THE VERY FIRST WORDS in the Dhammapada—the collection of teachings directly from the Buddha—is that the mind is the key to all things. “Mind is the forerunner of all things; all things are mind-made,” it teaches. “When one allows impure (not beneficial) thoughts, sorrow and suffering are sure to follow. When one encourages and cultivates pure (beneficial) thoughts, happiness is sure to follow.” The Christian Bible agrees and advises us in Philippians 4:8 “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is beautiful, whatever is encouraging, whatever is worthy of admiration—meditate on these things, and the spirit of peace will be with you.”
This is the aim of the Still Yourself Mindpoint section.
Here you will find a variety of thought-provoking and contemplation-inspiring material intended to enrich your Self and your practice.
Some may be lengthy, some may be very short, some may be visual, some may be audio, but all are meant to point your mind—and therefore your life—toward positive growth.
And the Buddha himself said, “Accept and believe nothing—not even if I have said it—unless it truly resonates with YOU, and YOU find it to be true within yourself.” Think on these things. Weigh them against your own experiences. Hold them to the light of your own wisdom. And never be afraid to make effort toward change, even if that change goes against the popular views, or those views others push you toward. Only YOU are you.
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