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Monday, March 29, 2010

"Sitting with uncomfortable feelings..."

  "Yet it is here- at futility's brink- where we can begin to free ourselves.  The cycle of craving is interrupted when we learn how to stop.  "Sitting with uncomfortable feelings, getting friendly with the hole you really are, you realize that emptiness is not really a problem," says Buddhist teacher David Loy.  "It's our ways of trying to escape it that turn it into a problem."  When we learn to tolerate this empty feeling within, instead of binge-feeding the hungry ghosts, an important, metanoia-like turnaround occurs (Buddhists call it paravritti), when the "festering hole at our core turns into a life-healing flow springing up spontaneously from we know not where," in Loy's words.  "The empty core becomes a place where there is now awareness of something other than, greater than, my usual sense of self- greater than I understand myself to be."

Mark Matousek, When You're Falling, Dive, p. 197

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