Jan. 20th, 2012

sabrinamari: (Daily practice)
Some days I think my mood goes up and down so fast and so far in each direction that it's just ridiculous. Currently in a good place, and aware that I get what I focus on. Thus, I'll focus on getting some good work done today and having a good evening with my honey.

And today's randomly drawn lojong card is (they are all randomly drawn, by the way)...

Practice the five strengths, the condensed heart instructions.

Commentary: The five strengths are: (1) strong determination to train in opening the heart and mind; (2) familiarization with the practices...that help you do that; (3) the positive seed that is within you, experienced as a yearning to practice and wake up; (4) reproach, which is a tricky one for Western students but an important practice: realizing that ego-clinging causes you to suffer, you delight in self-reflection, honesty, and in seeing where you get stuck; and (5) the aspiration to help alleviate suffering in the world, expressing that intention to yourself.

Lojong slogan 17, The Compassion Box, Pema Chodron

[59 Buddhist Teachings on Living Life with Fearlessness and Compassion, translated by the Nalanda Translation Committee, with commentary by Pema Chodron]

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Today's Lojong is brought to you by a strong desire to stop being a dumbass tap deeper into real wisdom and act on it, grow myself up and become a person who can actually stop kicking the wheel of samsara.

Whew.
sabrinamari: (Element Money)
http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-5-stupidest-habits-you-develop-growing-up-poor/

The 5 Stupidest Habits You Develop Growing Up Poor
www.cracked.com

"As anybody who's been through the poverty gauntlet can tell you, it changes a person. And it doesn't go away just because you're no longer fighting hobos for their moonshine."

I want to pull a practical finance focus into my urban populations class. I've already got some ideas, and this makes me want to think about it more.

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