Sometimes practitioners resent disturbing thoughts and emotions or feel they should be exempt from them. This reflects a mistaken view of the purpose of practice. Instead of resenting mind’s vitality, we can use it to deepen and enrich our practice.
The point of practice is to work with both peaceful and unpeaceful states of mind. Generally, we find unpeaceful thoughts and emotions disturbing. If they relate to our well-being, anxiety arises. But it’s important to know that this is all very natural. Thoughts are the fruit of our karma; emotions and anxiety are like the juice of the fruit. Experiencing them doesn’t we necessarily mean we have lost our seat as a practitioner.
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
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