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Quieting the Mind
Professional basketball executive, former player, and coach, Phil Jackson, recently stated that meditation fits his style really well because he likes to begin his day with a quiet mind. “I tried a bunch of things, tai chi and yoga, none of them stuck! What did stick, was meditation” (Jackson, 2013).
Don’t Let the World Make Us Bitter
In a recent article, posted in the Huffington Post, Dr. Smita Malhorta stated that the world can be a difficult place. She explains that we may experience suffering, heartbreak, or the loss of a loved one. All of these things can take a toll on our souls. She suggests, however, that we must not lose hope and asks us to think about the Yin and Yang in Chinese philosophy, which states that opposite forces are often interconnected. In suffering, she reminds us that we can find great strength. In heartbreak, we can find resilience, and in loss, we can find a renewed appreciation for life.
Malhorta postulates that life comes with Yin and Yang. The two opposites are interdependent and interconnected; that we do not need to be afraid. In every difficult situation, we are being tested. If we become bitter and angry, we have lost.
She asks that we take a moment and stop to notice each flower, each weed that is breaking through the cement to find the sun, and each butterfly that has found it’s wings (Malhotra, 2014). In other words, we must learn to see and appreciate the beauty around us.
Iaian Thomas wrote:Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard.
Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let bitterness steal your sweetness.
Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,
you still know it to be a beautiful place. Keep your sweetness. Be soft. And know that the world is a beautiful place. Always.
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Jackson, P. (2014, July). Success through stillness. (O. Winfrey, Interviewer).
Malhotra, S. (2014, July 16). 8 lessons I want to teach my daughter. Retrieved August 17, 2014, from The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/smita-malhotra/eight-lessons-i-want-to-teach-my-daughter_b_5565037.html