posted on Dec, 18 2008 @ 03:55 PM
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
Hey, I LIKE that quote! Very, very true!
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
Glad to hear you are yet another who grasps this simple (though it sure seems hard for some...) perspective of choice.
The trick is having the awareness to recognize and consider negative thoughts and emotions.
But once mastered, it is SOOOO valuable, eh?
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....
I grasp the "two instances of ourselves operating in our mind at any given time," in that I have my reactionary self, and one who stands aside and
evaluates my thoughts. But I have never had a voice in my head, thinking in images and feelings, and so neither of my selves speak to me per se. And
they are usually showing me love and encouragement...
But I don't doubt others have experiences much as you describe.
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
If we do not visit the past, how can we learn? If we do not look to the future, how can we hope? Surely, both these, in moderation and rationality,
can do us good. As long as we do not bind the now to either, and spend most of our time here (now), the past and future have their uses.
My perspective, at any rate. [smile]
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!!!
Another of my favorite quotes: Be a lert... [grin]
Thank you for your input!