The Art of Self-Love

Updated Feb 25, 2016 (Originally published Nov 28, 2012) When you love yourself, you love the world. When you love the world, you change the world. A riddle for you. What’s one thing that allows happiness to blossom, makes health flourish, and can make you cry like a puppy lost in the snow? You guessed it. Love! Okay, but enough about non-specifics.

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Remedies for Coping in Tragedy

Of the many uncertainties that tragedy leaves us with, I know one thing is true: we must be warriors in our daily lives. In the wake of Boston bombings, just a few short months post-Newtown, we feel vulnerable, confused, angry and raw. Why is this happening? What’s wrong with this overcrowded, stressed, and unpredictable world? Many people say this is a world they do not want to live in, and this is a tragedy too.

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Forgiveness Action Plan

Weigh out the cost of happiness and freedom versus anger, blame, and misery. What is your life – your very short and precious time in this body – worth to you? Will you remain comfortable with this reality that you have always known, even if you know you aren’t as happy as you could be? Or will you take the reins to your life back and steer yourself toward a joyful, peaceful, vibrant reality?

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Finding Forgiveness, Part II

Please visit the last post “Finding Forgiveness” for Part I of this journey. How the forgiveness journey begins: In week #1 (this week), Lama Marut asks us to look our pain square in the face. This might sound easy, but it does require the wisdom to know why it is essential in order to fuel our courage to take action. First, we must admit that we are actually in pain. Many spiritual practitioners are in denial of their pain, which retards their progress and prolongs their suffering.

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Finding Forgiveness

We can’t exactly get beyond our suffering until we examine it and understand it. And we can only be truly happy after we get beyond our suffering. Not taking the steps to free ourselves from our personal afflictions is like starving ourselves from love, from the nectar of life itself. We delude ourselves in believing that we are winning when we hold a grudge, or that being unhappy is somehow a sign of sophistication and success. These are prevalent and unhealthy delusions in our society!

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