“The fundamental cause of our distress. . .is our very mental habits themselves. In an everyday sense, karma—the law of cause and effect—stems from what a Tibetan text refers to as ‘solidified patterns of grasping and fixation.’ These solidified patterns, or mental habits, are also known as ‘emotional and cognitive obscurations,’ the tendency of the mind to repeat patterns of thought and feeling over and over.
“The more often we repeat a mental pattern, the more likely it becomes in the future; in this sense these mental patterns are the seeds of our karma. The path to liberation, to transcending our karma, then, begins with freeing ourselves from the most well-trodden paths—the deepest ruts—of our mind.” Tara Bennett – Goleman, Emotional Alchemy
We need to eliminate obsessions, because even good thoughts, if taken to extremes, do not serve us. If we repeat the same idea over and over, Tara says…
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