It is the intimate realisation of mind, awakening to its original nature and understanding how it works.
When our mind applies the mechanics of physical survival to the ego, mental fabrications refuse to die.
Reversion is the movement of dao.
“On that afternoon I finally learned that when any of us is in pain, the greatest gift you can give is to listen, patiently and purely.”
Social media gives us an unprecedented ability to craft and present a happy front. This shifts the business of bliss away from how happy we feel, to the perhaps more culturally urgent matter of how happy we look.
– from Ruth Whippman’s book ‘America the Anxious – how our pursuit of happiness is creating a nation of nervous wrecks’
In fact, happiness seems to happen more often when ‘me’ is forgotten and taken out of the situation.
Consciously seeking happiness, continuously checking and comparing happiness level, is a good recipe for unhappiness.
It’s okay to feel bad.
When we feel drowsy or there is lack of attention, then we can learn this about ourselves: that without having some entertainment in the mind, we go to sleep.
The mind wants to be entertained. It wants to read a book, watch television, do some work, anything to be occupied and entertained. It cannot be happy and concentrated just on its own.
– Ayya Khema
Westerners are quick to dismiss Chinese news as propaganda, but it is not an exaggeration to say that the average Chinese is better informed about the world than the average European or American.
The primary purpose of Chinese television news is to inform and educate, not to entertain.
There is the layer of natural physical reality (events manifesting based on physics).
There is the layer of artificial social reality (events occurring based on mutual agreement and shared imagination).
There is the layer of personal conscious reality (events perceived based on sensory conceptualization and mental belief).