May you be peaceful, happy and light in body, spirit and mind.
May you be safe and free from any harm.
May you be free from anger, despair and fear.
May you regard yourselfself with understanding, kindness and acceptance.
May you recognise and nourish the seeds of loving kindness within yourself.
May you live peacefully.
May you understand your interdependence with all beings and your power to affect them positively.
May you honour the sacred.
May you be well and happy.
~Prayer of Loving Kindness from the Buddhist tradition.
“There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.” — Hindu Proverb
When people are in emotional pain, they tend to speak and act in ways that sound angry and aggressive. And if you, too, are in emotional pain, you are likely to speak to the other person in ways that he will perceive as angry and aggressive. Each person adds to the emotional pain of the other, and the distress of everyone involved keeps increasing.
When you are calm, it's easier to see the emotional pain of others. That is when you can build up your attribute of compassion. The goal is to have so much compassion that even when you personally are experiencing emotional pain, you are able to be sensitive to the emotional pain of the person with whom you are interacting.
Coming from a place of compassion you will be able to address the thoughts and feelings of the other person in a way that alleviates his distress. Then he is more likely to speak and act more sensibly and reasonably towards you.
(from Rabbi Zelig Pliskin's book: Harmony with Others, p.130, artscroll.com)
Courage is standing up for and protecting yourself and your loved ones. As well as taking the first step forward ☮*´¨ღϠ₡ღ
9, Book 89, Number 252 :
Narrated by 'Abdullah bin 'Umar
Allah's Apostle said, "Surely! Everyone of you is a guardian and is responsible for his
charges: The Imam (ruler) of the people is a guardian and is responsible for his
subjects; a man is the guardian of his family (household) and is responsible for
his subjects; a woman is the guardian of her husband's home and of his children
and is responsible for them; and the slave of a man is a guardian of his
master's property and is responsible for it. Surely, everyone of you is a
guardian and responsible for his charges."
A person who tries to force himself to change his character in an extremely short time is apt to become depressed and will not be successful. Set reasonable goals for yourself. Work on your faults little by little.
If you make impossible demands on yourself, you will feel frustrated and miserable.
(from Cheshbon Hanefesh #17; Rabbi Pliskin's Gateway to Happiness,
A group of people lost a large amount of money. There was one person in the group who was still happy, even though the others were miserable over their loss. The others asked him how he could be so happy while they were so sad.
He replied, "I'll give you an analogy. A person once came into a room where a few people were sleeping. The sleepers were dreaming nightmares and cried in their sleep. The person who was awake did not join them in their crying for he realized it was merely a dream. Similarly, I realize this world is like a dream. People upset over worldly matters are as in the midst of a nightmare. I am awake, and cognizant of how illusory worldly suffering really is."
(Pele Yoatz - Tza'ar; Rabbi Pliskin's Gateway to Happiness, p.246)