How do we deal with conflict?
1. See enemy as self. Empathy. List what we have in common.
Trash talk usually has a sense of humor in it and can be a fun way to be competitive.
2. Prajna: Our own wisdom is our teacher or prajna. Discernment underlies all of the other qualities.
See where the other side is coming from. Disagree agreeably.
3. We shouldn’t enjoy conflict. We want to be fundamentally happiness and sane. Don’t vilify the opposition.
4. The Buddha’s middle way. Pour a healing salve on hatred with Maitri.
Engage the world with a sense of fearlessness.
“The only way out is through.” ~ Winston Churchill
Have a sense of humor about our difficulties. Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior.
“Judgement keeps us alive.” ~ Waylon Lewis
“The first person to raise their voice loses the argument.” ~ Chinese proverb.
Here is Waylon’s video about Maitri.
“Mindfulness is about being a discursive human mess, yet coming back to the present moment.” ~ Waylon Lewis
On the notion of having to have our sh*t together in our 20s:
“The 20s are to try different things. Try, fail, quit, try harder, make mistakes. When you’re 30, jump into something with two feet.” ~ Mike Smith, Waylon’s mentor
Don’t guilt trip yourself.
1.~Do something you love.
2.~Be good at it.
3.~Make a living doing it.
4.~Has to be good for the world.
“Anger is wisdom. We can use anger instead of anger using us.” ~ Waylon Lewis
“I make myself rich by making my wants few.” ~ Thoreau
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