Fear is the single most self-defeating emotion in our lives.
Happiness is a state of mind, not a set of circumstances.
Praise and blame are all the same is a fancy way of reminding yourself of the old cliché that you’ll never be able to please all the people all the time. Even in a landslide election victory in which a candidate secures 55 percent of the vote, he or she is left with 45 percent of the population that wishes someone else were the winner. Pretty humbling, isn’t it?
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
As Mother Teresa reminds us, “We cannot do great things on this earth. We can only do small things with great love.
Being listened to and heard is one of the greatest desires of the human heart. And those who learn to listen are the most loved and respected.
Irrespective of what happened yesterday or last year, and what may or may not happen tomorrow, the present moment is where you are-always!
Each of us places varying degrees of significance on what’s really relevant and important, and we can almost always find fault with the way someone else is thinking or behaving. We can usually validate our own versions of reality by focusing on examples that, we believe, prove us to be right. In short, the way we see life will always seem justified, logical, and correct-to ourselves. The problem is, everyone else has the same assumption.
True happiness comes not when we get rid of all out problems, but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.
slowing down your responses and becoming a better listeners aids you in becoming a more peaceful person