Discovering basic goodnesss

A great deal of chaos in the world occurs because people don’t appreciate themselves. Having never developed sympathy or gentleness toward themselves, they cannot experience harmony or peace within themselves, and therefore, what they project to others is also inharmonious and confused. Instead of appreciating our lives, we often take our existence for granted or we find it depressing and burdensome.

When you don’t punish or condemn yourself, when you relax more and appreciate your body and mind, you begin to contact the fundamental notion of basic goodness in yourself.  So it is extremely important to be willing to open yourself to yourself.  Developing a tenderness towards yourself allows you to see your problems and your potential accurately.  You don’t feel that you have to ignore your problems or exaggerate your potential. That kind of gentleness toward yourself and appreciation of yourself is very necessary. It provides the ground for helping yourself and others.

~ Chögyam Trungpam, Shambala, The Sacred Path of the Warrior

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“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’ ~ Jack Kerouac, On The Road Again
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2 Responses to Discovering basic goodnesss

  1. Phil says:

    The irony in our lives is that there is so much we wish to accomplish and experience, that the mind races at all the possibilities; yet the only true way to take it in with extraordinary sensory awareness is to slow it down, almost to a grinding halt so that all the senses can become acutely aware and responsive to it all. No easy task. It requires discipline and habit, but it is almost always worth the effort.

    Another thought provoking post – thanks!

  2. I find your response quite thought-provoking too.

    I find myself in need of slowing it down almost to a grinding halt. I definitely could use some discipline, lol.



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