When you’re hot, you are hot. When you’re not, you’re not. And that’s o.k. In fact, that is samsaric life. Recognizing the state of our mind on a regular basis is the foundation for dharma practice. Without complacency, yet with alertness and a willingness to adjust, we observe our inner life of emotions, attitudes, and thoughts. When we encounter harmful or negative attitudes, we muster the courage to change. Learning the antidotes to anger, jealousy, and pride is essential. See my previous posts for more details on the antidotes. Having the courage to recognize our negativities and not stand by idly is the practice of a Bodhisattva.
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Patience is golden. It gives us pause rather than kneejerk reaction. It allows us to take a deep breath, and consider the consequences of getting angry — making us unhappy, bringing future problems, not to […]