|Something to think about.
||[Oct. 4th, 2006|09:00 am]
Taking refuge of buddha, dhamma, sangha and lj :-P
We also often add to our pain and suffering by being overly sensitive, over-reacting to minor things, and sometimes taking things too personally.|
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama
A lot of folks read quotes like this and take it as something that says, "It's all your fault!!!" While that is, in a way, what it says...it's certainly not the spirit of the quote. The spirit is that we ALL do this, we're ALL human, and it's not meant to point out a fault or a mistake. How can something we all share be a "fault"? We all have skin, so is that a fault too? No. The point of quotes like this is only to help you recognize the control you have in your life, to show you a path to more happiness, and help you find understanding of how the world actually is. It's said to lead you toward enlightenment, not upset you or send you into more sorrow. Part of Buddhism, at least from what I see in my few years of studying, is developing a bit of a thick skin. Learning to let go, let it slide off, keep it from getting to you. It's hard, it takes practice, and it takes time. Don't expect it to happen today, but if you start now, it will come all that much sooner.