Thursday, August 26, 2010

Karma Cabin

- The key instruction is to stay in the present. What you do right now is what matters.

- Let go of as much as you can before you sit to meditate.

- Repressing anger is not healthy. The best antidote to anger is lovingkindness, to yourself and whoever "made" you angry. Lovingkindness develops from realizing that only someone who is unhappy will hurt someone else. Therefore, the person who hurt us cannot be happy and we should try to feel compassion rather than anger toward them.

- If you cannot find suitable friends, better to be alone.

- Use an image of a lake, and all the ways it changes, in your meditation. See the times of stillness. See the times when it reflects. See the times of turbulence, even though it is calm beneath the surface. Use this image in daily life to carry you in difficult times.

- Once the profound nature of karma is properly understood, a path that can lead to a happier life may be discovered.

- We should never accuse, criticize, or try to seek out and exaggerate the faults of others.

- Use your coffee breaks to meditate instead of drinking caffeine.

- Be happy with what you have while working for what you want.

- Be like water, flowing - never fighting. Flexible yet persistent. Gently falling and soothing like a lullaby.

- Say to yourself: I love myself just as I am.

- The peace you discover in an unclouded mind and heart is manifested in your speech and also in the growing peace and confidence in your relationships with others.

- Non-attachment is the best frame of mind.

- Koan: Gaze at the stars but walk on the earth.


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