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Destroying the Mandala of Your Life

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Well said:

I like to refer to the lives we created as ‘mandalas‘, which in Tibetan Buddhism are detailed,  beautiful, and elaborate art pieces made of colored sand or ground stone.

Sand mandalas can take days or weeks to make depending on the complexity and detail, and often involve others.  But, alas, at the end the mandala is destroyed and sent into flowing waters which symbolizes the impermanence of life, and the world.

If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation.~ Dalai Lama

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs told Businessweek in 1998. “But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

Very wise words.Thanks for sharing.

I thought so, too. You are very welcome! Move mountains...

I'll try.

That's the best anyone can ask of ourselves: that we sincerely try as best we can.

I find that reassuring to be reminded of this principle, although I sometimes wonder how we can truly know if we are truly doing our best.  I like the idea of simplicity.  Love is simple, according to kd lang and one of my favorites, John Gottman.

Love can be simple, but sometimes it's complicated.

Sometimes that happens. But these days there are so many more possibilities.

sure but that is where people share stories  and can try to be real

i am starting to understand the dangers of the internet. 

i believe it can be destructive

It can be. But it's also a great creative force.

Like most technologies, it is neither good nor bad by itself, but it can be used by both good people and bad people.

So, on the Internet, we do our best to not get suckered by people with bad intentions and bad actions.

But that requires a lot of vigilance.

the problem is that it can feed one's fantasy life so that it gets out of sync with reality.....end result => destruction.

Ah, that's why it's important to have regular feedback, especially from other people.

Thanks for your support.

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