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From the final scene of Pulp Fiction.
There’s a passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.” I been sayin’ that shit for years. And if you ever heard it, it meant your ass. I never really questioned what it meant. I thought it was just a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before you popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin’ made me think twice. Now I’m thinkin’: it could mean you’re the evil man. And I’m the righteous man. And Mr. .45 here, he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could be you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. I’d like that. But that shit ain’t the truth. The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd.
We are all surrounded by unwholesome influences including the tyranny of evil men. How aware are you of those which are touching your life right now?
Gautama Buddha meditating
Meditation calms the mind leading to clear thinking. It develops concentration and focus aiding in clear thinking. It develops insight into the nature of how your bodymind works. As you understand yourself you become more balanced and you understand others more easily. Life becomes simpler. More immediate. It can lead to more but that seems like a good place to start.
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One of the most harmful habits and one of the hardest habits to break is the habit of being right all the time. By being right one sets the other up to be wrong, one instigates conflict from the outset. This way one is always at loggerheads with someone about something. Others who like to be right all the time will spot the challenge you pose and will rise to it time and time again.
It it a good place to start meditation practice “in action”. Spot the moments when “being right” arises. Spot the ensuing thought patterns as they manifest and solidify into the sure knowledge you are right. Spot what follows: there is a rise of tension and even anger as you prepare for battle. Your body runs on stress when you are right all the time.
Using a meditation like this one slowly becomes more and more aware of these patterns, or habits of thinking that lead to negative emotions, actions and words. By becoming more aware or awake one recognises earlier the signs of trouble and stands guard against the mistaken attitude and then by chipping away at the habit with this awareness, you one day find you no longer need to be right. Instead being is itself a pleasure and a joy.
Western psychology makes much of the conscious and unconscious. The nature of the entities that make them up and the balance twixt the two is forever debated, not least because the solidification of concepts inherent in having the debate creates ficticious walls in the subject.
Buddhist psychology, with its fundamental doctrine of “Anatman” – a sanskrit word that literally means no-soul but would better be read as ‘in reality no solid self-existing ego’ – denies the validity of the discussion.
Buddhist Psychology says neither the unconscious or conscious mind are self-existing or inherently “real”. They are both mind. There is observed mind and unobserved mind. Unobserved mind is troublesome in that it presents to observed mind its desires as overwhelming and fully formed desires. It is inherently troublesome as a category of ignorance. It leads to suffering.
In her excellent book “Working With Anger” Thubten Chodron writes “The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life”.
The unconscious mind is screaming for your attention. You are so busy being your conscious mind, most of which is habitual, you just don’t notice. That is the point of “Shamatha”, Tibetain for basic sitting-calming mediitation, which teaches you to allow identification with thoughts to drop slowly away revealing the sea of impulses which bubble up as “Me”.
This calms eventually achieving peace and then the mind becomes more flexible and stronger and can be applied to conscious thinking meditation to comprehend or see truth. Then the meditator is achieving a dual fruition of peace and understanding. With discipline and effort, patience and generosity comes the natural development of wisdom mind which can then be compassionately applied to all one encounters.