a child carefully
places three stones
one upon the other
he feels the warm earth
hears the insects’ drone
this is my stairway, he says
I think we draw conclusions about who we are – ourselves and others – based on our observations of how we are, as if appearance is a reliable indicator of essence. This gives rise to judgments of unworthiness that are hard to shake. I find it difficult to make the changes I want to make to how I am – changes to patterns of thought, word and deed. Habits dig deep ruts that make it hard to change course. If I can get a little distance, though, and witness the action without identifying with it, then I know that I am watching how I am and not who I am. And actions are workable.
The essential self – who we are – is not workable. The essential self is irreducible, immutable. It is truth. It is beyond comparison and judgment. It is selfless.
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