I would not exchange the laughter in my heart for the fortunes of the multitudes.
When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself.
Can you look without the voice in your head commenting, drawing conclusions, comparing, or trying to figure something out?
Starting with the most boring, they were:
- The #1 most boring way of behaving was what the researchers called “negative egocentrism” – “being negative and complaining, talking about one’s problems, displaying disinterest in others”
- Banality – “talking about trivial or superficial things, being interested in only one topic, and repeating the same stories and jokes again and again”
- Low affectivity – showing little enthusiasm, speaking in a monotone, engaging in very little eye contact, behaving in a very unexpressive way
- Tedious – “talking slowly, pausing a long time before responding, taking a long time to make one’s points, and dragging conversations on”
- Passivity – having little to say, not having any opinions, being too predictable or too likely to try to conform with what everyone else is saying
- Self-preoccupation – this one is obvious: talking all about yourself
- Seriousness – coming across as very serious, rarely smiling
- Boring ingratiation – “trying to be funny or nice in order to impress other people”
- Distraction – doing things that interfere with the conversation, getting sidetracked too easily, and engaging in too much small talk
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This is a subtle truth: whatever you love, you are.
But our suffering comes from our own ignorance and lack of understanding, not from other people. When we understand this, we can open our arms to embrace all people, all species, and we have no enemies.
I value the life of a cow - which can last 20 years - more than the taste of a meal, which will only last 20 minutes.
Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
William Shakespeare, The Tempest (via feellng)
In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.
“Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.” ~Unknown