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Lojong Slogan 29 ~ Abandon Poisonous Food

This is part 29 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training practice.

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The practice of loving kindness can become a poison if we let our egos get in on the act. Ego-fixation is seen as a poison in lojong. As humans, we tend to habitually solidify our idea of self, of being separate from others, and even of being better than others. For those more spiritually minded, this can become shrouded in the idea of being more loving, compassionate or less judgmental than others. This turns a pure practice into poison, further separating us from those we do not deem “as spiritual” as we are. I’ve seen this in myself at times when I’m unable to talk to someone who doesn’t “get it”. When we truly meet people where they are, though, we notice that we all learn from one another regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey.
Allow yourself, without judgment, to take note of the times that you put those around you into groups that are separate from you. Allow your soul to engage them instead. On a soul level we all speak the same language.

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4 Comments on “Lojong Slogan 29 ~ Abandon Poisonous Food

  1. Pingback: Lojong | Yoga With Maheshwari

  2. Sometimes, too… we get judged by what we say and do and in defense, we judge right back. This is my seesaw personality. Perhaps I’ve had too much of labels plastered on my forehead for a long time, and darkness creeps out… then ta-da! “Right back at ya, you, witches!”
    The breath eases and calms. So friggin easy to do. Breathe in, breathe out…
    Learning to come back to that first before retaliating is well… a work in progress. =)
    Truly humbled with your post, Reena. Thank you! xo

  3. Great reminder.
    Something I am constantly reminding myself of. We are ALL conscious. Some more of one thing than another. Just because someone is not conscious about the same things I am conscious of doesn’t mean they are not practicing awareness.

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