Our neurotic tendencies

“If we want to develop the strength of patience, we have to know our own weaknesses. That is the only way we can get free from them. . . When we acknowledge the trouble caused by our own neurotic tendencies . . . we can heave a sigh of relief and start working on the antidote. But if we don’t acknowledge it, no one can help us, neither ourselves nor others. This is one of the principles behind Alcoholics Anonymous, where people have to say, ‘I am an alcoholic,’ in order to overcome their resistance and start looking for a positive way out. The point is not to make themselves feel bad or depressed, but to acknowledge the situation as a prelude to seeking help to get free from their tendencies.”

~ Dzigar Kongtrul, Peaceful Heart

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