Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Gratitude for triggers

Here's a very difficult teaching to put into practice. But it's very powerful:

Our first line of defense against unhappiness is refusing to believe that we are the victims of the bad intentions of others. The formula is: Do not blame the trigger. The world is full of triggers; in fact, life is designed like that, so that we will truly practice. We can be grateful for all these triggers, as without them we might never recognize our own unfortunate reactions.

Ayya Khema in Visible Here and Now

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