Five Minutes for Happiness and Better Relations

“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Next time you are in an argument or a situation that you don't like - stop and sit still for five minutes.
For just five minutes hear what the person or situation has to say before you resist.
Let your awareness observe your thoughts before you believe them.
Maybe there is something to learn here.
That which infuriates or disturbs us has a lot to teach us.

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1 comment:

  1. Perfect timing for this. I was just "raked over the coals" by my sister because I did not take serious her needing comfort when she was sick. I was told I have an ice cold heart, I see myself as superior to others, I criticize others, I think the world revolves around me, I need to get a life, I need to show respect, I need to learn compassion and caring. By the time this was all done, I believe she is right. I am all these things. Where do I start to become a better person? A more caring and compassionate person? This is a teaching lesson for me.