“Shake it up baby. Twist and shout.” Don’t let the negative attitudes and emotions stay around. Shake them up and kick them out. They are not helpful, in fact they are harmful. Harmful to us, and to others. “I can’t get no, s a t i s f a c t i o n, but I tried, I tried, I tried, and I tried. I can’t get no, s a t i s f a c t i o n! The world of negative emotions including ignorance we call samsara. It is never fully satisfying. There is always something missing. Even worse, they often bring pain. Pain on the physical level, on the mental level, and on the spiritual level. Please learn how to recognize them, and how to transform them into their positive opposites. Recognize anger and transform it into tolerance, patience, understanding, and compassion. Recognize jealousy and transform it into appreciation. Recognize pride and transform it into humility. And recognize ignorance and transform it into wisdom – Śūnyatā.
When you’re hot, you are hot. When you’re not, you’re not. And that’s o.k. In fact, that is samsaric life. Recognizing the state of our mind on a regular basis is the foundation for dharma […]
Verse 3 from the ‘8 Verses of Mind Training’ by Langri Thangpa reads, “In all activities may I examine my mind; As soon as conflicting emotions arise Endangering myself and others, May I firmly face […]
Life is up and down. This is the nature of samsara. It is never fully satisfying, even when things are going “well.” This is excellent to remember. It helps us reduce our attachment to the […]