The Prison of Preference

Imagine holding your preferences lightly, affording yourself the ability to see with equanimity. If this notion makes you feel like you’d just disappear, fear not. You won’t cease to exist without your preferences, you’ll just be more closely aligned...

Empathy

The concept of empathy is an interesting puzzle. The dictionary definition states that empathy is the ability to understand and share¬†others’ feelings. Comprehending others’ suffering increases intimacy and creates a kinder world. However, the benefit of...

Pain Without Suffering

Pain and suffering are related, but quite different from one another. Both physical and emotional pain result from a wound, affliction or illness. Suffering is a signal that the mind and ego have become involved. We don’t always have control over what causes...

Master Your Mood

Do you ever start thinking about someone’s behavior and get so aggravated that you lose focus on what you’re doing? Stirring up negativity in this way robs you of energy¬†and keeps you agitated. Since you can’t ever really know where their behavior is...

Your Suffering Helps No One

At any given moment, you can find tremendous suffering in the world. In fact, it dominates the air waves because tragic news sells. Being informed about what’s happening is fine, but ingesting a constant stream of almost exclusively negative news gives you a...

The Gift of Pain

Most problems begin with our thinking. Our reactions and feelings aren’t nearly as much about what happens as they are about the way we frame it. When we’re mentally stewing in negative emotion, the tension it creates gets stuck in our bodies and...