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Become the Panic

Book coverUsually when panic arises, we try to brush it off and occupy ourselves with something else. There is somebody very reasonable in us, who says, “This is your imagination. Everything is going to be okay. Don’t worry. Take a rest. Have a glass of milk.” But if instead you go along with the panic and become the panic, there is a lot of room in the panic, because the panic is full of air bubbles, so to speak. It is very spacious. You probably find yourself suspended in the midst of panic, which is suspended in space.

From Orderly Chaos: The Mandala Principle by Chögyam Trungpa, page 116.

2 thoughts on “Become the Panic

  1. Hello fellows,
    This excerpt has given me the chance to understand the impact panic can have on my life. Ani Pema Chodron has taught the practice of Tonglen to me. The initial suspended state of panic becomes very closed, short breathed, and negative feelings of worry emerge. But, as I breathe in this pain that either I witness someone else experience the pain or I directly experience the pain, I can then breath out open, roomy, and more joyful thoughts of expression. I have been practicing tonglen in my life since 2007 and it helps me to relate to pain and suffering I and others can experience, in turn breaking down my fear barriers. Over time, with less fear there has become lesser panic. Thanks for letting me reflect and share.
    Jason, Chicago, IL, USA

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