Sunday, January 20, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Negative Negativity

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

January 20, 2008


Negativity breeds tension, friction, gossip, discontentment; but it is also very accurate, deliberate, and profound. Unfortunately, the heavy-handed interpretations and judgments we lay on these experiences obscure this fact. These interpretations and judgments are negative negativity, watching ourselves being negative and then deciding that the negativity is justified in being there. The negativity seems good-natured, with all sorts of good qualities in it, so we pat its back, guard it, and justify it. Or if we are blamed or attacked by others, we interpret their negativity as being good for us. In either case, the watcher, by commenting, interpreting, and judging, is camouflaging and hardening the basic negativity.

From "Working with Negativity," in THE MYTH OF FREEDOM and the Way of Meditation, page 93. Shambhala Library edition.

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