The aim of dialogue is not for everyone to finish up and leave the room with the same opinion. Far more important is our shared state of mind. When everyone suspends their assumptions and opinions, we share a common consciousness.
What led me to abandon the notion of original sin was becoming a dad—and listening to Bubba Free John.
Even spiritual teachers with genuine insight can harm you. Keep your crap detector handy.
What helps me: asking better questions, returning to the present moment, and remembering the Serenity Prayer.
Something about shoveling snow makes me remember the great contemplative and writer (a peom).
Surprisingly, it’s often possible to reduce a 50,000- or 100,000-word book to a single page or paragraph of pure power. That’s enough to capture the essence that matters to you.
“When you experience a little space between your thoughts and the consciousness which is the background for thought, thoughts begin to lose their power over you. With dis-identification comes choice…. this kind of choice is synonymous with true freedom.”
Useful options include systems, habits, and goals. You start by being fulfilled *before* you do any of them.
If we link happiness to getting what we want, we assume that 1) we can know what we want 2) we can get what we want and 3) getting what we want will make us happy.
The wonderful things in my life emerged simply from discovering something that delighted me and following where it led.