Daily Teaching for Thursday, June 13th

We often resist things that are unpleasant, particularly if we have experienced them before. Nobody likes a headache, but we can get ourselves into a place of heavy resistance that actually magnifies the intensity of the headache. If we approach a returning unpleasant experience with an attitude of “hello old friend, what are you here to teach me today?” we will decrease both our resistance and our suffering. We choose to have an inquiring mind that watches our experience. When we do that, we notice that unpleasant sensations aren’t constant, but ebb and flow – and eventually they do go away. There is much truth in the old maxim, “what you resist, persists.” Of course, there are some sensations that should lead us to call 911 immediately!

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