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We must surrender our hopes and expectations, as well as our fears, and march directly into disappointment, work with disappointment, go into it, and make it our way of life, which is a very hard thing to do. Disappointment is a a good sign of basic intelligence. It cannot be compared to anything else: it is so sharp, precise, obvious, and direct. If we can open, then we suddenly begin to see that our expectations are irrelevant compared with the reality of the situations we are facing.
— Chögyam Trungpa
Thinking that we can find some lasting pleasure and avoid pain is what in Buddhism is called samsara, a hopeless cycle that goes round and round endlessly and causes us to suffer greatly. The very first noble truth of the Buddha points out that suffering is inevitable for human beings as long as we believe that things last—that they don’t disintegrate, that they can be counted on to satisfy our hunger for security.
— Pema Chödrön, “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times”
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Ah, kindness. What a simple way to tell another struggling soul that there is love to be found in this world.

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The most outrageous thing we can do in this world is to accept what happens and fly with it.

Sakyong Mipham

Piekło jest wtedy, kiedy nic się ze sobą nie łączy – ZDROWA GŁOWA

Osoba w depresji, we wczesnym okresie swojego życia doznała prawdopodobnie jakiegoś rodzaju opuszczenia (rzeczywistego bądź emocjonalnego) ze strony opiekunów. Co za tym idzie, nie posiada pozytywnych doświadczeń związanych z przyjmowaniem zależności, bliskości czy pomocy. Oczywiście, jako dorośli nie mamy do tych informacji bezpośredniego dostępu w pamięci. Chociaż osoba czuje emocjonalny głód czy brak związany z bliskością, często nieświadomie unika powtórnego narażenia się na owe nieprzyjemne, a często bolesne przeżycia opuszczenia, czy odrzucenia.

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Never forget the people who take time out of their day to check up on you.

..we might even succeed at some form of dualistic concentration practice and experience a kind of “mystical state.” In such cases we might appear quite tranquil and religious in the conventional sense. But we would constantly have to charge up and maintain our “mystical state” and there would be a continual sense of appreciation, the repeated act of checking and indulging in our achievement. This is the typical distortion of the hinayana practice of self-contained meditation, self-enlightenment, and it is in some sense a form of aggression. There is no element of compassion and openness because one is so focused on one’s own experience.
— Chögyam Trungpa, “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism”
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Be - don’t try to become.

Osho

As far as meditation practice is concerned, in meditation, we work on THIS thing, rather than on trying to sort out the problem from the outside. We work on the projector rather than the projection. We turn inward, instead of trying to sort out external problems of A, B, and C. We work on the creator of duality rather than the creation. That is beginning at the beginning
— Chögyam Trungpa, “The Heart of the Buddha“
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If no one begins nothing nothing will happen.

Chögyam Trungpa

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Kati Morton sits with Dr. Barry Lieberman to talk about what a first psychiatry appointment looks like. This can vary a lot from doctor to doctor, but this will hopefully help you prepare a bit. They talk about filling out paperwork, and why Barry doesn’t do that in his practice. Also, what types of questions he does ask in order to get a good idea of your history and what you are needing help with. They both agree that a first appointment should be at least an hour and Barry also shares that about 50% of his patients are NOT on medication. That’s important to note, especially if you are not sure you want to take medication or what medication would be right for you. Barry shares how making the decision to go on medication and picking the right one takes time and he feels he needs to know you better in order to do that. I hope that this video helped you feel more comfortable with seeing a psychiatrist, if you think that’s something that could help you in your path to recovery.

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As a wise man once said, a warrior’s daily duty is to attend to the heart and the opening of it - not as a task to be completed, but as a duty to be repeated, daily, in the orange glow of a new sun.

Waylon Lewis

The essence of life is that it’s challenging. Sometimes it is sweet, and sometimes it is bitter. Sometimes your body tenses, and sometimes it relaxes or opens. Sometimes you have a headache, and sometimes you feel 100 percent healthy. From an awakened perspective, trying to tie up all the loose ends and finally get it together is death, because it involves rejecting a lot of your basic experience. There is something aggressive about that approach to life, trying to flatten out all the rough spots and imperfections into a nice smooth ride.
— Pema Chödrön, “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice For Difficult Times”
Our vast collections of knowledge and experience are just part of ego’s display, part of the grandiose quality of ego. We display them to the world and, in so doing, reassure ourselves that we exist, safe and secure, as “spiritual” people.
— Chögyam Trungpa, “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism”
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The idea of karma is that you continually get the teaching that you need to open your heart.

Pema Chödrön

If you pour a cup of tea, you are aware of extending your arm and touching your hand to the teapot, lifting it and pouring the water. Finally the water touches your teacup and fills it, and you stop pouring and put the teapot down precisely, as in the Japanese tea ceremony. You become aware that each precise movement has dignity. We have long forgotten that activities can be simple and precise. Every act of our lives can contain simplicity and precision and can thus have tremendous beauty and dignity.
— Chögyam Trungpa, “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism”
The difference between theism and nontheism is not whether one does or does not believe in God. It is an issue that applies to everyone, including both Buddhists and non-Buddhists. Theism is a deep-seated conviction that there’s some hand to hold: if we just do the right things, someone will appreciate us and take care of us. It means thinking there’s always going to be a babysitter available when we need one. We all are inclined to abdicate our responsibilities and delegate our authority to something outside ourselves. Nontheism is relaxing with the ambiguity and uncertainty of the present moment without reaching for anything to protect ourselves.
— Pema Chödrön, “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times”
We also have to give up the notion of a divine savior, which has nothing to do with what religion we belong to, but refers to the idea of someone or something who will save us without our having to go through any pain. In fact, giving up that kind of false hope is the first step. We have to be with ourselves. We have to be real people. There is no way of beating around the bush, hoping for the best. If you are really interested in working with yourself, you can’t lead that kind of double life, adopting ideas, techniques, and concepts of all kinds, simply in order to get away from yourself.
— Chögyam Trungpa, “Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery” 
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Everybody loves something, even if it’s only tortillas.

Chögyam Trungpa

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What is otherness. What is the particular distinguishing characteristic of human communities. Isn’t there something about inner subjectivity and historicity that makes the human relationship to world very different than just organism-environment.

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