Awhile back I posted this quote from Chogyam Trungpa:
It’s an awesome quote, and really rings true for so many of us. I wondered what the context was, but didn’t really research it too much. But this morning I started reading his book Shambala: the Sacred Path of the Warrior, and I found the rest of it. It’s so good, and so true, so I thought I’d share it here:
“A great deal of chaos in the world occurs because people don’t appreciate themselves. Having never developed sympathy or gentleness towards themselves, they cannot experience harmony or peace within themselves, and therefore, what they project to others is also inharmonious and confused. Instead of appreciating our lives, we often take our existence for granted or we find it depressing or burdensome. People threaten to commit suicide because they aren’t getting what they think they deserve out of life. They blackmail others with the threat of suicide, saying that they will kill themselves if certain things don’t change. Certainly we should take our lives seriously, but that doesn’t mean driving ourselves to the brink of disaster by complaining about our problems or holding a grudge against the world. We have to accept personal responsibility for uplifting our lives.
When you don’t punish or condemn yourself, when you relax more and appreciate your body and mind, you begin to contact the fundamental notion of basic goodness in yourself.”
And now, I will submit this post for your consideration and then spend some time considering it myself.