Beyond emotional reactions

Everything is judged in terms of how it relates to a person’s emotions.

It is quite possible for a human being,
even one who is not enlightened,
to have goals, commitments, and personal convictions
beyond merely emotional reactions and considerations.

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Enlightenment is a Choice

Worthiness, abundance, and joy

From time to time, we have the opportunity to see
that more is possible:
more happiness, more meaning, more joy.

If we look this way,
the heart opens and the mind becomes more clear.

We see the value of teachings and practices that can help us.

Following this path, we focus on body, senses, and feelings,
nourishing the mind with pleasure and training
to relax patterns that constrict and distort experience.

These practices replace the insecurities and negativities inherent in the dualistic mind with a sense of worthiness, abundance, and joy. 

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The Joy of Being

A quieter, more knowing voice

By turning our attention inward,
we can touch a softer, more subtle side of our senses
and learn to listen to a quieter, more knowing voice.

Attentive to our inner responses,
we begin to communicate more fully with our deeper feelings.

At the first sign of agitation
we can sink into the sensation.

Gently we can question ourselves:

Why am I responding in this way?
How did this feeling arise?
Are other responses possible?

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Teachings from the Heart

Penetrating the deeper levels of our experience

Unless we train our minds to be more gentle,
we may never be able to penetrate to
the deeper levels of our own experience.

To open inner channels of communication
that now lie hidden and forgotten,
we must discover new ways of linking body and mind.

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Teachings from the Heart

Touching our deepest feelings

Accustomed to ignoring the body’s subtle communications,
the mind grasps stronger sensations
so roughly that more subtle feelings scatter before it.

To reestablish contact with the body,
we need to fully touch our deepest feelings.

Doing this requires patience as well as compassion.

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Teachings from the Heart

Living wisely in the world

Mind has the power to free itself of its conditioning
and generate vast and magnificent thoughts,
and to bring into being
accomplishments of lasting value to all beings.

With knowledge as the ground of our being,
we can exercise independent thought and action
and take responsibility for living wisely in the world.

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Teachings from the Heart

Breath clears body and mind

All the residues – qualities that you feel pressured ti express verbally but are emotionally hard to release – can be cleared away on the exhaling breath.

These residues have feeling tones – dark red carries the feeling tone of anger and revulsion;

dark black carries anxiety, grasping, and neediness;

and the muddy color carries sluggishness, dullness, and apathy.

Exhale strongly, and reflect on the residues being expelled from your body with the breath.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
The Joy of Being