“We all experience negativity – the basic aggression of wanting things to be different then they are. We cling, we defend, we attack … We experience it as terribly unpleasant, foul-smelling, something we want to get rid of.” This is how Chögyam Trungpa begins his chapter on “Working with Negativity” in his book The Myth of Freedom.
For some time now I have been dealing with a situation that is causing a lot of negativity. And I’m struggling… With myself, with the people involved, with how to deal with the whole situation.
Last Sunday I had my third black belt (sandan) test for aikido. To prepare I was thinking about what I wanted to express during my test. My pondering brought me to my reasons for practicing aikido and what was bringing me back to the mat over and over again. For close to 25 years now.