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Seeing Clouds for what they Really Are

Misunderstandings about the source of sensation occur because the perception and the interpretation arise almost simultaneously, so close together that the strong but incorrect impression is created that the interpretive reality — good-bad, attractive-averse — is lodged within the object itself and not in the mind. It can be very difficult to accept that the source of what we like or do not like arises in our mind. When we get our heads stuck in the clouds — pretty clouds, ugly clouds — we cannot see that they are impermanent, that they have a life of their own, and that they will pass on, if we let them. When we relate to the world with a mind full of preconceptions, we erect a barrier between us and reality as-it-is.

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
from In Love with the World