Emptying the Mind: Breath to breath; part 2

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Distant Oasis: Photograph by Galileo Project/NASA/JPL; Reprocessed by Ted Stryk
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But the reason our greed is so powerful is that we identify with it.
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We regard our particular need as part of a self.
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The energy takes us over, and when we emerge, we find we’ve done something we regret.
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With practice, we develop the capacity to examine craving as a phenomenon.
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We’re not repressing it, but we’re also not getting lost or drowning in it.
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We see it for what it is.
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It is important not to get caught in either of these extremes.
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Often when people begin spiritual practice, they hear that craving is a problem, and they want not to have that problem, so when craving comes up they repress it.
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That never works.
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