Pacifying the mind

Many treasure texts predicted that a tremendous number of diseases would befall those of us living in what is known as the degenerate age, that is, the time in which the Dharma begins to wane. And indeed it seems true that, despite overall improvements in quality of life, people become ever more materialistic as their desires exceed their capacity even to enjoy even what they have. Then comes the onset of suffering from manifold illness—things like depression—which in the Tibetan medicine system are classified as disorders of the wind humor. Now since wind humor disorders are caused by attachment, the best way to treat and avoid them is to know oneself, and be realistic in the management of the time and energy spent accomplishing one’s daily routine. Try not to be too desirous. Don’t go chasing after complicated and negative parts of your past. Do not cling so hard to hopes for the future. Start just being present, just clearly present to each moment. In this way we begin to accomplish everything we encounter, nicely, with joy and ease—one by one by one.

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