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Spirituality: The Seed of Social Action


On Feb 26, 2008 supun wrote:

I deal with depression alot. Lately I'm taking advice from a therapist that likes the Cognative Behavioral approach (basically it gives people mental tools to be aware of how our thought, actions, behavior affect and feedback into each other, telling us to think critically but not judge mentally about ourselves). one thing I'm learning is that it takes a lot of work to get out of being depressed. It takes a lot of work to just be aware of my own laziness, anger, false-pride, I don't think it's even necessary to say "moral courage". It takes courage in it's natural and general sense. It's so easy to not practice oberving in a reaction-free way. Martial artists speak of a "Mind like water". There's a very favmous interview by Bruce Lee that where he says "Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend". Being ready to be empty can help me be freee) to react which can give me more courage to be more aware and more ready...



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