Shift Your Caution (Jan 11)

Further Reflections


To avoid needless suffering,
never focus on what you cannot control.


Those who have much suffering,
cling to much they cannot control.


If you want your peace of mind
to be held ransom,
take refuge in what you cannot control.


True peace is still present
in the midst of chaos,
but it is the hardest to find there.


When you cannot avoid external distractions,
take refuge in your inner Buddha-nature
(with mindfulness of Buddha) to ground yourself.


Problems will never be solved
if you cling to factors you cannot change,
instead of changing those you can change.

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