There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.
-William Makepeace Ackeray
The last thoughts I wrote in my last article was about ‘samskaras,’ but I was really not totally satisfied with what I tried to express there. There is so much more to that subject and I barely scratched the surface.
Today in my l6th lesson in Tools to Life, Coach Steele talked about lying. What does lying have to do with samskaras? Well, he took the example of smoking or drinking, and talked about how we know that smoking or drinking is bad for our health and we still continue to smoke or drink, lying to ourselves that it will be the last and when the next time comes around, we convince ourselves that the next drink will be the last and we continue to do what we always did and that becomes our habit. Once it becomes a habit we do not analyze our decision and act in a way that comes naturally to us out of habit and that is what we mean when we say it has become our ‘samskara.’
Our Samskaras or Tendencies Result from Our Habits:
Behind most of the things you want to change in your life, there is a lie you told yourself first.
Our habits can only be changed thru close observation of our thoughts and the choices we make. We tend to fulfill our deep seated desires even if we know that they are not good for us by lying to ourselves. So today’s lesson was making a promise to ourselves to not lie to ourselves. This makes us listen to our inner conscience that is our best friend. So to change our samskaras, we need to change our bad habits into good habits. And meditation is one tool that helps us do so. In the process of meditation we delve deep into our thoughts, cleansing and purifying the mind layer by layer like peeling an onion and getting into the core of our inner being which is ‘pure consciousness.’ Once we reach this state, we also realize that our true nature is stainless and changeless but our personality is what keeps changing. The way we talk and the actions we take are what make our personality. And self development is nothing but the refinement of the ‘personality of the soul,’ and the blossoming of the personality into a beautiful fragrant flower that gives beauty and joy to others.
One should elevate the self by means of his mind but never bring about destruction of the self. For, the mind that is submissive to the self is a kin, and one that is not is an enemy.
…..Bh. Gita. Ch. 6. Shloka 5Share on Facebook