“I am never upset for the reason I think.” – A course in miraclesApply this statement today to every upset large and small and examine your mind a little deeper for whatever is distressing you. You’ll find that you are usually reacting on the surface to a separate underlying disturbance of your peace of mind that has no real connection to the annoying trigger.
“Other people’s comments and opinions only hurt when they resonate with our own self-doubt. It’s not what they actually say that hurts, it’s the pain of knowing that you haven’t overcome this same opinion inside yourself yet.” – Albert Pellissier
When the Dalai Lama was a boy in Tibet he used to try to catch mice, not because he wished to kill them, but because he wanted to outsmart them. He says, however, that the mice in Tibet must have been more clever than ordinary mice because he never succeeded in catching one. Instead they became his models of enlightened conduct. He felt that, unlike most of us, they had figured out that the best thing they could do for themselves was to refrain from the short-term pleasure of cheese in order to have the long-term pleasure of living. He encouraged us to follow their example. What cheesy temptations are you nibbling on right before the snap of the trap comes down and suffering begins? – Adapted from the Philosophers Notes of Pema Chodron’s “The Places That Scare You”
“The pain that’s created by avoiding hard work is actually much worse than any pain created from the actual work itself. Because if you don’t begin to work on those ideas that God has blessed you with, they will become stagnant inside of you and eventually begin to eat away at you. You might seem OK on the outside, but inside you will be ill from not getting those ideas out of your heart and into the world. Stalling leads to sickness. But taking steps, even baby steps, always leads to success.” – Russell Simmons
“Beasts avoid the dangers which they see, and when they have escaped them are free from care; but we men torment ourselves over that which is to come as well as over that which is past. Many of our blessings bring bane to us; for memory recalls the tortures of fear, while foresight anticipates them. The present alone can make no man wretched.” from “Letters from a Stoic” by Seneca A.D. 47