You Are Not Your Struggles

Often, our struggles can be so persistent and overwhelming that we lose sight of the distinction between them and us. We start to identify with the struggles rather than seeing them as experiences we are having. If we feel sad or hopeless, we think, “I am depressed,” rather than, “I am experiencing depression.” And that identification can make it harder for us to see the possibility of change.

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We Are All on the Path

One of my favorite Buddhist sayings is, “We are all on the path.” I like it because it expresses an important truth: everyone suffers and makes mistakes, and no one has achieved perfection – or ever will. We are all doing the best we can. Saying “we are all on the path” expresses a perspective grounded in non-judgment for ourselves and for others, as well as a belief in the inherent capacity of all people to learn and grow.

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