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INNERSELF.COM – DAILY INSPIRATION
|Monday, January 15th, 2018
Focus for today: With discipline and effort, I open my heart to whomever is in front of me.
We have a precious human life with the potential to develop love, compassion, and wisdom limitlessly. How do we use that potential? What occupies our mind most of the time? When observing our mind, we may notice that much time is spent ruminating about the past and the future.
Instead of dreaming of conquering future attachment, let’s deal with the craving we have right now. Rather than drowning in fears of the future, let’s be aware of the fear occurring right now and investigate it.
Opening our hearts to whomever is before us requires discipline and effort. Connecting with the person in front of us necessitates being fully present, not off in the past or in the future.
Excerpted from the InnerSelf article:
Written by Thubten Chodron
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