The wonder of the world, the beauty and the power, the shape of things, their colours, lights, and shades; these I saw. Look ye also while life lasts. – Inscription on 19th century Scottish tombstone Imagine if today were your last day alive. You knew your life was going to end today, but you just didn’t know when. At any
Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind – even if your voice shakes. When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say. Well-aimed slingshots can topple giants. – Maggie Kuhn When it comes to social anxiety, most people enter therapy thinking that they will be “successful” when they no longer feel
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