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WisdomWednesday 10
Tip: Stop Throwing So Many Darts at Yourself

There’s a Buddhist notion of the 1st dart and 2nd dart.

The 1st dart is just what life throws at you. It’s the curve balls; the things you didn’t expect or want. It’s the twists and turns that are just part of life. It’s the shit that happens. 

The 2nd dart - and all the subsequent darts thereafter - are all the ones you throw at yourself. 

The 2nd darts are you asking “Why me?” “Why this?” “Why now?”

The 2nd darts are your judgments. Your feeling of insecurity or lack of self-worth. They are your unskillful patterns that keep you stuck. They are you perpetuating the same dysfunctional decision making or relationships. They are self-inflicted.

Where does the true suffering come from???

...the 2nd darts.

So when life throws you the shit you don’t want, don’t like, or don’t have time for, be aware and mindful of how you respond to them, and be honest and self-compassionate with yourself in asking how you are making this situation better or worse.

How you respond makes all the difference in the world.

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Joree Rose, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #93545 and founder of the Bay Area Mindfulness and Therapy Center, in Northern California. She is the creator of the JOURNEY FORWARD WITH JOREE ROSE podcast, offers online courses in mindfulness and meditation, and leads retreats around the world. She also has two mindfulness books for kids published, speaks locally and nationally, as well as does corporate trainings in mindfulness. At the root of all her work, Joree guides her clients to JOURNEY FORWARD,  which means getting unstuck from what’s not working in your life (habits, patterns, outdated stories you are living by, relationships or jobs that are no longer serving you) and gaining the tools, shifting your mindset and integrating science-backed frameworks that will lead to lasting change towards your authentic happiness, peace and joy. A big piece of my work is my story –I have Journeyed Forward, and I am a living example of the tools I teach, so I know that not only do the tools that I teach work, but that change and growth is possible. Happiness is attainable!
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