PTSD - A Way Out


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The Joy of Life
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Because emotions tend to be vivid and enduring, they can be even more useful than thoughts as supports for meditation.
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My father and my other teachers impressed on me that there are three basic categories of emotion: positive, negative, and neutral.
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Positive emotions—such as love, compassion, friendship, and loyalty—strengthen the mind, build our confidence, and enhance our ability to assist those in need of help.
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Some translations of Buddhist texts refer to such emotions, and the actions connected with them, as “virtuous”—a translation that, at least as I’ve observed among Western audiences, seems to have some sort of moral association.
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In fact, there is no moral or ethical association connected with such actions and emotions.
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As explained to me by a student who has some knowledge of the meanings of Western words, the word virtue, as applied to…

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