RE: [Meditation Society of America] I've already died a thousand times
Excellent posts. Thank you.
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Sent: September-01-10 6:01 AM
Subject: [Meditation Society of America] I've already died a thousand times
Thanks you Sandeep for sharing this.
I'll be following uo by checking out
both Ms Hillesum and Mr Ricard.
This kind of pointing is why and how
this Forum can be so valuable.
Peace and blessings,
I've already died a thousand times
Anyone who enjoys inner peace is no more broken by
failure than he is inflated by success.
He is able to fully live his experiences in the
context of a vast and profound serenity, since
he understands that experiences
are ephemeral and that it is useless to cling to them.
There will be no hard fall when things turn bad
and he is confronted with adversity.
He does not sink into depression, since his
happiness rests on a solid foundation.
One year before her death at Auschwitz , the remarkable
Etty Hillesum, a young Dutchwoman, affirmed:
"When you have an
interior life, it certainly doesn't matter what
side of the prison you're on.
. . . I've already died a thousand times in a
thousand concentration camps.
I know everything.
There is no new information to trouble me.
One way or another, I already know everything,
and yet, I find this life beautiful and rich
in meaning. At every moment."
Changing the way we see the world does not imply
a naive optimism or some artificial euphoria designed to counterbalance adversity.
So long as we are slaves to the dissatisfaction
and frustration that arise from the confusion
that rules our minds, it will be just as futile
to tell ourselves "I'm happy!" over and over again
as it would be to repaint a wall in ruins.
The search for happiness is not about looking at
life through rose-colored glasses or blinding
oneself to the pain and imperfections of
Nor is happiness a state of exaltation to be
perpetuated at all costs; it is the purging
of mental toxins such as hatred and obsession
that literally poison the mind.
It is also about learning how to put things in
perspective and reduce the gap between appearances
To that end we must acquire a better knowledge of
how the mind works and a more accurate insight
into the nature of things, for in its deepest
sense, suffering is intimately linked to a misapprehension
of the nature of reality.
- Matthieu Ricard,