Accept and Witness

Call it a two step. No matter what comes up, however hilarious or horrible, do the two step: accept it and witness it.

You don’t have to act on it. You may think that you want to torture puppies. You likely will not actually torture any puppies. Hint: don’t torture puppies.

But also, from the Buddhist perspective, don’t judge yourself for having the thought. It’s just a thought. Thoughts are wispy and ephemeral, unless you grab them and make a huge story out of them. You are not a horrible person for having horrible thoughts.

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William B. Turner

William B. Turner

Uppity gay, Buddhist, author, historian.