Strengthening and maintaining mental well-being
She highlighted that individuals are often disconnected from reality, asserting that mental health should be evaluated based on one’s motivation and intention, not external opinions.
The talk delved into the roots of mental states like attachment, emphasizing their generation from a misperception of reality, encapsulated in the three poisons: attachment, craving, and clinging greed.
She explored the negative impacts of attachment in relationships, material possessions, and obsessions with power, reputation, and success. Cultivating mindfulness was emphasized to maintain mental well-being.
Finally Thubten Chodron underscored the importance of compassion as an antidote to low self-esteem and negative thoughts. Recognizing irrational beliefs and the transformative power of volunteer work were emphasized.