“be systematically ascetic or heroic in little unnecessary points”

In a particularly illuminating chapter titled “Three Methods for working with Chaos” (part of her book “When Things Fall Apart”), the Buddhist Teacher Pema Chodron quotes Machig Labdron, a renowned Buddhist who lived in the 11th century AD.

“The advice she was given by her teacher and passed on to her students was, “Approach what you find repulsive, help the ones you think you cannot help, and go to places that scare you.”

In Volume 1 of the 1890 classic “The Principles of Psychology”, the Harvard thinker William James suggest that we “be systematically ascetic or heroic in little unnecessary points,” and “do every day or two something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it.”

Peace 😊