Daily Wisdom / Ocean of Dharma

Using Intellect to Understand Life

Book coverIntellectualization has a bad connotation, associated with distancing ourselves from our feelings, refusing to look at ourselves or examine ourselves in a fundamental way. However, using our intellect to understand life is actually quite good. Intellect represents the sharpest point in our experience. Sharpening our intellect brings precision. Intellect brings a direct way of seeing things as they are, so that we don’t neglect the potential in our experience. It teaches us to be aware and precise on the spot.

From Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery by Chögyam Trungpa, pages 29–30

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