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Lions Roar : May 2014
and fluidity, we are prone either to depres- sion that cripples our ability to act or to elation that burns us out. Equanimity toward what is happening engenders a quality of steadiness, and at the same time frees us to continually move forward out of our comfort zone. In meditation, you’re engaging in something powerful—the ability to actu- ally experience your goodness and engen- der a deep sense of security in it. The process of allowing your consciousness to waken and rise is symbolized by the sun, which represents the absence of igno- rance. It is the luminosity within your own consciousness. This wisdom is the source of all hap- piness, because it has the potency to overcome suffering. Even momentarily reflecting on it brings dignity because its brilliance overcomes doubts and hesita- tions about our own worthiness. When we can rest in its self-generating, all-inclu- sive quality, our mind is no longer raven- ous with desire, which only leads to more consumption. We can release ourselves from the trap of materialism and bask in the confidence of goodness. This is not a belief, but a feeling that we know and embody by practicing repeatedly in order to fold what we’re experiencing into our being until we make it our own. Our journey trains us in the skills of mindfulness and awareness, which lead to equanimity and wisdom. This is where basic goodness begins to manifest as we recognize the potent quality of the human mind and spirit. If we understand and appreciate our worthiness, our life becomes a truly spiritual path, for when we manifest human dignity, our society has a natural predisposition to manifest it also. If enough of us take this view, the fab- ric of our society will be completely inter- laced with the sun of goodness, which allows the dignity of wisdom, kindness, and strength to arise naturally. The mes- sage of interdependence is that we are in the matrix of life, and there are no com- mercial breaks. By strengthening our own humanity, we engender confidence in the worthiness of humanity itself. ♦ ®® shambhala sun may 2014 15