This slogan refers to the practice of transforming adverse circumstances and situations into the path of awakening. It is a reminder not to respond to things in a habitual way, but rather to respond with understanding, openness, and courage by maintaining a sense of awareness. We shouldn’t think of meditation as something we only do if we’re sitting on a cushion, but should treat everyday situations as meditations by focusing our mind on whatever arises. There’s nothing we can’t utilize for our own and others’ benefit if we use both fortunate and unfortunate circumstances to train the mind.
From The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind by Traleg Kyabgon, page 117