1. How to Deal with Insult and Injury

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    Adapt, Adjust and Accommodate

    It is easy to sit and meditate. The most difficult part is to practice bearing  injury, learning to adapt, adjust and accommodate. These are teachings of the great saint and sage of the Himalayas, Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. You can do your prayer, meditation, spiritual practice by yourself. But what about your attitude when you deal with people, when you work with them day in and day out? That is where you have to prove that you have achieved something in your spiritual practices.

    If a person practices adapting, adjusting and accommodating, he would never point a finger at others and blame them. Even if another person is at fault, if you know how to adapt, adjust and accommodate you are rise above those situations. Still, the most difficult thing is to bear insult and injury. That needs a tremendous capacity to keep the mind under your thumb.

    Do your daily work, deal with everyone, move with everybody. Be in ocean, but learn to surf well. ~ Sri Swami Satchidananda

    Source: Spiritual Now

     

  2. Practice Peace

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    Peace is built on the foundations of other spiritual practices: connections, compassion, justice, unity. It is a goal of all spiritual people. Peace is an inner state of well-being and calm. It is also an outer project of promoting nonviolence, conflict resolution, and cooperation in the world.

    Practice peace by refusing to participate in violence either directly or indirectly. Try to stay composed no matter how agitated the people around you become. Meet conflict with equanimity. Disarm yourself — lower your guard — as a first step in disarming the world.

    The inner mirrors the outer. Those conditions that upset the equilibrium of the world — anger, aggression, discord — upset our inner peace as well. You need to deal with them on both levels. Encounters with violence — a contrast to peace — invariably demonstrate the importance of this practice.

    Feeling worried, upset, or “crazed” can also get you started doing peace. These states often signify that your emotions have gotten the best of you, and a practice to restore your equanimity is needed. Being even-tempered creates a feeling of serenity. And whereas being agitated can drain your energy, inner calm increases your stamina so that you can sustain your efforts to make the world a more peaceful place. This time the inner supports the outer.

    Source: Spirituality and Practice

     


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Major Differences

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My Reflection

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Just the way it is

1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
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