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Don’t Shoot the Second Arrow

What does it mean to shoot the second arrow? It comes from a Buddhist Parable. Source – True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart, by Tara Brach The Buddha once asked a student, “If a person is struck by an arrow, is it painful?” The student replied, “It is.” The Buddha then asked, “If the person is struck by a second arrow, is that even more painful?” The student replied again, …

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Emotions at Work

I was raised to think that emotions were something to be suppressed and controlled, and showing emotion was a sign of weakness, especially at work. Whether it was showing fear or regret or even showing too much happiness or feelings of accomplishment, it was an opening for someone to take advantage of you. But I’m here to tell you that this viewpoint has some serious problems. Namely that emotions are a normal part of the …

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Don’t Forget

What if you went your whole life without remembering to find the magic? What if you forgot to let a warm sunbeam strike your cheek and set you a glow from the inside? What if you never made time to brush a rose petal across your lips? What if you forgot to splash in the dirty puddle with the puppy? What if you never pumped high on a playground swing and felt the rush in …

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The Epic Battle

I’m standing at the kitchen sink washing dishes and there is an epic battle going on. I’m fighting with my housemate about how he damaged my car, and he is yelling back at me. I’m very self-righteous and indignant. The problem is, my housemate moved out 2 months ago. THIS epic battle only exists in my head. Oh, but real it is! I’m coming up with eloquent explanations how things should have been said. I’m …

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I ate a muffin out of a vending machine

If you can’t tell by the title, this blog post is about making poor choices. When it comes to taking care of ourselves sometimes we can do a poor job of it. I want to talk about that. For many people eating a muffin out of a vending machine is not that big of a deal (even if it’s not the healthiest choice). But for me, it’s the equivalent of smacking myself in the face …

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