Take all the ugly shit inside and try to make it beautiful

from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Vipassana Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He expresses his inner problems in a beautiful way by blessing us with his raps, in other words his coping method with stress.

One of the principles of Buddhist philosophy is the idea that everyone is “the same on the inside” and “composed by the same matter”, and one of their tenants is the stopping of lustful actions on your part and one of the ways to stop these feelings and return to equilibrium is to imagine someone’s innards. This is also another reflection on the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation which involves understanding the true nature of the “self” (all the ugly shit inside) and understanding that it doesn’t exist. One of the ways to make the outer world more joyous and beautiful and easier to deal with is to do what you’re best at which is literally “taking all the shit inside” and making the outside world more beautiful by it.

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