It is easy to focus on all the poison in our lives and the world around us. To see all of the anger and injustice in the world. To witness unfairness and outright manipulation by those in power. It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of our days, the pointlessness of what we are doing. At times we all feel helpless and lost, that we have no control over all of the problems in our life.
The practitioner doesn't get caught up in the highs and lows of their day. The don't get caught up in what is right or wrong, what to accept and what to reject. Everything is applied to their practice. Everything is an opportunity to practice.
Anger is poison, use it to practice patience.
Attachment is poison, use it to practice impermanence.
Fear is poison, use it to look deeper and examine your fixation.
Anxiety is poison, use it as a catalyst to train your mind.
Resistance is poison, use it to persevere.
Jealousy is poison, use it to rejoice in the happiness and success of others.
Looking outside yourself is poison, recognize and look within and to your own practice.
Death is the ultimate poison, use it to express gratitude and a profound appreciation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
We get to do this.
We get to transform suffering into the path of realization.
We get to transform our problems and obstacles into growth and accomplishment.
We get to dig deeper and experience everything as the path of liberation.
Knowledge isn't enough. It is not enough to simply know this.
Practice is important. The lived experience is what counts.