Lama Jigme Gyatso
The Good Thing about Nightmares - 31aug21a
The good thing about nightmares is that they provide us with a safe space where we can quietly and harmlessly go quite insane. Where fleeing, and screaming, and flailing about, as petulantly as we please, are rather appropriate. We are wired for fear. And from the perspective of natural selection it has kept us alive. What is the ideal response to fear. Shall we indulge it as Master Yoda warned young Anakin against when first the met in “The Phantom Menace?” Shall we repress it? The Buddha suggest that is could be best to notice it: vulnerable, passively, viscerally, and spontaneously as we inhale. We are to then mentally release our terror, while we physically relax during our exhalation. There! Just like you did, just then.
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