“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”
~ Plato ~
This is the great work of the soul.
Identifying patterns that no longer work is the first step. Having the courage to change, to step into the unknown, to battle the inner pretense and pretender voices is the act of a Warrior! Embracing change as a way of being is walking with Benevolent death, the little death that helps us to change, transform, and birth ourselves anew. Embodying changes the soul is calling us to make moves us to be our Natural Self.
Everything changes except the fact that everything changes. What are you going to do today, thus moment, to become more of who you truly are?
When something happens, we choose our response. This choice becomes our action and colors our perception of what continues to happen. When we are at the effect of our own internal pretender voices or pretense, other people, time, space, life in general, we step into our karma circle, chasing our tails round and round like a fox.
In this Circle of Foxes, the first arrow that is selected is Attachments. This choice is based on strong needs that are out of balance and often motivated by ignorance. We have basic reality needs such as are food and water, tools and skills, shelter and clothing, healing and knowledge, free will and orgasticness, without which we will truly suffer. Attachment, as an out of balance need, is the moment of choosing long-term pain for the sake of short-term pleasure.
Think of the moments you choose long-term pain for short-term pleasure… Are you attached to your cup of coffee in the morning or maybe a drink after work? Do you look at your phone before you are even awake and are out of bed in the morning? Maybe your cupboards or refrigerator have to be arranged just so. Maybe it’s the co-dependent relationship or possibly an addictive substance. How do you create long-term pain in your life by choosing ATTACHMENTS?