“Between stimulus and response is our greatest power—the freedom to choose.”
Quotes like Covey’s are like spiritual Sweet-Tarts, sugary rushes of wisdom lacking real nourishment. Who hasn’t gotten inspired by Goethe’s “whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” My root chakra tingles just writing it. I want to do all the things I’ve been too much of a puss to do.
But what happens after the axiomatic rush? Doesn’t it always get subsumed by habit? No matter how clever or true, few quotes can match the power of habit. Habits are our neurological earthmovers. We can hear and believe that love is the answer and that our bodies are temples, but if we are in the habit of being hostile to our parents and eating McDonald’s, those axioms mean nothing—they are spiritual marshmallow fluff.
I subscribe to Covey’s quote about choice in principle, but often find myself veering from it in practice.
Most of us exercise little or no choice to the various stimuli in our lives. We are almost totally on automatic, reacting to situations without any awareness as to why. Continue reading “How Meditation Messed Up My Life”