Our first line of defense against unhappiness is refusing to believe that we are the victims of the bad intentions of others. The formula is: Do not blame the trigger. The world is full of triggers; in fact, life is designed like that, so that we will truly practice.

Ayya Khema in Visible Here and Now by Ayya Khema


To Practice This Thought:
Khema adds: "We can be grateful for all these triggers, as without them we might never recognize our own unfortunate reactions." Be thankful for whatever forces you to deal with your own strong emotions.


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