We also often add to our pain and suffering by being overly sensitive, over-reacting to minor things, and sometimes taking things too personally.
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama
From "The Pocket Dalai Lama," edited by Mary Craig, 2002. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.
James's comment: This is indeed something that I have to work on and it could not have come at a better time. I have been so furious over the slow response of federal support to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and it's aftermath that I have allowed my overly sensitive side take over. I have a hard time maintaining peace when I see injustice happening. I need to learn to breath more when I get angry and not let it rage and burn out of control. That isn't going to help the victims as much as if I was more calm about it all.
Still, I think it is important to be outraged at certain things but to use that energy for something positive. That is why I am hoping to be able to go down to New Orleans (if they need volunteers) to help folks rebuild their houses/lives.
Thank-you for the reminder my great teacher HH the Dalai Lama.
May the victims of Hurricane Katrina and it's aftermath find some peace and have their suffering reduced.
-Peace to all beings-
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Posted by They call him James Ure at 9:21 AM