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Hungry Ghosts

In Buddhism, there’s a story about a type of Hell where ghosts are always starving, but as soon as they put food into their mouths, it turns into molten lava or blades of glass (or something painful..honestly, what it is doesn’t really matter).  

No matter how much these ghosts eat, it just causes them more pain and they’re still hungry.  Interestingly enough, the only way to stop the pain and hunger is to choose to ignore the desire and embrace the state of not having everything you want.  

Also in Buddhism, Hell isn’t a place, but a state of mind you can enter and exit at any time during your life.  

Might you be in Hell right now?

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