The drive for future accomplishment just builds up the habit of always striving for something other than what we have right here and now. The result is that even when we reach our goal, we’re still being driven by those habits to look for the next thing.
commit. recommit. understand self-responsibility. understand self-understanding.
inquiry for today~ who reflects back to you what you need to see?
In Ancient Greek the word for awakening is “alethe.” Awakening’s opposite is not evil or ignorance, but “lethe,” sleep. Even after some experience of awakening, we can be asleep to the consequences of our modern way of living. Sadly, interdependence is not explicitly taught in schools or even most traditional spiritual curricula. We have to educate ourselves to see the invisible costs of our actions, until our outer life is in harmony with our heart’s true values.
To be honorable in these times we need to extend a “moral inventory” to our way of life. The Buddhist Eightfold Path includes Right Thought, Right Action, Right Speech, Right Livelihood. Is the way we are living—our work, our home, our finances, our travel, our level of consumption, our political and social participation—in harmony with our understanding of interconnection? In what direction does our care for the earth and our realization of interdependence ask that we move in our life? How might we change, not out of guilt but out of love? We begin our transformation by the very act of asking these questions.