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    On Jun 7, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

    I like the simple and clear way Dalai Lama talks about the profound idea of happiness. Happiness is a deep sense of satisfaction or contentment. And that is the purpose of life.What makes us happy? Calmness of mind and compassion and affection in heart.When my mind is free from fear, anger and feverishness, I feel calmness and peace in my mind. I do not feel the pull of craving and grasping causing dissatisfaction. When my mind is calm and clear, I feel the presence of empathy and compassion residing in my heart.
    Yesterday I had a call from my friend. Her voice indicated irritability and frustration she was experiencing for quite some time.I listened to her with empathy and compassion. There were moments when her state of mind was creating impatience and irritability in my mind. Since I have been practicing and applying mindfulness for working on myself, it was relatively easy for me to get back to my compassionate frame of mind.
    Be the change you want to see in the world.This wise saying of Mahatma Gandhihas has a great impact on me. When I get upset, perturbed and worried, I relate to my own experience as great opportunity for self work. I relate to my disturbed self and suffering empathetically and compassionately. This mindfulness and self -compassionate training has been very helpful to me to work on myself and help others.
    Jagdish P Dave

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