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#713554 - 09/12/11 04:32 AM Re: Working with Difficult Emotions - anger, greed... [Re: Lisa - Buddhism]  
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Thanks Lisa. You are both so understanding, and I am so happy to be here.

#732407 - 12/20/11 05:25 PM Re: Working with Difficult Emotions - anger, greed... [Re: Lisa - Buddhism]  
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I decided to add my current post onto this thread, because it has been one of the more popular threads this year, and it's worth revisiting as we head into the New Year. I always think of Solstice as a time to go inward and work with my 'shadows' in preparation for the 'rebirth' opportunity of the New Year...

This week I posted a review of Tsultrim Allione's Audio Course The Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine. Despite the name, this course is not a women's spirituality offering. Instead it is of the same tradition that inspired this original post - practices for acknowledging and transmuting the parts of ourselves thayt obstruct our happiness - anger, ignorance, fear, greed, unworthiness, etc.

In the practice she offers here, we work to transform our expression of these energies from their obstructed to their enlightened state...

I'd love to hear anyone's take on the energies they feel they most embody and would like to transform in the New Year!

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#732921 - 12/22/11 03:28 AM Re: Working with Difficult Emotions - anger, greed... [Re: Lisa - Buddhism]  
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If I think about negative emotion in my world it seems to be frustration. Maybe frustration that things are slower / more challenging than they "need to be". But then I have to accept that in our imperfect world that they are NORMAL the way they are. I am expecting something unrealistic. That is unfair. I should be grateful for the speed I get.


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#733040 - 12/22/11 05:00 PM Re: Working with Difficult Emotions - anger, greed... [Re: Lisa - Buddhism]  
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That's interesting Lisa, because having met you, you seem like a very calm, patient person. But I also get frustrated with things not being as 'efficient' as they could be...if that's the cause of the frustration, in this particular Buddhist psychological system it would probably be classified as a perfectionist tendency, and could be a combination Vajra/Karma type...the enlightened expression of these types is 'clear, insightful, truthful' in the case of the Vajra, and 'compassionate, service-oriented, productive' in the case of the Karma type, and that seems to fit you quite well!


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#733770 - 12/24/11 11:44 PM Re: Working with Difficult Emotions - anger, greed... [Re: Lisa - Buddhism]  
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Dear Lisa -

I do strive to be patient but I'm not always successful smile

I was thinking about this some more, and an analogy I came up with is planning out a drive an expecting all lights to be green along the way. That would be an unrealistic expectation, but I think I do that sometimes. Instead, I should plan out a trip expecting at least half the lights to be red, because that is *normal*. And if it's a critical trip to make in a certain amount of time, I should expect that it *could* be that on this trip all lights happen to be red, and account for that possibility.

That way I can work towards my goals smoothly, even though life has its chaotic moments.


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