"We have negative mental habits that come up over and over again. One of the
most significant negative habits we should be aware of is that of constantly
allowing our mind to run off into the future. Perhaps we got this from our
parents. Carried away by our worries, we're unable to live fully and happily in
the present. Deep down, we believe we can't really be happy just yet-that we
still have a few more boxes to be checked off before we can really enjoy life.
We speculate, dream, strategize, and plan for these "conditions of happiness" we
want to have in the future; and we continually chase after that future, even
while we sleep. We may have fears about the future because we don't know how
it's going to turn out, and these worries and anxieties keep us from enjoying
being here now."
"The problem is whether we are determined to go in the direction of compassion
or not. If we are, then can we reduce the suffering to a minimum? If I lose my
direction, I have to look for the North Star, and I go to the north. That does
not mean I expect to arrive at the North Star. I just want to go in that
"Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving
around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck
in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking
"Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your
body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as
the means to take hold of your mind again."
"There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people.
It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations.
It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that
"To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace
to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can
control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue
will naturally come to him."
"You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving
of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be
found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve
your love and affection."
"A summer breeze can be very refreshing; but if we try to put it in a tin can so
we can have it entirely to ourselves, the breeze will die. Our beloved is the
same. He is like a breeze, a cloud, a flower. If you imprison him in a tin can,
he will die. Yet many people do just that. They rob their loved one of his
liberty, until he can no longer be himself. They live to satisfy themselves and
use their loved one to help them fulfill that. That is not loving; it is
"If we are not happy, if we are not peaceful, we cannot share peace and
happiness with others, even those we love, those who live under the same roof.
If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and
everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our
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