Freedom, Inner joy, Peace, Contentment- we would have heard these but are they in our experience?
If we think closely, we all might have come face to face with them but what we may not know is how to summon them or how not to loose them, isn’t it?
Why do you think we can’t summon peace? Is it because we only look for it when we need it? In other words, we desire it but we do not do anything about it. Therefore, it only stays in our wish list and never realised.
We are so ruled by our subconscious that we barely realise the fact that we are nothing but creatures of habit. Habits are great to have as it automates our daily activities, freeing our mental energy, however, we all should be aware of the habits that makes us go in circles.
Also, if the habit lifecycle were to be understood then we may gain power over them and even be successful in changing the unwanted ones.
If the picture from the book ”the power of habit’ is to be believed then to achieve a reward you only need to change the routine when the Cue arises. But for spiritual practitioners our routine should be the same as our reward.
Meaning, we should get into the Routine of courting the Reward itself. If peace of mind is what we need then with the Cue our routine should be to at least imagine peace(which is not dependable on the world) then the reward would be the newly formed habit loop(recalling and experiencing peace would be way easier then).
Hope that makes sense… we just can’t be something without being in the company of that thing.
Like Master Oogway says, there are no accidents. We know that well, don’t we? Our head plays out only those that we entertain.
yuñjann evaṁ sadātmānaṁ yogī niyata-mānasaḥ
śhantiṁ nirvāṇa-paramāṁ mat-sansthām adhigachchhati// BG 6,15
Keeping the mind absorbed in Truth(Atman), the yogi attains nirvana(freedom) and abides in supreme peace(Atman’s qualities)
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