People do damaging things. Despite this fact, that does not mean that we are damaged goods. We don't have to be doomed to a permanent state of being. All kinds of shit happens! Then what? How do we respond to ourselves and for ourselves and with others? Would it be okay if we redeemed ourselves, rather than doubling down on errors, mistakes, and mis-takes?
Experience taught me that’s the point of healing... amends... forgiveness... reconciliation... decency... sincerity... growth... maturity... assimilation... integration... reconnection... and recovery. These are not mere words that sound good to the mind and ear. It’s redemption rather than living as an expression of contempt and condemning ourselves to repeat errors, mistakes and mis-takes.
This reminds me of Bob Marley singing Redemption song...
“Old pirates, yes, they rob I
Sold I to the merchant ships
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit
But my hand was made strong
By the hand of Almighty [Love]
We move forward in This generation
(not some other generation)
from mental slavery,
None but ourselves
can free our minds!
Cause all I ever have is
People will be pirates. People... including ourselves can rob us of our self, as well as others; on many different levels. But that doesn’t mean it has to remain that way. We can do our our and change. Show up, clean up, and grow up; as one person put it. We're a process, rather than an event. The practice of unifying our body, speech, mind is as my daughter says "Vibing! That’s what’s up!” We do our work, and as a result, we get our "Vibe," on, in harmony with ourselves and others; in a practice of non-harming, abstaining from doing damaging things to ourselves and others.
Just like when I put down the chemicals and the death-style of active drug addiction, we can abruptly change. On a specific day, I got really bored with my own story, and instantly stopped using. i went through the withdrawal not just for the chemicals, but a lot of unhealthy things connected to it; that's still a blur in my memory. I did that because I realized that I couldn't be authentically happy, joyous and free, if I was always doing stuff that influenced me to be unhappy, joyless, and enslaved to the negativity of mind. Just like we don’t have to be a slave to our personal histories of disconnection, trauma, drugs, and whatever else that influenced us to be small… We don’t have to be slaves to damaging activity.
￼Please practice... we can actively rather than passively live our values enthusiastically... confirm This again and again for yourself.
一We Are the Practice Itself