Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Aiming for truth

     "If our orientation is simply to feel better in each moment, then we’ll continue to delude ourselves, because trying to feel better in the moment is exactly how we delude ourselves. We think our delusions are making us feel better. In order to awaken, we must break out of the paradigm of always seeking to feel better. Of course, we want to feel better; it’s part of the human experience. Everybody wants to feel good. We are hardwired to seek more pleasure and less pain. But there is an even deeper impulse within us ... the impulse to awaken.
      It’s this impulse to awaken that gives us the courage to look at all the ways in which we deceive ourselves. It is an impulse that calls us to take responsibility for our own lives.”
     Adyashanti. The end of your world. Uncensored straight talk on the nature of enlightenment. Sounds True, Boulder, Colorado, 2010.

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