Right Practice. . . Practicing doing the right thing in small ways builds the potential to do the right thing in big ways. We are challenged to do the right thing in numerous difficult situations throughout our daily lives. And although most of us are attracted to the idea of doing the right thing even when it’s hard, we often feel inadequate. We’re uncomfortable about whether we can find the way to do the right thing, or it’s not clear to us what the right thing to do is. Sometimes we do the wrong thing because we’re simply ignorant of what the right thing to do is, or we misperceive the situation, or our minds are clouded with greed, anger, or some other emotions. But if you wish to live authentically, it is crucial that you choose to do the right thing as one of your intentions and make it a practice. You can do this by setting the intention that, “In this moment I’m going to do the right thing as best I’m able,” and placing trust in your intention. In making a practice of doing the right thing, become aware of how cognitive dissonance can sometimes effect your actions. For instance, if you’re trying to do the right thing and there’s unpleasantness or a cost involved, notice if you don’t want to see your imperfections because it’s already hard enough. You need to feel you’re right so you can keep on doing it. It’s just human—we can’t handle the cognitive dissonance. We have to feel as though we’re on the side of “right,” and anything that would make us seem as though we’re in the wrong is too much dissonance. Doing the right thing when it’s difficult has a cumulative effect over time because you let loose, at least in that moment, of the attachment to your own well-being, and you discover, “I survived that one!” It also increases the possibility of your doing the right thing again in the future. Peace and Love, Jim #rightpractice #thedailybuddha Buy Me A Coffee – A Easy Way To support The Daily Buddha! The Daily Buddha – Support The Server The Daily Buddha  – Web The Daily Buddha – YouTube The Daily Buddha – Facebook
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