“A clear and tranquil mind results from cultivating friendliness towards those who are happy, compassion towards those who suffer, joy towards the virtuous, and impartiality towards wrongdoers.”
– Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
When I read this the first time I read that “a clear and tranquil mind results in cultivating…” I think it works both ways, that is my experience.
I am so grateful for experiencing both a tranquil mind and a turbulent mind. With a turbulent mind, it is difficult to cultivate compassion, sympathetic joy and to be present and alert. With a tranquil mind these qualities come naturally. Recently I have had the experience of worldly matters occupying my mind, scuffing away the tranquility that I had cultivated. I am also grateful for this experience, getting a deeper understanding of the value of simplicity in life and seeing the effect of the material world on my spiritual nature.
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