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Originally posted by MrPenny
It isn't "New Age BS" at all.....Buddha expressed concepts very close to this...
"An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind."
I've used skills very close to this concept for years. I can choose to be hurt by rude, spiteful, angry people. Or I can ponder the hurt and my feelings and decide if it is in my best interests or not......inevitably it isn't and I can leave it go like a feather in the wind.
The trick is having the awareness to recognize and consider negative thoughts and emotions.
My philosophy is that we have two instances of ourselves operating in our mind at any given time. It's actually quite entertaining to be aware of some of the bizarre thinking that goes on between the ears. There is a voice in many of us that says the rudest things to ourselves. Most often as expressions of self-loathing, pity, or doubt. Funny though, we wouldn't stay friends with someone who spoke to us that way.....yet we listen to our world-view and believe it. It becomes easier when you follow another piece of advice from Buddha....
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
One of the keys is being awake and alert.....mindful of the breeze on your skin, the murmuring of the laptops fan as it works behind me.
Be alert!!!! The world needs more lerts!!!
Originally posted by Amaterasu
I have my reactionary self, and one who stands aside and evaluates my thoughts.
If we do not visit the past, how can we learn? If we do not look to the future, how can we hope?