Have you ever had an argument or disappointment ruin your whole day? Sometimes painful feelings seem to hang around along time. You can learn to work with these strong feelings so that they become less disruptive.
“My meditation was bad today. I can’t focus. My mind is just too busy.” This is by far the most common complaint I see written on my students’ meditation logs. Often my students see it as a problem of such magnitude that it means they're incapable of meditating or of experiencing any benefit from meditation.
Have you ever wanted something really badly? So badly that you were sure that if you got it, you'd be forever happy? How long did that last? Were you happy forever as you hoped? Turns out that what we think leads to lasting happiness really doesn't. Understanding the causes of suffering and true happiness are what the Buddha called Skillful Understanding.
Have you ever been at work, just counting the minutes until you can leave, and irritated at everyone who speaks to you? What if we told you that the truth is that most jobs are not all fun and games? Fortunately, they don’t need to be for you to find meaning and even pleasure in them. Let's see what the Buddha says about skillful livelihood.