Breath to Breath: “The ultimate goal—

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Ice Canyon, Greenland: Photograph by James Balog, National Geographic
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“The ultimate goal—though this is no easy thing and takes time to develop—is to allow everything to come up, with all its energy:
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all of, for instance, your anger and loneliness and despair, to allow these things to arise and be transformed by the light of awareness.
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There is tremendous energy in these states, and much of the time we suppress them, so that we not only lose all the energy that is in them but also expend a great deal keeping them down.
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What we gradually learn is to let these things come up and be transformed, to release their energy.
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You don’t solve your problems in this practice, it is sometimes said, you dissolve them.
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But the wild mind that we all confront when we start discourages many practitioners.
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Buddhist tradition calls it monkey mind, like a drunken monkey swinging through the jungle endlessly looking for bigger and better bananas.”
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