Daily Dose for the Mind

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If you want revenge because your feelings are hurt, all you can see is your own suffering. But if you calm yourself and look more deeply, you will see that the person who hurt you is suffering, too. In the chambers of our heart, we have two tenants living side by side: Adolf Hitler and Mother Teresa. When we are overcome by insecurity and fear we feel the inner workings of Hitler. When we are in touch with love and connection, we hear the gentle voice of Mother Teresa.

We lose interest in movies or TV series in which good characters are always good and bad ones are always bad. This does not match up to reality. No person is always good or bad.

“No person can be found
Who has been, is, or will be
Only criticized
Or only praised.”
—THE DHAMMAPADA*”

Excerpt From: Haemin Sunim. “The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World”.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Kritika says:

    Rightly said.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Sometimes when someone shares what they’re going through, they aren’t asking for you to make it better. For whatever reason, just telling someone makes us feel a little less desolate. It’s human nature to want to share, to have someone who hears us, who understands, who can sympathize with what we’re going through. We want to know that we are not alone. We want someone to acknowledge how badly we are hurting and allow us to be just as we are without needing or expecting us to feel better. We don’t want someone to fix our sadness.

      For the most part, people genuinely want to help. They don’t want to see you suffering. And because they don’t want to see you suffering, they offer advice, clichéd proverbs, pep talks, or distractions. Many are uncomfortable with pain and sadness and haven’t been taught how to respond truly compassionately to other people’s suffering.

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      1. Kritika says:

        Exactly.

        Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Glad you liked the post

      Like

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