In a really interesting thread, Cory Muscara shared some of the profound epiphanies he had while meditating with Buddhist monks.

The following is a selection that struck a chord:


A sign of growth is having more tolerance for discomfort. But it’s also having less tolerance for bullshit.

Procrastination is the refusal or inability to be with difficult emotions.

Desires that arise in agitation are more aligned with your ego. Desires that arise in stillness are more aligned with your soul.

Your mind doesn’t wander. It moves toward what it finds most interesting. If you want to focus better, become more curious about what’s in front of you.

The moment before letting go is often when we grip the hardest.

You don’t find your ground by looking for stability. You find your ground by relaxing into instability.

There is no set of conditions that leads to lasting happiness. Lasting happiness doesn’t come from conditions; it comes from learning to flow with conditions.

Real confidence looks like humility. You no longer need to advertise your value because it comes from a place that does not require the validation of others.

Your mind doesn’t wander. It moves toward what it finds most interesting. If you want to focus better, become more curious about what’s in front of you.

There are 3 layers to a moment: Your experience, your awareness of the experience, and your story about the experience. Be mindful of the story.

One of the deepest forms of peace we can experience is living in integrity. You can lie to other people about who you are, but you can’t lie to your heart.

Monks love to fart while they meditate. The wisdom of letting go expresses itself in many forms.

You can’t life-hack wisdom. Do the work.


This last one shows the difference between reading these, thinking about them, and writing down my favourites. For these to really be “learning,” it will take a lot of work.

You can’t life-hack wisdom indeed.

Thank you Cory for doing the work and sharing the lessons.

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