“In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.” Buddha
“The world of suffering and freedom has a lot to do with how we choose to respond to what is given to us, to the present moment itself. What is given may not be to our liking. But, even so, through mindfulness practice we can awaken to the creative potential of choice in how we respond. To choose to respond with aversion, anger, fear, or clinging continues the creation of suffering. To respond with more attention, or without reference to our egoistic attachments, interrupts the cycles of suffering. Creative freedom is not possible if choice is rooted in egoism.” Gil Fronsda
I often think back to my younger self and how important it seemed to be “special” – to stand up, to be noticed, to win, to be first and yet not one of those achievements have mattered when diluted with the years, and life, what has happened in the world, and who I am.
The things that have had the biggest impact on me in my life have been those moments of connection. When I have mastered putting “self” aside and done things that were in the best interest of others, that is when my life has been most blessed. I have experienced more joy in playing some small part in the success of others than I have ever gained by simply accomplishing something myself. Continue reading
People talk about the ego and overcoming it, these are quick checkpoints for self-examination.