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Lions Roar : July 2013
dependent on externals to determine our inner state as we anchor our attention in a larger awareness, one not defined by our outer condition. Our sense of calmness and an inner secu- rity grows stronger as we turn toward a nurturing awareness within, instead of depending on other people for this. Calmness can grow into equanimity during life’s turbulence, which gives us a place to stand within, a nonreactive awareness, and a balanced perspective. What might otherwise have been a negative mode trigger becomes just a neutral part of life’s pass- ing show. Then there are a range of positive feelings, such as generosity, resilience, and playfulness. Enhancing our focus and clarity lets us access more of our minds’ true potential. We have more room to see clearly, whether our own emotional issues or deeper insights, like natural prin- ciples that govern our experiences. Sensing more strongly the impermanent nature of things helped me reframe breaking up with my boyfriend as a part of life rather than some overwhelm- ing tragedy. This freed my spirit and opened up other possibili- ties for finding my own direction. Along with a calm clarity come an understanding and a sense of compassion for the suffering caused by our own—and oth- ers’—distorted mode perceptions. We can see and acknowl- edge the poignancy of our shared human condition. We gain a greater capacity for inner attunement and a growing confidence that we can take charge of our internal worlds—that connect- ing with our true nature in order to gradually make our minds SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2013 72