“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” This popular saying about courage and strength is very true. From a dharma perspective it means to take whatever comes our way into the path. When times are easy, we do not let our guard down. We remain vigilant on the lookout for harmful emotions to turn into positive beneficial ones. When times are challenging, we meet the challenges with dharma. Becoming overwhelmed by difficulties is not helpful. It is no helpful to ourself, and not helpful for others. We remain steadfast and courageous with gratitude to be alive and to be able to take the next breath. Adopting a wide perspective recognizing that obstacles are clearing out negative karma from the past, we actually feel some relief. So we rejoice and feel grateful for purifying some of our negativity.
We are down to the last pair of the 8 worldly activities, pleasure and pain. While it is not bad to enjoy pleasure, getting too attached and being “led by the nose” disrupts our life. […]
Now that we have begun the process of forgiving, of course it won’t work right away. We need to be persistent, and very importantly not beat ourselves up when we are blocked and unable to […]
Healthy self-confidence is essential for compassion. It covers both sides of the equation. Humility leads to concern and compassion for others. Self-confidence leads to taking care of ourself through self-compassion. Moving towards this attitude of […]