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Archives for June 2013
“Before we can extend our compassion to others, we first have to extend it to ourselves. How do we do this? We have to look at our own mind and appreciate how our own neurotic expressions – our confused thoughts and disturbing emotions – are actually helping us wake up. Our aggression can help us develop clarity and patience. Our passion can help us let go of attachments and be more generous. Basically, once we see that this mind of confusion is also our mind of awakening, we can appreciate it and have confidence in our ability to work with it. It’s a good mind after all, the mind that will carry us to enlightenment. When we understand this, we can let go of our previous attitude of revulsion toward our emotions.”
– Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in Rebel Buddha, A Guide to a Revolution of Mind
(from Dharma Quote of the Week, Shambhala Publications)
Many of us live for immediate gratification, and find it hard to resist temptation. Often, we fail to think ahead and consider the long-term impact of our choices, but just grab the candy bar or espresso for a much needed mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
But it’s not just about food. It could be sitting at the computer too long, not getting enough sun, or letting stress get out of hand.
Can you relate?
Having a healthy and long life depends, to a large degree, on recognizing how an unhealthy choice in the moment will impact you not only in the next few hours, but in the future as well, and creating a new habit.
Of course, there are no guarantees, but generally speaking to live longer, it’s necessary to:
- Decide you have a choice and will execute it
- Take responsibility for you health
- Recognize your actions have an impact
As a child, I was fascinated by the appearances of Our Lady of Fatima to three children in Portugal. But, at night, I felt afraid. “What if Mary appeared to me? What if God appeared to me?” The thought terrified me. Indeed, I would quake in my bed.
What made me afraid of Mary and God? The “thought” made me afraid.
I concede there’s more to an emotional response than one thought alone. For example, I’m a highly sensitive person who grew up in a less than peaceful environment. As a result, I developed a particular pattern of thinking and emotional response rooted in insecurity and fear. The same is true for you although your patterns may be different from mine, and may even be healthy ones.
It all comes back to mind and how we perceive even as young children.