Freedom From Ups and Downs

We don’t really want to be engaged our entire life in radical ups and downs, the roller-coaster ride of afflictive thoughts and emotions. Then there might be a peak of happiness, and whenever we have that peak of happiness we think: “Oh, now I am going to be happy forever!” but before we know it, boom, the roller-coaster goes down to the bottom, and we don’t see any up from there. What we really want is this balance. We want this balance that is free of ups and downs. By training in short moments of open intelligence, repeated many times, we train ourselves in a brilliant clarity that is free of ups and downs. It’s forever free of ups and downs.

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