The actual beneficiary of the practice of compassion and caring for others is oneself.
—DALAI LAMA, ILLUMINATING THEPATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT
Ben was experiencing a lot of frustration in his life. Currently unemployed, he wasn’t happy with himself, and he was disappointed in people around him. He needed a job, that’s what everything came down to. Every day that he didn’t have one, he grew more angry at the world. Although he felt entitled to his anger, he also felt trapped in it. Nothing positive was happening in his life, he told me. Without a job or potential work, he felt no spark.
In our sessions, we talked about how beneficial the simple act of gratitude can be. Ben decided to start writing ...