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We are freed and imprisoned by our thoughts

Is there an inherent emptiness in your life which simply will not go away? You can keep it from awareness for a time. You can distract yourself but it always comes back.

Do you feel that you are spending your whole life just barely getting by? You may look OK from the outside. Are you hiding it? Do you yearn to touch life more fully?

You pursue a good job. You fall in love. You win the game. You say to yourself, “OK, now I’ve made it; now I will be happy”. But that quickly fades and is replaced by a vague awareness that something is wrong.

Another realm of depth and sensitivity is available in life. You are just not seeing it. You feel cut off.

What is wrong with you?. You’re tense, you lack of compassion for others, your feelings are being blocked. We built a whole culture around hiding from it, We distract ourselves from it with goals, projects and status. “Better, more.” The same theme is then repeated: jealousy, suffering, discontent and stress.

You can learn to control your mind, to step outside of this endless cycle of desire and aversion. You can learn to not want what you want, to recognize desires but not be controlled by them.

The overdeveloped the material aspect of existence can fade and be replaced by a deeper emotional and spiritual aspect. The place to start is within ourselves.
It can occur in a single instant.



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