We are very good at preparing to live,  but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.
—  Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step

Wrong meditation technique

Many Westerners think meditation is about having a blank empty mind with no though occurring at all.

They get upset when they can’t achieve an empty thoughtless mind. But actually this is an incorrect understanding of meditation and the wrong goal to aim for.

You’ll never get a blank empty mind, meditation is actually about observation, just watch whatever is going on, witness it without getting involved.
Be just a witness without any action or reaction to whatever you witness.

Namo Amida Buddha

If someone is religious and queer, they’re not a hypocrite. They are valid. There’s nothing wrong whatsoever with believing in and worshiping a God and being gay or trans/nonbinary. I’m not a religious person at all, but just because LGBT is a sin in your God’s eyes, doesn’t mean someone isn’t in a religion. If you’re a gay Christian or trans Christian (other religions too), then you are valid and loved. 🏳️‍🌈

  • Unawakened Person: I'm better than you.
  • Awakened Person: Okay.
  • Unawakened Person: No, really. I am richer, better looking, drive a better car, have a better job and live in a bigger house.
  • Awakened Person: (With no sarcasm) How wonderful that you have a nice house, job, and car. You are blessed.
  • Unawakened Person: Wait! No envy? Aren't you jealous?
  • Awakened person: No, I feel joy for your good fortune and wish you more of it.
  • Unawakened Person: How are you able to be happy for me when I have more than you and am bragging about it?
  • Awakened Person: You see my friend each of us values certain things. The things you have mentioned, the possessions and privileges are not important to me. Love is important to me. Compassion is important to me. Kindness is important to me. When one lives this way then there can be no envy of another's material success.