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This meditation focuses on one of the core teachings of the Ordinary Mind Zen School: that there is nothing that is, or can be, broken with you as a person. Thus, there is nothing to be fixed. Often, and understandably, we get caught in concepts and judgements of good/bad. As an example, when experiencing emotional states that are painful or unpleasant, like anger, sadness, agitation, boredom, we want to say (and society/culture often supports us in doing so) that this is bad, and therefore we need to get rid of it. The opposite is also true: when experiencing pleasant states like joy, happiness, excitement, contentment, we want to say these are good, and we want to hold onto them for as long as possible. This leads us down a slippery slope to viewing ourselves as deficient, needing fixing, and thus unacceptable. This is to do violence against the self. We end this suffering by seeing clearly how we lay the concept of good/bad on top of ourselves, and thus seeing clearly, we free ourselves.