Change Poison Into Medicine

[W]e can resist discouragement by articulating our life’s mission; accomplish that mission by making a great determination; overcome the obstacles that naturally arise when we make such a determination by changing poison into medicine… –Alex Lickerman, M.D., The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self Changing poison into medicine is a three-step process: 1) Identify the Poison Inquire into the exact nature of your malady. Study it from every possible angle. Become an expert on it.  This intruder in your inner sanctum is making your life a living hell—and has… Read More

Work With What’s Wrong

When something goes wrong, it is not the result of fate working against you but the result of you not knowing it well enough to work with it. Derek Lin, The Tao of Happiness: Stories from Chuang Tzu for Your Spiritual Journey Blaming fate feels good…at first. It holds no answers, though. All it does is prop open the door for an onrush of self-pity. And there’s a better way. “Fate” is a nebulous concept. “Working with what is” (or, in Byron Katie’s words, Loving What Is) is not. What’s more productive: wasting years debating the… Read More

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