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It is better to Live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.

When you give yourself space & stillness, you can clear the dust and see yourself, not through others’ eyes, but from within.


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It is impossible to build one's happiness on the unhappiness of others.

Negativity is everywhere and it's contagious.

The less time you fixate on everyone else, the more time you have to focus on yourself.

Negativity often rises from fear.


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SPOT a feeling or issue

STOP to understand what it is

SWAP in a new way of processing. 


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Accept your fear.

The cause of fear : Attachment

The cure of fear : Detachment

Fear motivates us. Sometimes it motivates us toward what we want, but sometimes, if we aren’t careful, it limits us with what we think will keep us safe.


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When there is harmony between the mind, heart and resolution then nothing is impossible.

Four motivations : Fear, Desire, Duty, and Love.

Live your intentions. Do the work.


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When you protect your Dharma, your dharma protects you.

Living your dharma is a certain way to fulfillment.

Passion + Expertise + Usefulness = Dharma

Knowing your purpose and fulfilling it is easier and more fruitful when you use your time and energy wisely every day.


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Early to rise.

Location has energy, time has memory.

If you do something at the same time in the same space everyday, it becomes easier and natural.

Build routines and train yourself to find focus and achieve deep immersion.


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When the five senses and the mind are stilled, when the reasoning intellect rests in silence, then begins the highest path.

Drive the chariot of the mind. Master the senses.

Train your brain. In the end, it is your mind that translates the outside world into happiness or misery.


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The ego is a mask. It makes us liars and creates false hierarchies. Ego is an obstacle to growth.

The arrogant ego desires respect, whereas the humble worker inspires respect.

Detach from your ego.


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Appreciate everything, even the ordinary. Especially the ordinary.

Keep a gratitude journal

Kindness and gratitude are symbiotic.

Embrace gratitude through daily practice, both internally - in how you look at your life and the world around you - and through action.


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Relationships ()

Relationships ()

Every person is a world to explore.

You assume the love you receive will come from the person you gave it to. But it doesn’t always come from that person.

Too often we love people who don’t love us, but we fail to return the love of others who do.


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Relationships (2)

In every relationship you have the opportunity to set the level of joy you expect and the level of pain you’ll accept.

Believe in your worth.

If you’ve lost yourself in the relationship, find yourself in the heartbreak.


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The ignorant work for their own profit, the wise work for the welfare of the world.

The highest purpose is to live in service.

Selflessness heals the self.

Monks seek to leave a place cleaner than they found it; people happier than they found it; and the world better than they found it.

Extend your radius of care.

Serve within your dharma

Service is direct path to a meaningful life.


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"When we look for the good in others, we start to see the best in ourselves too.”



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