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April 6, 2012

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?–Winnie the Pooh

Happens all the time. You have a thought, then another and another. Pretty soon you are lost in a train of thought that has little or nothing to do with the first one. Either that or you keep chewing on the same few thoughts over and over. The first is like being on a run away train, the second more like circling a drain.

We can’t stop ourselves from thinking, but if we work at it we can learn avoid rus away trains or circling drains.


April 2, 2012

It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.–Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (Good Omens)

Good and bad are labels, they are judgements. Fudamentally they are both ways of dismissing people. We label them and then we don’t have to think about them anymore. There’s no need to be present when we deal with them, we know exactly how to treat them.


March 30, 2012

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first time or the last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.–Betty Smith

The first time we see something,, we see it rather that seeing the ideas we have about it. After that, we mostly see our past associations with it, our memories about it, our thoughts, our judgements and our beliefs. We only return to anythng like the first seeing if we believe it to be our last time. Perhaps not even the.


March 17, 2012

So here’s the secret for dealing with bad feelings: emotions are ephemeral. They don’t last, that is unless we hang on to them. The problem is that most of us are extremely skilled at at hanging on to the negative ones. –me (Spiritual Heimlich)

It’s almost as though we are possessed by our own minds or rather by our egos. Like slaves we are driven into the past to dwell upon perceived hurts or failures. Either that or we are driven into a future we dread, a future which might never come. Indeed, the future never comes, the past is gone all we ever have is the eternal present. And our ego avoids the present because in the present we are free.


March 14, 2012

Forgiveness is the key to ending your suffering. Always forgive yourself first.–me

Suffering happens when you give, something or someone or even your own ego the power to take you away from the joy of living in the present moment. Forgiveness is the process of taking back that power. The way we give away our power is to create a myth in which that other entity has our power. This myth, besides being untrue, is also not useful. We must never, never, never permit ourselves to have such a myth.


March 3, 2012

Buddha said, “Life involves pain”. That means, at some point, everyone will become a victim of painful circumstances. If they choose to see themselves as victims, then and only then will their pain become suffering.–me

Okay. Not even sure I agree with this one anymore. It seems to me that suffering also occurs when we let our ego take us out of the present moment and into an imagined future where the pain has become intolerable.


March 1, 2012

Reality isn’t the way you wish things to be, nor the way they appear to be, but the way they actually are.–Robert J. Ringer

Unfortunately our access to the way things actually are is somewhat limited. Our senses are imperfect, our attention is imperfect, and our brain interpretes things based upon what it already knows or believes. Of these three limitations, the last is by far the most significant. This means that the way things apper to be is often far different from the way they actually are.