Monday, November 11, 2013

Day 245 An interesting way to look at my discomfort around food and soothing

Going Against the Stream

The Buddha described the dharma as 'going against the stream.' As long as one swims with the current of a river, one remains unaware of it. But if one chooses to turn against it, suddenly it is revealed as a powerful, discomforting force. The 'stream' refers to the accumulated habits of conditioning. The practice of dharma means to turn around midstream, to observe mindfully and intelligently the forces of conditioning instead of impulsively reacting to their promptings.

- Stephen Batchelor, "Dharma in the War Zone"

2 comments:

Gillian Byers said...

ooh thanks for sharing. Very good food for thought!

Vicki said...

Having a hard time getting my head around this one. On one hand, going with the flow seems like a better option...but on the other hand, if you don't turn around, face the current and the discomfort, you can't move forward....lot's to think about on this one.