Everything Can Be Transformed

Regret becomes wisdom; fear becomes awareness; resistance becomes acceptance; resentment becomes compassion; ego becomes humility; self-hatred becomes dignity; judgement becomes forgiveness; grief becomes joy; greed becomes emptiness; addiction becomes sobriety; passion becomes equanimity; separation becomes reconciliation; frustration becomes patience; delusion becomes insight; denial becomes honesty; isolation becomes interdependence; self-centredness becomes lovingkindness. Every one of our ‘character defects’ can be transformed into its opposite through meditation and practicing the Buddhist and 12 Step dharma; and what is revealed by this is our basic goodness. Once I knew in my heart that everything could be transformed from samsara to nirvana, from suffering to liberation, I had no reason to fear life anymore, and the promises of the 12 Steps came true.

[Editor]

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