The Case For Emotional Hygiene

Guy Winch, a psychologist, makes the case for giving the same importance to our psychological health as we do to our physical health. He provides statistics that poor “emotional hygiene” can make our lives miserable, it can shorten our lives, and can make it difficult to fulfill our potential. He believes it important that we all learn and also teach our children the simple techniques to deal with:

1. Loneliness- Understand our feelings when lonely and learn to counter it.
2. Failure – Know how our mind reacts to failure and learn to overcome these feelings.
3. Pain – Treating ourselves compassionately when in pain.
4. Adverse events – Ruminating over and over, thinking of adverse events.

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The Highest State

Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi

The two lady visitors were visiting the Saint known as Sri Ramana Maharshi.

The younger one asked: “Is the experience of the Highest State same to all? Or is there any difference?”

Maharshi (M): The Highest State is the same and the experience is also the same.

Devotee (D): But I find some difference in the interpretations put on the Highest Truth.

M: The interpretations are made with the mind. The minds are different and so the interpretations are different.

D: I mean to ask if the seers express themselves differently?

M: The expressions may differ according to the nature of the seekers. They are meant to guide the seekers.

D: One Seer speaks in the terms of Christianity, another in those of Islam, a third of Buddhism, etc. Is that due to their upbringing?

M: Whatever may be their upbringing, their experience is the same. But the modes of expression differ according to circumstances.

Credit: Talk 595, 16th December, 1938. Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi.

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The Cookie Thief

Cookie Thief

A woman was waiting at an airport one night
With several long hours before her flight
She hunted for a book in the airport shop
Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop
She was engrossed in her book but happened to see
That the man beside her as bold as could be
Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between
Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene
She munched cookies and watched the clock
As this gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock
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A Letter From The Past

Bruce Farrer gave an unusual assignment to his students. He asked them to write a 10 page letter to themselves that would be mailed to them 20 years later. What made this unique was that Bruce kept his promise. He stored the letters for 20 years and mailed them to his students, even if it meant spending hours tracking down his students. And he did this year after year. Amazing teacher and a great dedication for his students.

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The Seventh Cat

Seventh Cat

Teacher: “If I gave you 2 cats and another 2 cats and another 2, how many would you have?”

Johnny: “Seven.”

Teacher: “No, listen carefully… If I gave you two cats, and another two cats, and another two, how many would you have?”

Johnny: “Seven.”

Teacher: “Let me put it to you differently. If I gave you two apples, and another two apples, and another two, how many would you have?”

Johnny: “Six.”

Teacher: “Good. Now if I gave you two cats, and another two cats, and another two, how many would you have?”

Johnny: “Seven!”

Teacher: “Johnny, where in the heck do you get seven from?!”

Johnny: “Because I’ve already got a freaking cat!”

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