Four good habits which, if followed, can protect us from being hijacked by extreme emotions.
The idea of karma should not resign us to fate. On the contrary, it can help us to stay psychologically healthy in difficult situations.
We are lonely and fearful, and so we construct identities around us. But they are illusory. In contrast, when we stop trying to control everything, and just attend, our suffering falls away.
Selfishness is one of the great causes of suffering, and learning to value others can be a great source of happiness.
When we project, we push the responsibility for our being onto someone else. We do it to avoid suffering. But, in fact, we end up losing touch with reality, and creating more suffering.
We have great intentions, but untamed minds. The art of counselling is to work with honesty and subtlety to harness the mind, and re-engage with the world afresh.