don’t blame the circumstances
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them make them. - George Bernard Shaw
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Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. - Bertrand Russell
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the mystery of life
The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced. - Art Van Der Leeuw
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change your perspective and start all over again
Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. - Henry Ford
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watch the world
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. - Roald Dahl
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close to truth
Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth. - Pema Chodron
The famous Buddha Head at Wat Mahathat Temple, Thailand (by M. Buijs).
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Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space. - Eckhart Tolle
the inner nature of humankind
Peace is the inner nature of humankind. If you find it within yourself, you will then find it everywhere. - Sri Ramana Maharshi
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when life throws you lemons…
Five Ways to Deal Effectively with Adversity by Angie Miller
One thing we can always count on is that life is unpredictable. Our circumstances often change unexpectedly, and our coping skills are put to the test. Resilience, the ability to recover from adversity, trauma, or hardship, is a trait that gives us the ability to “bounce back.” For many of us, being resilient doesn’t come naturally. We resist change and situations that have potential to disrupt our lives. But reality is that we all face adversity. Divorce, job loss, moving, illness, and other hardships require strong coping skills and effective strategies to move forward in a positive direction. Whether you’re naturally resilient or you strive for predictability, the following five strategies were designed to help you cope effectively with life’s challenges.
1. Establish or maintain a healthy support system. Having a supportive community that includes family and friends is pivotal, especially when times are uncertain. Maintaining connections with people you trust gives you a safe place to be heard and express your fears and concerns. Their willingness to help will foster the sense of security you need to get through difficult times.
2. Allow opportunity for growth. No matter how difficult or tragic a situation, time has the power to heal. With time we gain clarity and perspective and soon discover that even the most devastating situations lead to self discovery. Hardships help us grow in unexpected ways, and through them we’re able to appreciate what is good and true in our lives.
3. Accept change as a natural part of life. Despite our best intentions and best laid plans, life is unpredictable. The more we accept this the healthier our attitude and ability to adjust. Ultimately, the more capable we are of growing and evolving to meet life’s demands.
4. Respond with action. As tempting as it is to crawl under the covers when adversity strikes, taking action and facing the situation will empower you. Once you take that first step, every step gets a little easier. Pretending that problems will go away or detaching yourself emotionally will only prolong the inevitable… at some point you will have to deal with the situation.
5. Nurture your mind, body, and spirit through exercise. Exercise acts as a natural drug and increases serotonin levels in much the same way that Prozac does. Increased serotonin levels elevate your mood and give you a natural mental boost. Exercise reduces anxiety, stabilizes your emotions, and helps free you from disabling thoughts. There is no better time to exercise then when stress is at its peak and emotions are heightened.
In the end, remember that we’re all affected by challenges of varying degrees throughout our lives. What matters is that we have the tools to cope effectively. Practice these strategies and you’ll be able to turn adversity into an opportunity for growth and self discovery.
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the greatest blessing
A mind unruffled by the vagaries of fortune, from sorrow freed, from defilements cleansed, from fear liberated - this is the greatest blessing. - Gautama Buddha
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