"These are the few ways we can practice humility:

To speak as little as possible of one's self.
To mind one's own business.
Not to want to manage other people's affairs.
To avoid curiosity.
To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.
To pass over the mistakes of others.
To accept insults and injuries.
To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.
To be kind and gentle even under provocation.
Never to stand on one's dignity.
To choose always the hardest."

- Mother Teresa in The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living

"To learn about oneself one needs a great deal of humility. If you start by saying, 'I know myself', you've already stopped learning about yourself. Or if you say, "There is nothing much to learn about myself because I know what I am-I'm a bundle of memories, ideas, experiences, tradition, a conditioned entity with innumerable contradictory reactions"-you've stopped learning about yourself. To learn about oneself requires considerable humility, never assuming that you know anything: that is, learning about oneself from the beginning and never accumulating. The moment you accumulate knowledge about yourself through your own discovery, that becomes the platform from which you begin to examine, learn, and therefore what you learn is merely further addition to what you already know. Humility is a state of mind that never acquires, never says, 'I know'."

~Jiddu Krishnamurti in Talks & Dialogues

The ten things we think will make us happier, but don't:

1 - To become rich, powerful and famous
2 - To treat the universe as if it was a mail order catalogue for our desires and fancies
3 - To yearn for the "freedom" to do everything that comes into your mind. (This is not freedom, but being the slave of your own thoughts).
4 - To constantly seek pleasant sensations, one after the other (Pleasurable sensations soon become dull, and often become unpleasant).
5 - To maliciously take revenge on someone who has hurt you. (Doing so, you become as mean as them and you poison your own mind.)
6 - "It I had all that, I will surely be happy," or "If I don't have that, I can't be happy." (Such predictions usually don't turn out to be true.)
7 - To always be praised and never face criticism. (This will never help you to progress.)
8 - To vanquish all you enemies. (Animosity never brings happiness.)
9 - To never face adversity. (This will make you weak and vulnerable.)
10 - To put all your efforts into taking care of just yourself. (Altruistic love and compassion are the roots of genuine happiness.)

~Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist monk, an author, translator, and photographer

[Photograph by Matthieu Ricard]


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