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I was having a discussion yesterday with a Dharma friend who was remarking how much easier it seemed for everyone in his sangha to speak of where they did practice than disclosing where they as yet seemed unable to.
Are there common circumstances for each of us that have consistently illuminated the limits of our ability to be objective or maintain a viewing of what lies beyond the walls of our individual sandboxes?
I was wondering if such disclosures might show some commonality to what we might otherwise have thought was a difficulty that was just specific to us.
My two most obvious teachers in this are...
Staying cognitively present, in front of a big screen of entertainment, is my personal bug-a-boo. I suspect a lifetime of devotional TV mind conditioning that delusively passed for sufferings removal, is the power it has over me. I am good for maybe 3 minutes of equanimity before I am awoken again by the next commercial.
My less than mature solution has been abstinence after a lifetime of worship before my one eyed God.
The second activity is during the playing of a snooker shot where my mind requires so many physics laws to be juggled at once in order to perform adequately that the rest of reality is forced to take a back seat. This might just be the difference between concentration and meditation... but finding that I've actually got a snooker game shot balancing on the top of my altar seems pretty lame.