According to the Buddhist philosophy, the mundane can be grand, fulfilling and deep. The whole world can be glimpsed in a single grain of sand.
A skilled conversationalist can have a profound talk on any subject, as anything can be raised to a different level simply by having a higher perception.
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A conversation need not be created but can be a natural organic occurrence. One just needs to respond in a similar manner: If the topic is a golf tournament, a response story needs to be related to that, and not something out of the blue.
If we remove our masks and become who we really are, our intimate and profound conversations will lead to a better, daring dialogue that is interesting and productive.
Most of us are beyond weather, parking and traffic-related conversations at parties. We have deep, substantial topics to discuss, which are not hollow and unproductive like most party small talks are.
Small talk has its benefits, it is designed to prevent controversies and hurt, smartly avoids religion and politics, and is a way to test the waters before we decide to talk about other stuff with someone.
One can have deep conversations about any topic, including the weather, and a shallow person can have a trivial, weary conversation about deep topics like the Simulation Theory or the Universe.
We may sometimes be in situations where a stranger will do something very irritating or discomforting: They may turn up their music too loudly. They may assign us to a hotel room where the air conditioning will have a high pitched whine. In a restaurant, a fly may be floating in the soup.
Our upbringing and cultural traditions may cause us to say nothing and to overlook our agony. But inwardly, we may twitch and surprise ourselves with a sudden outburst of rage, sometimes in a completely unrelated place.
Love is often seen as the exciting feeling we get in the presence of someone with great intelligence of beauty that we hope will reciprocate our interest and whom we badly want to touch and one day share our lives with.
But there is another definition of love that is not so much focused on the appreciation of strength as on the tolerance of, and kindness towards, the weak and misshapen.
Parents, for many of us, are a complicated relationship. They can be a source of joy and can also feel like an emotionally draining ordeal.
Confronting them and making them understand how they hurt us is an ambitious option, which is rarely successful. While we may assume we can make them understand, we are surprised to hear them blame us for being immature, ungrateful and naive.
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