“All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.” ~ Aristotle
Three Precise Blows
"How can I know the best way to act in life?" the disciple asked the master.
The master asked him to build a table.
The disciple drove in the nails with three precise blows. One nail, however, struck a hard spot and the disciple needed to deliver one more blow - which drove in the nail too deep all the way into the wood.
"Your hand was used to three blows of the hammer," said the master. "You had so much trust in what you did that you lost your attention and skill."
When action becomes a mere habit it loses its meaning and may end up causing harm, so never let routine be in command of your movements.
“The real key is to live in an environment where the mind feels free to choose the right thing instead of being compelled by habit and inertia to choose the wrong thing.”~ Deepak Chopra
“Habit is stronger than reason.”
“When you have abandoned all past and future, it is as if you have come alive. You are here, mindful...the nature of all types of consciousness reveals itself."Ajahn Brahm
P.S:How many blows of the hammer each nail needs varies…depending on the wood….etc.etc..
When we choose to function from total awareness we do not function from habit. We do whatever it takes in a given situation to get the best result.
What would it take for me to live today with greater awareness ??
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