It is You – Text reading 5/13/12

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It is You – Text reading 5/13/12

Text reading from May 13th 2012 UZ Practice Period. Excerpt from Essential Zen

One of the things that is realized when you see the nature of self is that what you do and what happens to you are the same thing. Realizing that you do not exist separately from everything else, you realize responsibility: you are responsible for everything you experience. You can no longer say, “He made me angry.” How could he make you angry?  Only you can make you angry. That understanding changes your way of relating to the world and your way of looking at stress. You see that stress is created in your mental processing of your experiences. It usually has to do with separation. Whenever a threat, barrier, or obstacle pops up, our immediate reaction is to pull back, to prepare mentally or physically to fight or run. If you become the barrier – become the fear, the pain, the anger – by expressing it fully without judgment or avoiding or running away, and then let it go, there is no barrier. Actually, there is no way to pull away from it; you can not run away.  There is no where to run to, nothing to run from: it is you.

– John Daido Loori


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