Authenticity and Intentional Suffering

Reactive emotions such as anger, jealousy, envy, hatred, etc. reject the unfolding of the present moment as it is. Implicitly these feelings react to difficult people and situations with a resounding “No!”. How can transform emotional reactivity into authentic presence? One practice is conscious or intentional suffering.

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Envy and Your Honeycomb

Have you ever walked through an upscale neighborhood with fancy cars parked in the driveways, and found yourself wishing that you could live like them? “They’ve got it made,” you might think to yourself as you walk back to your one-room apartment.

Or maybe you resent the good fortune of a friend. Perhaps he will be taking a trip around the world, while you are stuck in your dead-end job which you can’t quit, because you must pay down your credit cards. Or maybe you covet someone’s job, looks, or relationship.

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Your Expectation is Not My Problem

An expectation of another person is a belief that another person should act, think, or feel in a certain way. When insisted upon, expectations of others become demands upon another person’s individuality which violate the personal boundaries of the other person.

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Self-Actualization not Self-Image Actualization

Imagine two persons who at the end of their lives are identical in attainments. Two doctors – with the same degrees from the same school, both happily married with good children, living in identical houses, driving the same cars, etc., etc.. Yet why might one feel fulfilled while the other feel abject despair?

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The Courage to Doubt Our Religious Beliefs

What can we really know with certainty about the mysteries of existence? Yet somewhere on the planet today, like too many days before us, because of his or her religious convictions an adherent of one god will bludgeon to death an adherent of another god. But let’s put this religious certainty into perspective.

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