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This is not an improvement plan; it is not a situation in which you try to be better than you are now. It is something much softer and more openhearted than any of that. It involves learning how, once you have fully acknowledged the feeling of anger and the knowledge of who you are and what you do, to let it go. So whether it’s anger or craving or jealousy or fear or depression—whatever it might be—the notion is not to try to get rid of it, but to make friends with it. That means getting to know it completely, with some kind of softness, and learning how, once you’ve experienced it fully, to let go.
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I can relate to this inclination, it was something that troubled me when I first began my studies in the fall.
Here’s a helpful Alan Watts quote to keep in mind: “Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.”
Like you, I find a lot of joy and peace in the Dharma. But it is important not to get attached to the medicine and forget to actually heal.
There is a time to learn and there is a time to put that learning into practice. Writing a long essay, for example, is just such a time to practice.
Firstly, notice that you are trying to escape. But there is nothing to escape. You’re just sitting at your desk (or whatever) and writing your essay. So take this opportunity to discover the real meaning of surrender and acceptance.
Do what life is asking of you, and be faithful to that responsibility. Then you are already free of it before you even finish.
Secondly, anything becomes a spiritual activity when it is not undertaken from the perspective of an ego. The ego has preferences, spiritual activity is transcendent of preference.
For example, suppose you were studying under the Buddha and he told you to go write this essay. Would it be a problem? Even if it were the most boring essay possible, perhaps on tax law, it would still be a spiritual undertaking because you were doing it for Buddha, not for yourself. You wouldn’t be caught up in trying to escape the essay nor would you falsely believe that finishing the essay will bring you happiness.
You just do it as an offering to the Divine. And so you are already free of it.
Where there is preference, there is ego. The ego is just yourself known unclearly. Become aware of the subtle way your preferences and rejection of this homework responsibility is a form of aggression toward the present moment.
Sometimes it is easier to accept a outright challenging present moment than it is to accept a dull, boring, annoying, or joyless present moment. Perhaps it is because the outright challenge stares you in the face whereas the dull or annoying present moment is more sneaky and comes at you below the radar.
In the end, there is no separation between study life and spiritual life. Spiritual life is not defined by or limited to the feelings you have while reading the words of the Dharma or watching youtube videos of teachers.
Those are good things. They teach us how to face stress and pressure. But then it’s up to us to actually do just that!
It is certainly acceptable to take a break from your work and sit for a brief meditation or go for a mindful walk, but the idea is to return to your work with more rootedness. Whereas if you are reading or watching something, you are going to try to keep that stuff in mind while you are working and then the mind simply becomes overcrowded.
Empty yourself and do your work. Then let it go. That is very, very spiritual.
"Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.”
~ Lao Tzu
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Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
What if trying to control your life is the very thing that prevents the Universe from taking good care of you?
It’s not a what-if in my experience
|—||Sydney J. Harris (via purplebuddhaproject)|