Once a week we highlight quotes that will (hopefully) resonate with you. We may or may not add our own commentary. Most likely, we will.
This week we start with Tai Sheridan:
"Thoughts can be a jail. Watching them coming and going lets you out to play in the universe."
If you are caught up in your mental noise, it influences your decisions, actions, and reactions. When you are able to notice it without getting caught up in it, you have new-found freedom from the conditioned patterns that cause you suffering.
Next, from Vidyamala Burch:
"It's hard to reflect on your circumstances and to learn new ways of responding if the mind roams like a wild animal."
I would say "if you follow your mind as it roams like a wild animal." While mindfulness and meditation can have the side effect of a mind that roams less, it's not the goal. The major benefit of practice is that regardless of what your mind is doing, you no longer get caught up in it.
And, from the Dalai Lama. In a week that saw conflict over equal rights for various groups, his message of connection is more important than ever:
"Given the scale of life in the cosmos, one human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a just visitor to this planet, a guest, who will only stay for a limited time. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time alone, unhappy or in conflict with our companions? Far better, surely, to use our short time here in living a meaningful life, enriched by our sense of connection with others and being of service to them."
What are you trying to "cope" with?
Coping doesn't work - addressing the root cause does. We'll show you how.