How much thinking do we add to our seeing?
What's that sound? It's a sound!
Buddhism -- give up beliefs! Go beyond beliefs and assumptions, seek what is dependable.
We never have the experience of others seeing us...
The two-part remedy for shyness is:
from the first moment of meditation we have a chance to question our assumptions - or to follow them blindly into the confusion they generate
Guilt tells you what you are, regret is a message to act upon
Blame, guilt - or regret?
Blame: a story told by ego to polish its virtue.
FRIEND - someone who nurtures your ego, i.e. an enemy.
ENEMY - someone who threatens your ego, a true friend.
My Midas touch: everything I see turns to thought
Be careful about equating the ability to calm thinking with being a Buddhist master. How much freedom from thinking do we need, to reach the jewel of understanding which then makes thinking not a problem? We could spend years manipulating our mind into thought-free states unnecessarily.