Before you start going out accusing, crediting and blaming, first clarify inward. If you don’t, you’ll mistake your own unclarified confusion: passion aggression and ignorance for what you’re seeing “out there”. When I say clarify, I don’t mean get rid of. I mean see your confusion. Find out who you are.
Redundant negativity Is like getting mad at being mad. It is thinking there is something to do about negativity when it arises so we justify it, or push it down or ignore it. This tends to just add to the suffering. Practice holding still and observe the original negativity without adding anything to it. Let it do what it needs to do.
Alternating sense awareness practice (ASAP) is taking the six sense fields: the sense of seeing, hearing, smelling tasting, feeling, and thinking and alternating awareness between them. Sokuzan gives various examples in this talk.
If you practice ASAP a little on the cushion, you could take it into your everyday situation. And when you get into a struggle and want to blame or if there is a knot of pain, you could go into that a little then go into another sense, back and forth. The present moment awareness of the first five sense consciousnesses tends to bring the thinking mind into the present. It is a way of not fueling the warfare and not running away either.
Don’t believe your thoughts. If you believe what you’re thinking and act on that, you enable that to keep going…and if you disbelieve your thoughts by pushing away or rejecting, that is a negative form of activity. So what do we do? Start by sitting down and witnessing the way in which you believe.