Knowledge would be empty if it were not motivated by concern. There are many layers of knowledge; the knowledge which is an aspect of love is one which does not stay at the periphery, but penetrates to the core. It is possible only when I can transcend the concern for myself and see the other person in his own terms. I may know, for instance, that a person is angry, even if he does not show it overtly; but I may know that he is anxious, and worried; that he feels lonely, that he feels guilty. Then I know that his anger is only the manifestation of something deeper, and I see him as anxious and embarrassed, that is, as the suffering person, rather than as the angry one.
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So, will you help me to move at a much faster pace?
Whether from above or below ground it really matters not.
I simply refuse to be some ordinary rock.
At the very core of my being there is oh so much more.
There you will find veins of gold and nerves made of iron ore.
Please don’t view me as just some inanimate thing.
Because it’s material consciousness that I’ve come here to bring.
Word Up! - A book of poems,
A stone grows here
Working as I do today in a hospital emergency department (ED) and assisting in patient registration you meet individuals presenting with all sorts of complaints/symptoms. Chief among them is being in pain and as a result experiencing suffering.
Most of us would further agree that it matters that we bring no harm, or at least no worse harm, to others. This noble desire asks that we become progressively aware of, explore, [and] take responsibility for our personal shadow. The shadow includes those parts of ourselves, whether it be our capacity for evil; our insurgent, narcissistic agendas; or our most spontaneous, healing, instinctively grounded selves.
Every day, think as you wake up, "Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive, I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry, or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can. ~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama
A Model for Living An Examined Life
The following reflects my broad-based adaptive framework for the personal practice of balanced living across the lifespan regardless of age, belief, faith, gender, disability, ethnicity, race, religion, no religion, or sexual orientation.
- Goal-setting (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time targeted (S.M.A.R.T.) objectives)
- Self-observation (self-instruction, imagery and attention focusing, task strategies)
- Self-evaluation (self-questioning, causal attributions, and adaptive inferences)
- Study (graphic organizers, index cards, tables, and attending extra help)
- Time-management (planning, allocating, setting goals, delegation, analysis of time spent, monitoring, organizing, scheduling, and prioritizing)
- Organizational strategies (cognitive modeling, cognitive coaching, and guided practice)
- Self-efficacy (choice of activities, effort, and persistence)
- Intrinsic interest (active, curious, engaged)
- Desire to be effective (competence, mastery, and self-monitoring)
- Forethought (attitudes, beliefs, and processes)
- Performance control (mindful, confident, and proactive)
- Self-reflection (self-judgments and self-reactions)
- Meaning (psychological, social, and cultural)
- Identity (moral, ethical, and spiritual)
- Spirituality (belief, faith, and religion)
- Institutional change (environmentally responsible, innovative, and sustainability-driven)
- Social change (democratic, culturally diverse, and egalitarian)
- Personal transformation (authentic, genuine, and nurturing)
- Keen discernment (grasp, comprehend, and evaluate clearly)
- Deep understanding (concept, context, and pragmatics)
- Sound judgment (a basis for decision making, a call to action, and creative)
Runaway - A biography of a runaway youth,
Chapter 17 Seeking Good Council