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The Best Part of Human Instinct

January 28, 2010

Everybody possesses the unconditioned possibility of cheerfulness, which is not connected purely with pain or pleasure. You have an inclination: in the flash of one second, you feel what needs to be done. It is not a product of your education; it is not scientific or logical; you simply pick up on the message. And then you act; you just do it. That basic human quality of suddenly opening up is the best part of human instinct. That is what we call basic goodness and unconditional instinct. . . . Although you might be in the worst of the worst shape, still that goodness does exist.

From "Working with Early Morning Depression," in Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala,  page 27.

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