Let them inspire you

The mind has been trained to like and dislike, desire and push away, so you think that is the only way to live.

Educated to be skeptical, you may doubt that great teachers and spiritual friends have demonstrated a different way of being.

But even in the West, there have been great thinkers, great artists, poets, and composers, political leaders and deeply spiritual people who have demonstrated a different way of being, who have moved beyond the limitations set by their culture and background.

Let them inspire you.

You yourself can manifest a different kind of knowing, like they did and become a model for others. Gesture of Great Love 

The quicksand of failure

Without appreciation and gratitude, it is easy to fall into small, petty ways of thinking—a poverty of mind worse than any material poverty.

Wherever you look, you see only shortages: not enough time, not enough patience, not enough money.

If this goes far enough, you feel defeated by the sense that we can never accomplish anything of value.

The quicksand of failure forms beneath your feet and you sink into it. 

TNMC Annals

Refuse to appreciate possibilities

Destructive attitudes refuse to allow this positive nurturing to take place, refuse to acknowledge improvements, refuse to appreciate possibilities.

These kinds of attitudes are characterized by three qualities.: They are self-centered; they are short-range; they are non-generous, small minded …The focus is self/short/small.

TNMC Annals

Look on the positive side

Once the breath and the body are relaxed and a sense of stability develops, you can turn to the attitudes shaping the mind.

In a sense, it is easy enough to see what needs to be done.

Look on the positive side; reject the invitation to get caught in negativities and emotionalities.

When the mind turns negative, do not let it dictate to you or become part of you.

Instead, cultivate a pure, clear, and clean way of looking.

Does that sound difficult?

You can do it. 

Creative Journey

If we had less

We could get more out of our work and life if we had less.

This does not mean that we should giveaway and try to live on nothing, or that we should feel guilty about enjoying what we have.

It means that there is a beauty to living and working with precision and efficiency, to taking only what we need.

This brings inner balance to living and a sense of peaceful attunement with everything around us.

But this immediate connection to values, this clarity about what we really need, can be obscured when we have too much. 

Skillful Means 

Break the cycle of tensions

 When we remain quiet, mindful of breath in every moment, we can open a space between us and our thoughts.

We might think of ourselves as observers of an interesting drama, able to see the colors and textures of our thoughts as they unfold, without feeling any obligation to respond.

Relaxing our tendency to react to every thought and sensation helps to break the cycle of tensions.

If we develop a more spacious, less pressured way of relating to our feelings and thoughts, we can restore our balance more quickly after any disturbance. 

Knowledge of Freedom 

Some parting advice

Here is some parting advice: No matter what, don’t be a traitor to yourself. 

Do not trade your happiness away; do not sell yourself out in exchange for anxiety, resentment, addiction, and loneliness.

Promise yourself now: From here on out, to the best of my ability, I will take care of myself, body and mind, emotions, and perceptions. From here on out, I will make the most of my journey.

Caring

The riches in our hearts

The riches we can discover in our own hearts are a precious resource for all humanity.

They don’t just belong to us—they come alive when we share them.

That is why it matters so much to cultivate love, joy, and compassion.

We do it not just for ourselves, but for everyone.  

Dimensions of Mind