Our journey is a kaleidoscope of experiences with its stories, the changing landscapes, the daily repetition of encounters, and the varying theatres. We are undeliberately affected and influenced by every story along the line. A sensation appears, and liking or disliking begins.
‘This fleeting moment, if we are unaware of it, is repeated and intensified into craving and aversion, becoming a strong emotion that eventually overpowers the conscious mind. We become caught up in the emotion, and all our better judgment is swept aside. The result is that we find ourselves engaged in harmful speech and action, harming ourselves and others. Just because of one moment of blind reaction.’
But if we are aware at the point where the process of reaction begins – that is, if we are aware of the sensation – we can choose not to allow any reaction to occur or to intensify…in those moments the mind is free.
But with repeated practice those few brief moments will become seconds, will become minutes, until finally the old habit of reaction is broken, and the mind remains continuously at peace.