Daily Wisdom / Ocean of Dharma

Honest Negativity

Book coverWe all experience negativity—the basic aggression of wanting things to be different than they are. We cling, we defend, we attack, and throughout there is a sense of one’s own wretchedness, and so we blame the world for our pain. We experience it as terribly unpleasant, something we want to get rid of. But if we look into it more deeply, negativity is not bad per se, but is something living and precise, connected with reality. The basic honesty and simplicity of negativity can be creative in community as well as in personal relationships.

From The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation by Chögyam Trungpa, pages 93–94

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