Being Awake and Purposeful

The awakening mind is like an elixir that can transform base iron into gold. This is because when we cultivate the awakening mind within ourselves, even our external behavior, the way we speak and the way we behave toward other people can be transformed.1

—Dalai Lama

First and foremost, you must understand that being awake and purposeful is a choice. It is evident that some people work to live in a conscious state by being self-reflective and in inquiry about why they do what they do. Yet effort is required to stay awake. It takes willpower and resolve to slow down enough to be observant of self. Many people descend into the crush of self-judgment as they work to gain a self-­perspective. Much practice is ...

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