Stop judging your life

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“Stop judging your life by saying that you should feel or be a particular way, or have special or better experiences. We think thoughts that make us unhappy with our situation, and we crave a different reality than the one we are in. It is this craving that is the cause of our unhappiness. With whatever arises, whether it’s pleasing or not, all we can do is experience and work with whatever our life is right now. No matter what life is and no matter how we feel about it, all that matters in practice is honestly acknowledging what is going on, and staying present to the physical experience of that moment. In that moment, respond as the situation requires but do not become embroiled in endless judgments about what should or shouldn’t be. Stop rejecting and judging your life. Peace is not found in regret about the past or daydreaming about a different future. The present moment is the eternal moment where peace is found. But in order to be present to the moment, you much accept it first.”

– Jim Palmer, Notes from (Over) the Edge: Unmasking the Truth to End Your Suffering

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  1. Jason B. Ladd says:

    I think you’re right that we can’t become content by thinking happy thoughts. I also agree that we tend to crave a different reality; we are restless for something. In the third sentence of Confessions, Augustine writes: “Thou awakest us to delight in Thy praise; For Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it repose in Thee.” Religiosity can indeed make for brackish bathwater; but this Christmas season, I hope others can see the reasons for keeping the baby!

  2. JustJohn says:

    very buddist ish. like.
    possible type-o… “out” should be “our” ??

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