Opening up startling alternatives

logo dancer burgundy-greenAs human beings, we come to know the world through many filters and structures, ranging from the shapes of our sense organs to the cultures in which we are raised.

Our responses to the world around us, once fresh and spontaneous, gradually get stuck in channels of habit, hardened into place by years of repetition.

Our personalities, too, begin to harden, as we allow ourselves to be governed by these habits and the likes and dislikes they have helped to put into place.

Yogic practice has the potential to alter greatly this channelized character of experience; exercising body strongly in this way opens up sometimes startling alternatives to ordinary approaches to life.

It generates an effect that is immediately tangible at the feeling and energy level.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Kum Nye Dancing

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Embracing the energies of emotions

Once we realize that energy appears in different ways,
we can embrace the energies of the emotions
and bring them into our meditative state.

We can learn to relax within these energies
when we no longer divide up our experiences into positive and negative.

Then the emotions are welcome,
because we understand that they are teachings;
the emotions themselves can reveal their own meaning,
without our needing to look beyond them.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Openness Mind

Awareness that protects ourselves and others…

Our responsibility is to maintain a sense of awareness
that can protect both ourselves and others.

If we are not careful, instead of helping,
we may make the emotional imbalance even worse.

Emotions, being in substance pure energy,
tend to `soak up’ any energy that is directed towards them.

It works both ways:
while our own energy may stir up the emotion,
we may also be `infected’ by the negative energy.

The energy seems to intensify itself,
as if it had a life of its own.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Openness Mind

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Stay with your own understanding…

The final responsibility is yours.

If you think that change will come
by doing what someone else has told you to do;
if you try to follow a plan that an author imposes on you,
you will never fulfill your own destiny.

Instead, stay with your own understanding.

By cultivating awareness and concentration and energy,
you will touch the integrity of your own being
and take control of your own life.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Mastering Successful Work

Every experience is energy

We know that within every feeling or sensation
there is the same pure energy –
that both negative and positive emotions
are flexible manifestations of energy.

Then we know how to use the raw material of experience.

At the beginning of any sensation
we increase and expand it
until it becomes firmly established.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Kum Nye Relaxation

Work as a source of growth and creativity…

When we come to see work as a source of growth and creativity,
we find a flowing energy that carries us through to any goal we choose.

Freed from the guild and anxiety that are often present,
we touch a source of energy and motivation greater than we thought possible.

Life becomes rich and vital.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Skillful Means