Friday, July 11, 2014

Weekly Quotes Part 27

The Mindfulness Path to Self-Compassion 

Sadness is a “soft” emotion—there can be an opening to others, a readiness to receive help.  Anger and hatred, in contrast, are “hard” emotions that flatly reject others.  Soft feelings—sadness, guilt, rejection, embarrassment—require that we befriend them and go through them, feel them until they pass on their own.  Hard feelings like anger require different treatment.  We “let go” or “abandon” anger and hatred, whereas soft feelings become workable when we pass through them.  When we let go of hard feelings, we usually discover soft feelings underneath.  For example, beneath anger is often longing for connection, fear, sadness, or loss.  (117)

We don’t want to eliminate negative feelings—we just don’t want to get stuck on them.  (117)

A review of over 225 published papers showed that positive emotions are related to happiness, and happy people are more likely to be successful in life and resilient in the face of misfortune.  They’re more creative, less racially biased, more likely to succeed to work, and have more satisfactory relationships  (120)

Research shows that expressing anger actually increases the likelihood that we’ll get angry again.  The only way to reduce anger is to stop practicing it—to stop feeding the emotional habit.  (120)

Loving-kindness meditation uses the power of connection, whereas mindfulness meditation primarily uses attention.  (132-133)

Misquoting Jesus

This is not a dispute between scholars who think the text has been altered and those who think it has not.  Everyone knows that the text has been changed; the only question is which reading represents the alteration and which represents the earliest attainable form of the text.  Here scholars sometimes disagree.  (94)

Clearly, the predictors of doom in our own age—the Hal Lindseys (author of The Late Great Planet Earth) and the Timothy LaHayes (coauthor of the Left Behind series)—have had their predecessors, just as they will have their successors, world without end.  (110)

There is even better evidence than this speculative question of which reading the scribes were more likely to invent.  As it turns out, we don’t have any Greek manuscripts of Mark that contain this passage [Mark 1:39-45] until the end of the fourth century, nearly three hundred years after the book was produced.  But we do have two authors who copied this story within twenty years of its first production.  (135)

It is obviously important to know whether Jesus was said to feel compassion or anger in Mark 1:41; whether he was calm and collected or in deep distress in Luke 22: 43-44; and whether he was said to die by God’s grace or “apart from God” in Heb. 2:9.  (149)

The New Testament itself emerge out of these conflicts over God )or the gods), as one group of believers acquired more converts than all the others and decided which books should be included in the canon of scripture.  (153)

The Happiness Project

I’m not happy unless I think I’m happy—and by pushing myself to be mindful of my happiness, I can truly experience it.  (285)

When I was feeling unhappy, I felt dispirited, lethargic, defensive, and uninterested in other people; even worse, when I felt angry or resentful, I searched for excuses to feel even more angry and resentful.  On the other hand, when I felt happy, I was more likely to be lighthearted, generous, creative, kind, encouraging, and helpful.  (285)

The Art of Storytelling

Communication is a skill that can be learned.  This is done one step at a time.  (84)

People tend to believe what they see instead of what they hear.  (100)

For simple occasions, the easiest way to warm up is to quietly sing a variety of songs.  I usually choose songs that force me to go from low to high.  In addition, I do the normal “ha, ha, ha, he, he, he, ho, ho ho, hu, hu, hu” exercises.  (109)

[N]ervousness is not a weakness at all.  (115)

[T]he power is in the story—not my comments about it.  (134)

Letter to a Christian Nation

Understand that the way you view Islam is precisely the way devout Muslims view Christianity.  (7)

To the degree that our actions can affect the experience of other creatures positively or negatively, questions of morality apply.  (8)

If you think that Christianity is the most direct and undefiled expression of love and compassion the world has ever seen, you do not know much about the world’s other religions.  (11)

Admonishments of this kind [The Ten Commandments] are found in virtually every culture throughout recorded history.  (21)

People have been cherry-picking the Bible for millennia to justify their every impulse, moral and otherwise.  (38)

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