Joseph Goldstein 492 words, 21K views, 11 comments
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On Jun 15, 2018rahul wrote :
I have discovered many unkind and even cruel thoughts arising in me in relation to a person in my life who actively seeks to provoke me many times a week. When I step out of the self-righteousness behind these unkind thoughts, I find myself having some sympathy for the worst people out there (think dictators & tyrants), who take things a step further and act upon their negative emotions. Moreover, I notice how much of these unwholesome thoughts are followed by a depletion of my energy and a derailing of my focus-- both of which beome the primary motivation to not indulge in these sorts of negative states. As much as we seek to punish those whom we perceive are doing wrong and misbehaving, a close examination of ourselves reveals that what is true for us must be doubly true for them: the negative state they are in is both its own punishment and the seed of future suffering for themselves and others. The greatest gift we can give is to cultivate the inner capacity to not be a conduit for spewing negative emotions.
On Jun 19, 2018Mish wrote :
I will print this out and read it each time I am triggered by "Mr. T". Thank you, Rahul.