Not taking ourselves too seriously makes life easier. Both quantum physics and Buddhist philosophy come to the conclusion that appearances are false. Things appear objective and independent. This is mistaken. Our ego appears independent. That is mistaken. When we reduce our grasping to our ego, we are more relaxed, and reduce our attachment, and anger. We lessen our attachment to praise, reputation, gain, and pleasure. We lessen our aversion to blame, anonymity, loss, and pain. Life becomes easier. We become more loving.
Just observing and not reacting
Having worked on just observing, and not reacting, prepares us for the next step. When we are out of balance with fear, anxiety, anger, jealousy, or excessive desire, we cling tight. We hold on for […]
Fame and disrespect
Fame and disrespect is the second pair of the 8 worldly concerns. The 8 worldly concerns are the ways we ordinarily live our lives. Our default position is to be caught up with these. We […]
We miss out being present
Too often we get swept away into the future, or dragged back into the past. We miss out being present. It is in the present that we find balance, that we find our center. In […]