God manifested the universe as we see it through a series of mechanical events and atomic elements. One would assume that it would take quite a long time to create an atomic element.
The paradox of many philosophical systems is their emphasis that one shouldn’t judge when the end of suffering is at the heart of their philosophy. In order to establish that there’s an end to suffering one must judge the difference between suffering and non-suffering.
Enlightenment may begin with our being able to experience just a few moments during which we are completely outside of our fear.
One issue is that it’s easy to misinterpret certain ancestral teachings because they were written in different languages and some of their verbiage and tenets are such that they don’t translate well into English.
Making judgments can be crucial to our health and wellbeing – but it begs the question: at what point does my judgment of things become unhelpful?
Don’t get confused by all the weird things that you see in the meditation and self-help movements. There are many types of spiritual teachers that don’t teach truth. Buyer beware.
Life will always consist of times during which things are in an equilibrium and then periods during which things are out of balance.
Pain is a great teacher. But pain is not my friend. Pain is something that I can use to build my strength. It’s something that will prepare me to build my character and treat my mind, but I don’t love pain and I certainly don’t look forward to it.
In the past, I didn’t have the strength of mind to tell myself things I needed to hear to be relaxed. I needed to alter my chemistry somehow, whether it was through coffee, sugar or something sweet, getting up and doing something dangerous or creative, or working on something.