ASSIGNMENT FOUR: Please read and think about this quotation:
“The mind is fickle and flighty, it flies after fancies and whatever it likes; it is difficult indeed to restrain. But it is a great good to control the mind; a mind self-controlled is a source of great joy.”
–Buddha’s Teachings (Penguin Classics, p. 8).
Question for you to answer: Please read An interview conducted with Roberto Assagioli by Sam Keen. Identify and discuss at least two strategies Assagioli recommends to strengthen mental discipline or “self-management.” Include at least one direct quotation from the article.
Additional background for reflection (Assignment Four)
(Note: materials labeled “for reflection” do not require written responses)
Many cultures use stories to help people enhance emotional intelligence (long-term, less self-centered thinking). We can’t confirm the original source of the following legend (you’ll see it here: “First People: American Indian Legends), but think it summarizes what we now recognize as a science-based understanding of competing components of human nature (selfish and cooperative):
“An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. ‘A fight is going on inside me,’ he said to the boy.
‘It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil — he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.’ He continued, ‘The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
The same fight is going on inside you — and inside every other person, too.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, ‘Which wolf will win?’
The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’
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