Emotions

“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

Now

“The past is fiction and the future is dream, and we are just living on the edge of a razor blade.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Afternoon run – 5.1 miles

“In essence, the mind is what is aware of everything – it is a clarity that perceives all external objects and events. But if you try to find it, it turns out to be as impossible to grasp and as elusive as a rainbow – the more you run after it, the farther away it appears to recede; the more you look at it, the less you can find. This is the empty aspect of the mind. Clarity and emptiness are inseparably united in the true nature of mind, which is beyond all concepts of existence and nonexistence.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Blessing

“Try to bring all your experience into the context of blessing. If you can train your mind this way, you will have no obstacles in life. When your situation is easy and pleasant, see it as blessing, without attachment. When you are going through suffering, see that as blessing too. If you fall ill, recognize that illness is blessing, that pain purifies you of harmful past karmas. Keep in mind that many other beings are suffering in the same way as you are, and pray that your pain may liberate them all from suffering. In this way, illness can teach us compassion.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Afternoon run – 4.5 miles

“We find some thought difficult to control not because it is natural, but because it has been reinforced by unchecked habituation for too long. This is important to recognize, because even though old habits may be tough to break, all habits can be broken.”

~ 17th Karmapa