Tag Archives: Wisdom

Happiness

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“Seeking happiness outside ourselves is like waiting for sunshine in a cave facing north.”

Tibetan proverb

Find the Socrates in you

The other day I felt pretty desperate when finding myself in front of the following in a shop – in October:

XmasTreeClick on the picture to listen to Rudolph…

I felt like taking a “before” picture, undo their entire tree and take an “after” picture. Needless to say that I reasoned myself before attacking the poor tree. However I’ve been brooding ever since (and before, I admit) about how silly our consumption society is today.

When you feel that it is crazy to bump into Christmas tree in summer and that shops display Easter Bunnies in November and that someone wants to sell you a bikini in January, deal with it in a positive way and find the Socrates in you:

“Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.”

Jack Kornfield

 

Inside battle

DreamcatcherOne evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between 2 “wolves” inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”