“Watch your language!”

When I was growing up, my mother used to warn: “Watch your language!” Although at the time the advice was mostly in reference to proper diction and avoidance of slang, it merits constant attention.

We often make statements that may seem innocuous, or even colorful, but that plant strong negative images in our storehouse consciousness. “Dead,” “nailed”, “broke”, “lost”, “beat”, “devastated”, and a host of other such expressions are not only exaggerations that vastly exceed an accurate description of our current states, but also generate an internal narrative of drama.

While we and our intended audience may consciously understand that we do not truly mean what has been said, the storehouse consciousness does not make such distinctions. Mindfulness requires that we use language accurately, and that we use speech to reflect and support our spiritual cultivation.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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