Buddha lesson for the day: Self-compassion

Beth Mende Conny of Lifenicity and Write Directions shares a lesson from the Buddha about compassion of selfThe Buddha once asked a student, “If a person is struck by an arrow, is it painful?” The student replied, “It is.”

The Buddha then asked, “If the person is struck by a second arrow, is that even more painful?” The student replied again, “It is.”

The Buddha then explained, “In life, we cannot always control the first arrow. However, the second arrow is our reaction to the first. And with this second arrow comes the possibility of change.”

Excerpted from “Self-compassion: Releasing the second arrow,” True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart, by Tara Brach.

She’s a practicing Buddhist and psychologist. I have listened to her speak and subscribe to her podcast. She’s pretty darn incredible, and her voice calms me down immediately.

Motivational Monday

Quotation by Beth Mende Conny of Lifenicity and Write Directions: "Follow your heart the way sailors follow the stars."

art by beth mende conny © 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Follow your heart the way sailors follow the stars.

— Beth Mende Conny

 

 

Beth Mende Conny, founder of Lifenicity and Write Directions, presents her latest quotation and artwork about the need for patience with oneself.

Motivational Monday

Beth Mende Conny, founder of Lifenicity and Write Directions,  presents her latest quotation and artwork about the need for patience with oneself.

© 2014 Beth Mende Conny – Lifenicity.com

Beth Mende Conny, founder of Lifenicity and Write Directions shares one of her inspirational quotations. This quote is about friendship and the importance of friends.

Motivational Monday

 

Beth Mende Conny, founder of Lifenicity and Write Directions shares one of her inspirational quotations. This quote is about friendship and the importance of friends.

© 2014 Beth Mende Conny