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Analect Four - Daily Introspection

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I'm betting spontanaety would work as well, but this comes back to looking back over your day. Where did we mess up? Were we arrogant? This too is a form of 'step work'.

 

It's just that the Steps give a quick and dirty way of getting the blockages out so that sobriety is possible. But if we look around and see our current living situation, etc - it's a 'tell' as to what our inner selves are. Our best thinking got us to where we are at any given moment. If where we are at any given moment isn't satisfactory, then we have nothing to blame but our blockages.

 

Then, the question becomes: what do we want to do about them?

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The Tibetan dream yoga practices use a method like this.

Before sleep, one takes inventory of the day and moves through each action and experience, not judging, not even looking to see how we could have done it better, but rather just looking.

And, if possible, one looks from the perspective of the natural state and sees, at a fundamental level, how our waking life is a dream.

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Nice, Steve. I also do a practice where I try to see the situation through eyes other than my own, like another persons' involved in the activity. To actually try and sit inside their body and see through their own perception. It sure helps level the playing field and help us see where we're actually just part of the whole weave. The dreamlike state of our waking life includes yesterday, today, and tomorrow. This infers to me that the dynamics have already played out, although we're stuck in the Now and can't see what's coming up tomorrow. They've already played out, just not in the physical yet.

 

Row row row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily

Life is but a dream

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Row row row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily

Life is but a dream

 

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At a retreat this summer we had a banquet and folks were invited to share or perform. We helped the Tibetan monks to sing this as a round, it was fun.

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