Chaos, Reality and the Need for Strength of Mind

Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche said, “Chaos should be regarded as extremely good news.”

Take that in for a second.

It probably goes against everything you’ve ever wanted for yourself, right?

But he didn’t mean that chaos would be fun or pleasant to move through. He saw it rather as a good time to use all of our spiritual (and life) skills in a very immediate and practical way.

So if you’re feeling depressed, or anxious, or angry, I get it. I go there sometimes, too. But then I recall this quote, and it reminds me to employ all I’ve spent decades learning, to help make the world a better place.

Ironically enough, this time isn’t about political parties, or even values, unless you mean the simple, human values that bind us all together. We need water, and food, and shelter. Humans need safety and love, too, along with meaning and purpose.

If you’ve been feeling chaotic and ungrounded, finding it difficult to concentrate, you’re not alone. Developing spiritual practices like meditation, connection, visualization, heart-centered awareness and more can really help, no matter what tradition you may come from, or what beliefs you hold. At minimum, you’re liable to feel more balanced and able to withstand some of the more intense energies out there.

Just remember this. No one can defeat strong minds and hearts. No one.

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