On dealing with blindness to our faults

We are blind to our own faults. Understand and be absolutely clear that we can unearth a lot of these faults by scraping a few layers of pretense. Even when we are aware of our faults, we are still very stubborn in denying these vices - When a physician tells…

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On dealing with difficult people - Marcus Aurelius

We consider people to be difficult if we believe that they have done us wrong with respect to our expectations. When you are confronted by a difficult person, ask yourself what is my relation to this person and mankind. Say to yourself that you are made for one another. It…

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On dealing with unavoidable suffering

Note that Suffering should be avoided or mitigated wherever possible. Seeking suffering, for whatever reason, is masochistic and should be avoided. These notes below are about coping strategies for unavoidable suffering. There are two types of suffering Emotional suffering Physical and emotional suffering Some examples of unavoidable suffering- A prisoner…

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On seeking approval of others

Do not seek approval of others. Focus on attaining your own approval. Why? Because judgement of others, praise or criticism , is based on outward appearances. If we wanted to we could mask out dishonesty, cowardice and greed. Or on the other hand they might fail to see our kindness, honesty…

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On dealing with fear

Fear is only possible when there is attachment or desire. Without Attachment it is just an abstract term. Practice every day to reduce attachment. Some examples of attachment - Attachment to your romantic partner, results in fear of adultery or rejection. Attachment to one's occupation or livelihood, result in sleepless…

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