I’ve studied through the slogans a dozen times in my life;
these are my musings on the slogan currently, not a formal interpretation.
For that reason they are less about straight Buddhist teachings,
and I think able to be shared with most practitioners of other faiths or no faith
(unless yours doesn’t allow you to read any other tradition.)
If you have time and the inclination, I published the WHOLE thang here!
For the longest time, this one stymied me.
Then I heard, “What you resist, persists!”
I wish I could remember who said it… Brugh Joy? AA meeting?
Anyhow, it was about not defending, but leaning into whatever harshness was coming up. Instead of defensiveness and guarding your territory,
you breathed in sadness or shame or anger or righteousness or being stupid
or fat or whatever might be being said about you or whatever was criticism was floating around in your own monkeymind, whether accurate or not,
and opened to the possibility that there might be truth in there.
Sometimes not, but the blustering defensiveness is a waste of energy.
If there ever was going to be any change within yourself or your relationship with others, changing the defensive posturing was a beginning.
©D. Katie Powell.
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