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Lions Roar : November 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2009 51 so the problem begins in a very simple way. When body and mind are unsynchronized, you feel like a caricature of yourself, almost like a primordial idiot or a clown. In that situation, it is very difficult to relate to the rest of the world. that is a simplified version of what is known as the setting-sun mentality: having completely lost track of the basic harmony of being human. the idea of the setting sun is that the sun is already setting in your world, and you cannot rise above the darkness. you feel that there is only misery, clouds, the dungeon, life in the gutter. to compensate for that, you might go to a very dark dungeon with bad lighting, where you get drunk. that is called a club. you dance like a drunken ape who has forgotten bananas and its home in the jungle a long time ago. so it feasts on cheap beer while wiggling its tail. there is nothing wrong with dancing per se, but in this case it is a form of escaping from or avoiding your fear. It’s very sad. that is the setting sun. It’s a dead end, a very dead end. In contrast to that, the great eastern sun is the sun that is fully risen in your life. It is the sun of wakefulness, the sun of hu- man dignity. It is great because it represents upliftedness and the qualities of openness and gentleness. you have an uplifted sense of posture or place in your world, which we call having good head and shoulders. It is in the east because you have a smile on your face. east is the concept of dawn. When you look outside first thing in the morning, you see light coming from the east, you have something in yourself that is fundamentally, basically good. It transcends the notion of good or bad. something that is worthwhile, wholesome, and healthy exists in all of us.