9863heart and mind Re: Self-Improvement & Physical Practices
- Jul 4, 2003Hi, Tony,
It seems there is a tendency to denigrate the affects of embodied and
ego-ed life, which include the ability to set goals, to entertain a
practice (physical or otherwise), to experience suffering and pain,
to listen to the mind. It seems there is also a parallel tendency to
elevate residing in the heart, letting go of action, desire, and
connection to the ego and body.
What I observe is that these two 'ends' are merely that, ends of a
spectrum, which is, perhaps, more of a cycle. Permanent residence in
one or the other, seems to be a sham. To say one residence is better
than the other, reveals an attraction to one and an aversion to the
other, but it also reveals the particular place one happens to be on
So, if the pressures of bearing the ego and body have become too
oppressive, then why not remind oneself of the other end of the
spectrum? Conversely, if the dissociations and detachments
commensurate with the other end have left you unable to engage life,
or even to admit that you are a living being, capable of being
differentiated, then why not bend in that direction for a bit?
Somewhere, between the two, is a fine balance point, where both ends
may be equally appreciated. Instead of 'either or', it is a case
of 'both and'.
That said, my goal for today is to get my wallsections drawn and
start on those roof details. Hop to, girl! You have a deadline! No
heart until mind is finished! Right! Lol!
> Physical practices have
> a limit, as do all self-
> improvement programs.
> Controlling action with an
> agenda keeps one confined to
> a pattern, and caught in the
> conflict of overcoming.
> There is the pleasure of achievement,
> and the pain of failure, both which
> results in a preoccupation with the "I",
> the "self" - the "me" and the "mine".
> In this way I am all the time
> self-consciously "becoming more
> or becoming less", as I measure,
> and try to control "my progress".
> So the sense of an egotistical
> self can become more solidified
> each time I try to improve myself
> with some daily agenda, and the
> more I enforce it, the more I loose
> the freedom of spontaneity.
> The mind does not know the way
> to the "Unknown", and that is
> why it is so essential to FEEL
> the spontaneity of the "Heart",
> and to let it dominate - to let
> it have duration, so that it can
> overcome all the ignorance and
> pettiness of the mind.
> ... Only then can there be "Freedom".
> Then Heart knows "The Way", but the
> mind does not. The mind can only
> accumulate negative or positive
> vanity - in its sense of achievement
> or failure, and in the sense of an
> entity becoming more or less,
> ... Because the mind does not have
> the power of "Being".
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