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Emotions Help Wake Us Up

June 24, 2013

Book coverBefore we can extend our compassion to others, we first have to extend it to ourselves. How do we do this? We have to look at our own mind and appreciate how our own neurotic expressions—our confused thoughts and disturbing emotions—are actually helping us wake up. Our aggression can help us develop clarity and patience. Our passion can help us let go of attachments and be more generous. Basically, once we see that this mind of confusion is also our mind of awakening, we can appreciate it and have confidence in our ability to work with it. It’s a good mind after all, the mind that will carry us to enlightenment. When we understand this, we can begin to let go of our previous attitude of revulsion toward our emotions.

From Rebel Buddha: A Guide to a Revolution of Mind by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, page 98

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