The purpose of practice is to habituate ourselves to openness. This means we need to understand reactive mind. How do we experience the difference between reacting and staying open? At what point do we decide to go with the habitual tendencies of exaggeration and denial or try something new? Where is the fork in the road? We need to explore these two experiences: reacting… staying open… reacting… staying open… reacting… staying open again. We begin to see the difference. It’s a process of refinement. Our investigation cultivates a discerning intelligence and guides us in a positive direction. We need to ask ourselves: “If our confusion finds its genesis in our habit of turning away from the open state, what would happen if we habituated ourselves to staying open?” Surprise: another koan. – Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, The Power of an Open Question

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