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Self-Mastery

A Case, And Some Space, For Introversion

“Telling an introvert to go to a party is like telling a saint to go to Hell.” ~ Criss Jami Ah the guilt, and sometimes shame, we feel as introverts … Why? Because we get replenished by being in our own space and our own energy instead of that of the group (as extroverts do)? Why does…

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The Irony Of Religion

“The irony of religion is that because of its power to divert man to destructive courses, the world could actually come to end. The plain fact is, religion must die for mankind to live.” Bill Maher, Religulous As a Buddhist sage once said to Nobel Laureate Richard P. Feynman: ‘To every man is given the key…

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Selfishness and The Airplane Rule

There is a reason the flight crew is directed to instruct you that, in the case of an emergency, do not be a martyr: put your own mask on before helping someone else. How does the genius of this request not make it past customs? Here are some of the next-level insights it imparts: 1.…

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The Truth About Power.

“Knowing others is perspective, but knowing one’s own self is enlightened; conquering others shows strength, but conquering one’s self shows true power.” Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching This is why we do the work. Why I do the work: Power. That’s right: not for ethical, moral, or some other socially acceptable reasons – that is, not first…

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Check Yourself.

“I have learned that a man has the right to look down on somebody, only when he is helping him to get up.” Gabriel García Márquez Of course this truth applies equally to you, and so: you have the right to look down on yourself, only when you are helping yourself to get up.  Remember…

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Non-resistance

“Nothing on Earth can resist an absolutely non-resistant person.” It’s true. Think about air. Think about water. Think about being like that. Now by ‘that’ I don’t mean passive, or complacent, or inactive; not necessarily anyway. This isn’t a blanket statement to, in the face of injustice for example, just stand by and watch. This…

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