Monday, December 19, 2011

Waking thoughts

What asceticism might be about - not abusing the body because of its weakness and corruptibility, but aligning the higher and lower self when they are at odds on account of the thousands of kinds of addictions we suffer. It's a much broader issue than people's dependency on drugs and alcohol, it eventually will goad the subtle and pervasive dependencies like the need to feel perfect or better than others, to buy or wear what few can afford, to always win or succeed or exude specialness in some way. I guess this is what the lady was talking about when she said it was our strengths that we need to recover from, not our weaknesses. I've been waiting for more information on that point.

3 comments:

Kenmeer livermaile said...

As lovely and illuminating as ever. I stayed away because I realized I was being a toxic input.

Again: lovely.

thenecromancer said...

Very interesting ideas here. Perhaps what this boils down to is the tyranny of the social. Of the demands we feel others make on us when in fact the demands come from within. Letting go, in every sense, is a big part of dealing with this...

amarilla said...

We believe we are empty unless filled, not remembering all the layers of sacred relations that lovingly weave together the essence of our lives every second.