But often we are so caught up in delusions that we can't see clearly without first working on understanding our mind, gaining some stability, some spaciousness, comfort and refuge in ourselves, and focusing on watering the good seeds.
The aspiration is insight, seeing reality as it is, all of it. But sometimes the first step is to stop, find quiet.
The same approach is taught about our response to crisis. We want to act right away, but if we don't pause and see the situation clearly our action might cause more harm even though we intend to help. So stopping is the first step. Then re-engaging intentionally, thoughtfully, based on seeing clearly, rather than reaction, or impulse.
One example of this is Thich Nhat Hanh's writing about how they practiced in Vietnam while bombs were dropping all around them. To be able to continue practicing right in the middle of a war, and to be helping people in that context without causing more harm is very hard. He writes about how they couldn't have done it without practicing, without mindfulness.
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