Does the self get convinced?
I’m going to write a very short one about a thought I had today, or yesterday, I can’t remember.
The idea of a self, which is separate in some way, experiences, relates to world, and others-
The idea of habits as a way we keep from experiencing new, surprising, challenging things-
The idea of some sort of realization or progress on the path-
Here’s my thought- the mesh of habits we use to avoid being spontaneous, being in the world, this seems to create stasis. All of our habits and set ways seem to create stability. This is an illusion in a real sense, because things are always changing. The ground shifts under our feet, continually. No matter how stuck we are in the mud of habit and routine, we’re approaching that big surprise.
[remembered from a note tacked up on the wall at a certain meditation center I used to frequent, a quote from Chogyam Trungpa, at a teaching about the dying process… a student asked something like “How would you talk to someone who is passing away?” VCTR- “Well, you see, you are dying…”]
So being set in our ways is like a film over the eye of present, always changing experience. The self loves being set in its way, it loves habit, loves addiction, even. Working on that, is it about convincing the self, eventually, that things are, really, the way they are? Is it about getting the self to accept the nature of change?
Love to hear your thoughts
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