Posted by: Upāsaka Subhavi | 11/05/2014

Battling Negativity

There are times when the right thing to do is to simply observe the phenomena of mind and body and, during which, to do otherwise would only cause more suffering. And yet it is not always easy to remember that there are times when we must actively struggle and fight against the defilements and I find myself at just.such a point.

For one making in wisdom it has been difficult to reconcile a practice of gratitude with the cultivation of an ever clearer vision of dukkha (at least on a poorly philosophical level). But as I grow older and unchallenged neuroses ossify I see that the habit of inappropriate attention on the negative aspects of life is causing much suffering and rendering my life bleak and desolate. Even the knowledge that it is pure folly to wait for a day when all will be well cannot surmount the mountains of negativity I have built up. So, what works? Gratitude. Being appreciative of the blessings of my life and refusing to believe the negative perceptions to which I so easily succumb.

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