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Opening the Gate: Finding Freedom in Feeling [1]

24 Feb Posted by in Buddhist, Podcast | Comments
Opening the Gate: Finding Freedom in Feeling [1]

The path of Buddhism begins by acknowledging the pervasive truth of suffering, not passively as mental concept but actively as lived experience. Yet for many this painful prospect may lead to complete avoidance of messy, raw and emotional aspects of being human in favor of a more “spiritual” approach, even using spiritual practice as a defense mechanism. John Welwood coined the term “spiritual bypassing” to describe this process.

However without recognizing and opening to this vulnerable space, what Chogyam Trungpa calls the “soft spot”, one further entrenches negative behavior patterns and emotionally reactivity. By learning to feel — honestly, rawly and nakedly — we become fully human, emotionally mature and authentically open to our awakened nature, both pure and spacious.

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