believe it (or not)

Believe It (or Not)


How you live your life depends on what you believe. Some beliefs will help you find happiness, others will leave you feeling miserable. When you become attached to your beliefs, you might endure misery to protect your beliefs rather than challenge the beliefs to find happiness.

When you know that you are suffering, but you don’t know which belief is the cause, you can give up all of your beliefs and start fresh. If you know you are suffering, then that is the belief that remains. Believe that you are suffering. Next believe that you can do something about your suffering. Then start watching your thoughts. Your thoughts will suggest things to believe. Unless they support your happiness, don’t believe them. If they tell you you’re not good enough, don’t believe it. If they tell you you’re not smart enough, don’t believe it. If they tell you you’re not worthy, don’t believe it. If they tell you happiness is impossible, don’t believe it.

When you’re not feeling good about things, your thoughts may try to convince you of some awful things. When you get in the habit of suffering, your thoughts try to maintain that. By recognizing how your thoughts contribute to your suffering you can find some relief. Then you can find some happiness. Believe it.

our capacity

Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves.

Thich Nhat Hanh

from the book “Living Buddha, Living Christ”

nurturing love


Nurturing Our Love ~ 17th Karmapa

We actively nurture our love by working wholeheartedly on ourselves. This is the way our own spiritual practice can become a condition that helps love to last. Spiritual practice means transforming ourselves. It means changing. We cannot hope to just find love and keep it on a shelf – as if I have given you my love, you have given me your love, and now we just have to brush the dust off it from time to time, and we are basically done. Contrary to this, love is a living thing. Like a tree, it needs to grow continually, yielding fresh cycles of leaves and flowers and fruit. If this stops, the tree stagnates and eventually dies. Once we embrace love as a fully active practice, only then can we begin to speak of undying love.

17th Karmapa

from the book “The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out”

translated by Ngodup Tsering Burkhar & Damchö Diana Finnegan