One day Mara, the Evil One, was travelling through the villages of India with his attendants. he saw a man doing walking meditation whose face was lit up on wonder. The man had just discovered something on the ground in front of him. Mara’s attendant asked what that was and Mara replied, “A piece of truth.” “Doesn’t this bother you when someone finds a piece of truth, O Evil One?” his attendant asked. “No,” Mara replied. “Right after this, they usually make a belief out of it.”

Un día Mara, el diabólico, estaba viajando con sus adeptos por India. Vió a un hombre haciendo meditación caminando con un una expresión de arrobamiento en su rostro. El hombre justo acababa de descubrir algo en el suelo frente a él.  Uno de los ayudantes de Mara le preguntó qué era y Mara respondió: “un trozo de verdad”. “¿No te molesta cuando alguien encuentra un trozo de verdad, oh diabólico?”, preguntó el ayudante. “No”, respondió Mara, “Justo después, normalmente hacen una creencia de ella”

From 108 Treasures for the Heart: A Guide for Daily Living by Benny Liow

“Lo que niegas te somete, lo que aceptas te transforma”. Carl G Jung.

Our world is dangerously driven by religious doctrines that all educated people should condemn, and yet there is more to understanding the human condition than science and secular culture generally admit. One purpose of this book is to give both these convictions intellectual and empirical support.

Nuestro mundo está peligrosamente conducido por doctrinas religiosas que toda persona culta debería condenar, pero aun para entender la condición humana hay más de lo que la ciencia y la cultura secular generalmente admite. Uno de los objetivos de este libro es dar a estas dos convicciones soporte intelectual y empírico

Sam Harris. “Waking up

Breaking the Spell of Negative Emotions

Most of us let our negative emotions persist longer than is necessary. Becoming suddenly angry, we tend to stay angry—and this requires that we actively produce the feeling of anger. We do this by thinking about our reasons for being angry—recalling an insult, rehearsing what we should have said to our malefactor, and so forth—and yet we tend not to notice the mechanics of this process. Without continually resurrecting the feeling of anger, it is impossible to stay angry for more than a few moments.

While I can’t promise that meditation will keep you from ever again becoming angry, you can learn not to stay angry for very long. And when talking about the consequences of anger, the difference between moments and hours—or days—is impossible to exaggerate.

Even without knowing how to meditate, most people have experienced having their negative states of mind suddenly interrupted. Imagine, for instance, that someone has made you very angry—and just as this mental state seems to have fully taken possession of your mind, you receive an important phone call that requires you to put on your best social face. Most people know what it’s like to suddenly drop their negative state of mind and begin functioning in another mode. Of course, most then helplessly grow entangled with their negative emotions again at the next opportunity.

Become sensitive to these interruptions in the continuity of your mental states. You are depressed, say, but are suddenly moved to laughter by something you read. You are bored and impatient while sitting in traffic, but then are cheered by a phone call from a close friend. These are natural experiments in shifting mood. Notice that suddenly paying attention to something else—something that no longer supports your current emotion—allows for a new state of mind. Observe how quickly the clouds can part. These are genuine glimpses of freedom.

The truth, however, is that you need not wait for some pleasant distraction to shift your mood. You can simply pay close attention to negative feelings themselves, without judgment or resistance. What is anger? Where do you feel it in your body? How is it arising in each moment? And what is it that is aware of the feeling itself? Investigating in this way, with mindfulness, you can discover that negative states of mind vanish all by themselves.

Sam Harris. Waking up.