No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Praise all who speak the truth,
And say, “Your words are excellent.”
And when you notice others acting well,
Encourage them in terms of warm approval.
Extol them even in their absence;
When they’re praised by others, do the same.
But when the qualities they praise are yours,
Appreciate their skill in knowing qualities.
The goal of every act is happiness itself,
Though, even with great wealth, it’s rarely found.
So take your pleasure in the qualities of others.
Let them be a heartfelt joy to you.
- Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Do not feed the monsters
Let’s pretend that monsters cause our distress, occupying the mind and wreaking havoc on our emotions. What can we do to stop them?
Happily, it turns out that our monsters need us to feed them in order to survive. If we do not feed them, they will get hungry, and maybe they will go away. Therein lies the source of our power – we cannot stop monsters from arising or force them to leave, but we have the power to stop feeding them.
Take anger, for example. If you are really angry at somebody and then examine that anger with mindfulness, you may find that the anger is not constant from moment to moment; it is constantly waxing or waning subtly. You may also find your mind constantly feeding the anger by retelling one or more stories to yourself over and over. If you then stop telling the stories, you may find the anger dissipating for the lack of fuel. Anger Monster needs to feed on your angry stories. With no stories to eat, Anger Monster gets hungry and sometimes goes away. By not feeding the Anger Monster, you save mental energy. Not feeding monster is very good economics.
- Chade-Meng Tan, Google Engineer, Author of Search Inside Yourself
Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.
Furthermore, through all these method practices,
Together with a mind undefiled by stains of conceptions of extremes
And that I see life as illusory
May I be released from the bondage of mistaken appearance and conception.
- Verse eight, Eight steps to happiness
Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.
In short, may I directly and indirectly
Offer help and happiness to all beings,
And secretly take upon myself
All their harm and suffering.
- Verse seven, Eight steps to happiness
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
When others out of jealousy
Harm me or insult me,
May I take defeat upon myself
And offer them the victory.
- Verse 6, Eight steps to happiness
A leader is a dealer in hope.
Even if someone I have helped
And of whom I had great hopes
Nevertheless harms me without any reason,
May I see as my Spiritual Guide
- Verse 5 of Eight Steps to Happiness
The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
Whenever I see unfortunate beings
Oppressed by evil and violent suffering,
May I cherish them as if I had found
A rare and precious treasure.
- Verse four of Eight Steps to Happiness
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Examining my mental continuum throughout all my actions,
As soon as a delusion develops
Whereby I or others would act inappropriately,
May I firmly face it and avert it.
- Verse three from the Eight Steps to Happiness
Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
Whenever I associate with others,
May I view myself as the lowest of all;
And with a perfect intention,
May I cherish others as supreme.
- Verse Two of the Eight Steps to Happiness
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