"We encounter the grinding wheels that sharpen our mental blades many places in life.
Adversity, school, parents, spiritual guides, books,
experiences are all sharpening teachers. As we grow older,
to stay sharp we must find new grindstones to whet and sharpen our potential and keep us at our brightest,
most penetrating best."
"Relaxation frees the heart.
Courage opens the heart.
Compassion fills the heart
How do we stay motivated and carry on with our lives with enthusiasm in the face of life's disappointments. As humans, we encounter many disappointments in our daily lives. We sometimes forget that we cannot always get what we want. The ability to walk away from our disappointments is a trait that we must cultivate. Walking away from our hurts is like having compassion for ourselves.
On the other hand, when our neighbor hurts us, it is difficult to forgive and forget the hurt. When we dwell on the incident that caused the hurt, we replay the scene in our mind's eye repeatedly until we own the hurt, which then cripples us and prevents us from enjoying our sleep and hurting our health.
A new study from the University of Wisconsin that appeared in the Scientific America found that people who meditate develop the ability to show compassion for others. However, if you can show compassion for other people, you should be able to show compassion for yourself. As charity begins at home, you cannot forgive someone without you forgiving yourself. Hence, the art of meditation should be your daily practice as it will help your dealings with the outside world and can also help you forgive yourself and move away from any hurts that may prevent you from being happy. As James Allen said, "you cannot travel within and stand still without."
"The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith."
Bertrand Russell quotes (English Logician and Philosopher 1872-1970)