Posts Tagged ‘MINDFULNESS’

TRANSFORM YOURSELF TO TRANSFORM THE WORLD


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Developing our own positive inner qualities is the best way to help others.
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At the beginning, our personal experience is our only reference point.
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Our personal, self-centered experience, which tells us that we don’t want to suffer, can become the basis for a much larger point of view that includes all beings.
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We are all dependent on each other and we all aspire to happiness.
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It would be absurd (if not impossible) to feel happy while countless other beings all around us are miserable.
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Seeking happiness for oneself alone is doomed to failure, since self-centeredness is a major source of our discontent.
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Even if we display all the outward signs of happiness, we cannot be truly happy if we fail to take an interest in the happiness of others.
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Altruistic love and compassion are the foundations of genuine happiness.
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Matthew Ricard
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WHAT IS MEDITATION?

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Meditation is a practice
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that makes it possible to cultivate
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and develop certain basic positive human qualities
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in the same way as other forms of training
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make it possible to play
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a musical instrument
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or acquire any other skill.
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Matthew Ricard
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release

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“To let go is to release the images and emotions,

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the grudges and fears,

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the clingings and disappointments of the past

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that bind our spirit.”

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– Jack Kornfield

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Feelings!!!!!

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“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized,
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and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves.
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The tangerine I am eating is me.
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The mustard greens I am planting are me.
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I plant with all my heart and mind.
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I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. .
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Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else.
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In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.” .
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Thich Nhat Hanh
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Letting Go of suffering

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People have a hard time
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letting go of their suffering.
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Out of a fear of the unknown,
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they prefer suffering that is familiar.
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Thich Nhat Hanh
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Respond

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“Respond;
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don’t react.
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Listen;
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don’t talk.
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Think;
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don’t assume.”
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Raji Lukkoor
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Opening our Hearts

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If we learn to open our hearts,
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anyone,
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including the people who drive us crazy,
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can be our teacher.”
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Pema Chodron
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