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Lions Roar : September 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2011 12 simply be trapped in our mind. We need to be in union with our environment, which means appreciating “other.” This element of organic chemistry applies to life as a whole. When the mind is full of gentleness and humor—as well as precision and strength—a tremendous dignity arises. Because dignity comes from being fully present, genuine dignity exudes synchronicity. Things feel right, and it shows. With synchronicity of mind and body, we have no hesitation or laziness in grooming ourselves. However, being well groomed and well dressed does not necessarily ensure a sense of dignity. For example, if you are well dressed and engaged in nonvirtuous activities, there is a dull or sinister glow. When you are fully engaged in bravery with body and mind, an electric feeling results. It is magnificence, embodiment, syn- ergy. This dignity can occur anywhere in the social spectrum. We take delight in eating good food and enjoying a drink. With bravery in our lives, our body moves gracefully. We are free from the habitual neurosis of gossip and idle speech. The mind and body are not simply working well together: they are like a well-oiled machine, or music from an orchestra, or the perfectly matched steps of a couple dancing. When body and mind are synchronized there is an overall sense of balance: no discrepancy between what we think and what we do. On the other hand, when we are unsynchronized, we are unable to do what we think. We read inspiring words and foster kindness in our mind, but then we find ourselves saying some- thing snide or negative about a coworker. In that moment, brav- ery of mind did not translate into bravery of speech. This lack of synchronicity affects our overall dignity. It is obvious to others and to ourselves. If body and mind are not synchronized, we could say that the problem is laziness. But the Shambhala teachings generally emphasize positive themes, so we focus on the antidote. In this case, we activate the fourth kind of bravery—realizing the dignity of mind and body being synchronized. This antidote is about applying bravery as a way of overcoming our habitual patterns. Bravery makes obsolete our self-perpetuated neurosis. What allows this synchronicity to occur is a lack of hesitation and an openness to the world. Similarly, abandoning personal habits allows one dancer to flow with another. This is bravery because there is a lack of hesitation and an appreciation for other. When a couple is united, they feel a primordial synchronicity that manifests as love, and a dignity that goes beyond either individual. They glow. Anilluminatingjourneythroughthedilemmaofseeking&theparadoxofouralreadyinherentTrue-Nature–atimelessworkthatisatoncebothclarifyinganduniquelycompelling–PAPERBACK208PAGES-FORFURTHERINFORMATION&SELECTEDEXCERPTSPLEASEGOTOAmritaPress.com Notes From a Circuitous Journey NICOLAS ROWE THE KOAN OF SIMPLICITY o