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Similarly, those humans who enjoy a good life, as well as those who dislike us, and even those we do not know, should be objects of our compassion. In reality everyone without exception has to experience the sufferings of attachment, anger, jealousy and ignorance. No ordinary being, whether animal or human, rich or poor, has permanent liberation from suffering. They all have to experience the cycle of uncontrolled death and rebirth in life after life, and so they are all suitable object of our compassion.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully” (via dancingdakini)
The mind exists in a state of “not enough” and so is always greedy for more.
When you are identified with mind, you get bored and restless very easily.
Boredom means the mind is hungry for more stimulus,
more food for thought, and its hunger is not being satisfied.
If you can stay bored and restless and
observe what it feels like to be bored and restless,
you bring awareness to the feeling and
there is suddenly some space and stillness around it.
A little at first, but as the sense of inner space grows,
the feeling of boredom will begin to diminish in intensity and significance.
So even boredom can teach you who you are and who you are not.
You discover that a “bored person” is not who you are.
Boredom is simply a conditioned energy movement within you.
Neither are you an angry, sad, or fearful person.
Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not “yours”, not personal.
They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go.
Nothing that comes and goes is you.
“I am bored.” Who knows this? “I am angry, sad, afraid.” Who knows this?
You are the knowing, not the condition that is known.
Eckhart Tolle (via oceanandwave)

Thought train

We can think about sitting on the train, watching the scenery (thoughts, feelings, sensations) go by as we look out of the windows, or we can be standing on the station platform watching the thought train pass by – we don’t have to jump on i

No one is always gorgeous. No one is always sexy. But love is a DECISION. Waiting to see whether someone is good enough is childish, and it is BOUND to make the other person feel on some level as though they’re auditioning for the part. In that space, we feel nervous, and when we’re nervous, we’re not at our best. The ego is looking for someone attractive enough to support. The mature and miracle-minded among us support people in BEING attractive. Part of working on ourselves, in order to be ready for a profound relationship, is learning how to SUPPORT another person in being the best that they can be. Partners are meant to have a priestly role in each other’s lives. They are meant to help each other access the highest parts within themselves.
    
I’ve been with men who never seemed to think I was good enough. I’ve also been with men who were smart enough to say, “You look beautiful tonight” often enough for it to bolster my self-esteem and help me show up for life in a more beautiful way. None of us are really objectively attractive or unattractive. There is no such thing. There are people who MANIFEST the potential for sparkle that we all share, and those who don’t. Those who do are usually people who some where along the line, either from parents or lovers, were told verbally or nonverbally, “You’re wonderful and beautiful.” Love is to people what water is to plants.
Marianne Williamson (via mindofataurus)
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