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Don't Be Swayed by External Circumstances

June 16, 2010

Although your external circumstances may vary, your practice of exchanging yourself for others should not be dependent on that. Whether you are sick or well, rich or poor, have a good reputation or bad reputation, you should practice mind training. It is very simple: if your situation is right, breathe that out to the world; if your situation is wrong, breathe that in, taking it on yourself.

From Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving Kindness, Slogan 50, page 107 in the Shambhala Classic Edition.

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1 Response to Don't Be Swayed by External Circumstances

  • Thea Westra says:

    A great truth, thank you for posting that slogan, Carolyn.

    "A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. And as he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts. He ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of discovering the hidden powers and possibilities within himself."
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    Thea Westra

    Posted on June 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm