three poisons: greed, anger and ignorance

simply stephen / June 14, 2011

Part 1 of 4 in a series on the poisons of life

ignorance the hidden poison
anger the most harmful poison
greed the strongest poison
three poisons: greed, anger and ignorance

A few months ago I saw the following quote and it really resonated with me.

Remember there are three poisons: greed, anger and ignorance. Do not deny their existence but turn them around and you have generosity, compassion and wisdom. ~Clifton Bradley

If you want to improve your life, you must follow a path that eliminates the three poisons. That will help you discover contentment. It is the closest thing to help discover the meaning of life.

We have a tendency to fight changes. We resist. In the end it is futile. After all the only certainty is death and taxes.

Learn to embrace change instead.

If you can remove the poisons (and there are more than just the three above), you can start to enjoy a more meaningful and less stressful life.

life begins to make sense

The more you resist, the harder it gets because you are digging a hole that is harder and harder to climb out of.

When I went to my Vipassana Meditation, an 11 day silent retreat, many lessons were learned. One such lesson was to release your mind of thought in meditation. This stops you from over thinking life. However, the ultimate lesson came down to just two things – eliminate your cravings and judgements.

No easy task!

But if you make the effort you will find that life becomes a little more clear. You stop worrying about all the external things and it gives you a chance to pursue whatever focus you have in mind!

Instead of overwhelming you with a lengthy article on the poison’s in life, I’ll take the time to help you explore each one in a little more detail with a series of articles. Until next time, when we will talk about greed.

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