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- An Individual Uses Words for Expression. A Civilization Expresses Itself in Architecture.
- My Garden in Spring
- Bodhi Touch
- The Importance of Friendship, Harmony and Right Speech, Part 1 of 2
- Uncovering Realities: An Interview with Yuval Noah Harari
- Such As It Is
- The First Year: Reflections of a Getting-Older-Every-Day Student
- Yatra Monks
- Inner Purification Leads to Outer Alignment
- The Life of a Nun in Myanmar
Mind Metamorphosis - Day 7
I reflected on all the positive benefits that I had drawn with only a week of employing the Vipassana technique and how seismically my mindset and behavioral orientation was tilting in a new and positive direction. I then started to think about what it would be like when I returned to my life as a consultant, with clients and colleagues, and with my friends and family who had all known and experienced me previously in a certain way.
A case in point—I had come to a fairly informed conclusion that I would find it easy to give up alcohol because I had discovered that my preexisting logical basis to consume it to relax the mind was flawed at its core, if I was also to believe that continuous happiness can only be achieved through a highly vigilant and equanimous mind, which runs counter to consuming substances that can overpower or numb the senses. I reckoned most of my family wouldn’t mind my resolve to abstain from drinking, but certain friends, colleagues and clients might find it more than a bit odd and potentially off-putting or anti-social in its appeal.
In Service to Circumstance
The Buddha's inheritance
is enlightenment's imminence
in a lineage of eminence
and unequaled benevolence.
The path that he represents
is walked in full confidence
by disciples of excellence
beyond all comparisons.