Meditation – a Swiss army knife for the mind

Army knife - meditation

What is the most versatile tool you could think of? You may say a Swiss Army Knife, which in one package provides you with a knife, a saw blade, a pair of scissors, a bottle opener, a screwdriver and several other appliances.

There is a similar multi-purpose tool for the mind and that is meditation.

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Meditation – en schweizisk armékniv för sinnet

Army knife - meditation

Vilket är det mest mångsidiga verktyget du kan tänka dig? Kanske är det en schweizisk armékniv, som i ett enda verktyg förser dig med en kniv, ett sågblad, en sax, en flasköppnare, en skruvmejsel och flera andra prylar.

Det finns ett lika mångsidigt verktyg för sinnet och det är meditation.

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Accepting things the way they are

Horse

There is an old Taoist story about a farmer and his horse that is likely well over 2000 years old. The story teaches us to accept things the way we are.

One day the farmer’s only horse ran away. His neighbours immediately came over to commiserate, “We are so sorry about the loss of your only horse”. But the farmer just said: “Who knows what’s good or bad. We’ll see.

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Att acceptera saker som de är

Horse

Det finns en gammal taoistisk sägen om en bonde och hans häst som troligen är över 2000 år gammal. Historien lär oss att acceptera saker som de är.

En dag slet sig bondens enda häst och sprang bort. Hans grannar kom omedelbart över till honom för att beklaga hans förlust, “Vi är så ledsna att du förlorat din häst“. Men bonden sade bara: “Vem vet vad som är bra eller dåligt. Vi får se.

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The Buddhist way of speaking wisely

Right speech

One of the most important Buddhist teaching, and the third step on the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path to enlightenment, concerns “Right speech”. The way we communicate affects both our own self-image and how we are regarded and treated by others. Communication is a powerful tool and its consequences could lead to peace, freedom and harmony as well as to hatred, terror and genocide.

According to the Buddha, right speech should be truthful, kind, helpful and promote understanding, harmony and unity. This sounds self-evident, and most of us would agree to this ideal and appreciate if this was also practised by those around us. However, we would only need to look more closely at ourselves to realise that this is not always easy to follow.

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