Self-improvement is bad for you.

Via on Jul 31, 2011

Be content
with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is
lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

~ Lao Tzu

Self-improvement takes you outside of yourself. Self-improvement fools me into thinking wisdom is separate from my fundamental nature. There is no goal: the journey is the goal.

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Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | | | | | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom


9 Responses to “Self-improvement is bad for you.”

  1. justin says:

    maybe self help is reading an instruction manual for that gun, so you know to use your thumb as the trigger finger… just sayin

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Monique L Okayyyy….. Interesting, and very Zen: a thing is also what it isn't.

    Rebecca B Makes sense when I think that my most effective times of doing that which I try to improve myself towards is when I am most accepting of myself…

  3. elephantjournal says:

    Allegretti: In the words of a title by Cheri Huber, "There Is Nothing Wrong with You." Everyone needs a copy of that book.

  4. Ricardo says:

    I look at it another way….

    To use another Lao Tzu quote: "An ant on the move does more than a lounging ox".

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