‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’ ~ Albert Einstein.
Do you, by any chance, know anyone that engages in this type of behavior? I do. And I am quite certain that you do as well.
What propels these people to repeat the same steps, over and over, always with the faint hope that something will change? It’s perplexing–and disheartening–to witness this bizarre and, ultimately, pointless exercise.
In Buddhism, there is the idea of a wheel, where one tends to perpetuate various behaviors, all of which are detrimental to the soul, or essence of Being. The idea is to ‘remove’ oneself from this harmful wheel, this cyclical nature of self-destruction.
This ‘cycle’ comes in many forms; from depression, to perpetual negativity, playing the victim, or something as mundane as the continuity of a daily ritual, if that in itself causes the suffering.
The Internal Saboteur is always alive and well within, and it is best to access the Internal Observer, to confront and–this is key–to embrace that same saboteur. After all, both the Observer and Saboteur are one and the same, a sense of Self.
Only then will a sense of clarity be revealed, and the utter futility of the vicious cycle will be eliminated. Diligence is paramount, for if not maintained, the ‘insanity’ will once again return. Who in their ‘right’ mind would want that? “Mindfulness” remains the answer. Once accessed and achieved, both mind and body are whole, in ‘uni-ty’ with the ‘Uni-verse’.
So if perhaps you are reading this simple post, and you are one of the multitudes who are constantly fretting over something, be it a recent divorce, your job, the foreclosure of your home, wondering if you’re consuming too much Glendfiddich, feeling sorry for your lot in life, now is the moment to release such horrid notions. For it is only the Now, the Moment, the Present, that exists.
Why not embrace this this time right now, to weave a tapestry of calm and clarity, instead of clenching and clinging to a shroud of abject repetitive misery?
Let go. Embrace the Now. Let go…and release the hellish bond of insanity.
Copyright, Paul Grignon, 2012, All Rights Reserved.