“Emotions come from frustration, in the sense that we might not be able to fulfill what we want. We discover our possible failure as something pathetic, and we develop our tentacles or sharpen our claws to the extreme. The emotion is our way of competing with our projection. That is the mechanism of emotion. Only we forget that the projections have been our own manufactures all along.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Afternoon run – 4.9 miles

“No matter how trapped we may feel by anxiety, depression, or guilt, there is always another option available to us, and one that doesn’t ask us to stop being who and what we are. The trick is knowing where to look, how to look, and we can find peace of mind in the midst of raging emotions, profound insight in the midst of complete confusion, and seeds of compassion in our darkest moments, even when we feel completely lost and alone.”

~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Inner Softness

“Nothing can be manufactured from outside of you. If someone falls in love with you, it doesn’t help if you aren’t in love with that person. The softness has to come from you rather than someone else adding it in. You have to be in a state of softness to the situation; any outside factor can only act as a reminder.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

“How to know we have attained enlightenment? When we are able to care for others as much as we now care of ourselves, and ignore ourselves to the same extent that we now ignore others.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Prepare Yourself For Death

“Even in times of peace, a nation remains ready to respond to war. In the same way, you must stay on the alert, and prepare yourself for death by practicing the Dharma. Like an eternal harvest, it will keep you supplied with provisions for the life to come and will be the very basis of your future wellbeing.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

afternoon run – 4.8 miles

“We may set the bar for ourselves as high as working for the benefit of all sentient beings, but it doesn’t mean we are going to accomplish it all at once. It’s more a matter of dealing with what’s directly in front of you, in terms of the happiness and suffering that you – and the people you are connected with – are going through.”

~ 17th Karmapa