’d all be happy.
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But the result would be exactly the opposite: instead of being happy, they would be torn between hope and fear, make their own lives miserable, and ruin the lives of the people around them too.
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In the end, just “looking out for number one” is a losing proposition for everybody.
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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by mahbuttitches on January 6, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Agreed. True love multiplies. You find the love in yourself, love others more freely and deeply, which in turn, teaches others to love you. Namaste!

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