When you fight, you invite a fight. But when you do not resist, you meet no resistance. When you refuse to play the game, you are out of it. – Nisargadatta Maharaj In part 1, we talked about how thought is automatic, habitual and designed to keep us from being killed; thus, it is often negative in nature as
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool. – Richard Feynman “Did I turn it off? I think I did…But wait, what if I didn’t? The house will catch on fire. Fine, I’ll turn around and go back to check. Shit, now I’m gonna be late again.
This is not a defect, it’s a flavor of the Absolute. – Jay Michaelson As I’m writing this, it is December 2020. We’ve been socially distancing for going on 10 months. It is reported that an American is dying every minute from COVID-19 right now. And it appears as though the next few months could be even bleaker. Having compassion
In Part 1, we discussed how our attempts at controlling our human pain — the unpleasant thoughts, emotions and sensations — don’t work and oftentimes create a whole new set of issues for us. So, let’s jump into two other concepts to understand Pain vs. Suffering. Let’s take social anxiety as an example. The “pain” that I feel with social
What if IT, this thing that you have been struggling with for so long, isn’t a problem to be solved? What if you don’t truly have control over IT anyway? And what if the attempts at control are actually making IT worse? As we have previously covered, human pain is universal. It’s part of the ballgame. When we agreed to
Fear is greedy. Fear will slowly steal real estate from your life if you let it. True fear, or a phobia if we want to call it that, is intense. We think about it while lying in bed at night and it can make us break out in a sweat on a cold, fall morning. Eventually, we start to rearrange