No Expectations

No Expectations Often, when we hear the phrase no expectations, we think of being resigned or defeated, hopeless or even despairing. But if we are truly free of expectations, there is another possibility: we might inhabit an open space, aware and receptive, willing to experience what life offers us in each moment. In Buddhist teaching, this openness to what is happening with close attention is the precursor to a state of joy or piti. It is the opposite of boredom, which is a refusal to be present and aware out of a judgment that what is going on is insufficient and uninteresting. But the experience of joy means to find what is inherently interesting in everything, even if it isn’t exactly

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