It’s All Karma, Ripening

‘Mind Training Like The Rays of The Sun’ pg. 83 talks about recognising bad experiences as negative karma ripening. I’m familiar with the idea in order to accept bad experiences without getting caught up in a victim mentality. This is because the victim mentality has the monologue of “why me?”, “I haven’t hurt a fly”, “but I’m so innocent”, and I’m really not.

‘Mind Training Like The Rays of The Sun’ also talks about recognising good experiences as positive karma ripening. I think that I try to think of karma giving rise to the bad experiences but not the good experiences. Seeing good experiences in this way would help to avoid getting carried away and attached to situation.

I don’t mean to say that I am taking all of the joy out of good experiences, I do want to take pleasure in those good experiences. But I want to enjoy them for what they are, without getting caught up in it all. I don’t want the experience to be sticky with attachment, unable to let it go or end when the time comes.

Bad experiences are invaluable in our spiritual quest because they give us the opportunity to develop patience, compassion, love, generosity, and these other good qualities. It is these bad experiences that are the basis of the mind training practices.

But good experiences can also be be invaluable in spiritual quest because it means that we have the time and resources to attend courses, do some readings, to go on retreat, and to develop myself spiritually.

In these four ways all experiences become folded into the path and all experiences form part of our spiritual quest.