I’ve had this question looping in my mind more lately, and I think it’s been a good question for shaking things up for me. Life can really root our patterns deeper and deeper, and this to me is becoming more unacceptable when I ask myself “what is this?”, meaning what is this thing that’s playing out right now and causing the same reaction that I’m so familiar with. Bringing that awareness to any situation is something to celebrate and commit to, and recommit to what it is that is more congruent with values and goals in life. The instant gratification, and comfort associated to these sticky thoughts just end up clogging progress and stiffling creativity.
It sounds simple, and should be-but old habits die hard for most of us. The good news it that the more we bring that awareness to the front of our minds, the better we get at seeing it unfold before our very eyes. Even if you’re already midway through this reactive pattern before this clarity comes to you, it strengthens your resolve to move in a different direction for the next time. This is something pretty universal that we are all capable of, and should not be ignored. A dharma talk that I listen to regularly by Joseph Goldstein comes to mind when he says “It’s already here”. This is a great reminder and in the moment teaching that is the essense of what we can all uncover on a regular basis.