Todays Lojong Slogan is "When the world is filled with evil, transform all mishaps into the path of bodhi.” which sounds so much like the Stoic virtue of transforming every obstacle into the path. This starts with yourself, which is hard because you are usually swept away in the moment and unable to focus on the work of awakening in every moment, good or bad. What makes this easier is a realization that we all are in this same predicament. We are all suffering and struggling to awaken to our lives in own ways.
This video I’d heard about but had not watched until recently. I squares with my experience completely. It shows us that we are not alone, only separate.
This is a convoluted note to myself connecting divergent ideas together. Ideas of using ‘evil’ as a path, the connection of evil and an obstacle, see others as fighting battles with their obstacles just like me.
This is a journal entry meant as a reminder to my future self. A reminder to him how to operate in the world with love and compassion and some tips put together in a moment of clarity to help him when he is less clear and caught up in stuff the he can’t control. Continue the conversation anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credits — Cleveland Clinic
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