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Starting Over Everyday

by margo fontaine

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I used to have a meditation teacher who would talk about pouring clean water into a glass of dirty water. What happens? Eventually, you’ll end up with a glass of pure clean water. In the meditation analogy, the clean water is the true nature of the self, while the impurities of the dirty water represent our thoughts and the idle chatter that runs away with us for the better part of our days and we hardly even know it. As the new pure water is poured into the glass, all the sediment and dirty stuff rises to the top and we start to take notice of these particles of thought. We start to realize we have the same thoughts over and over and over again, and we start to recognize them as separate entities from our true selves. The point of the story is that as the thoughts come up each time against that background of purity, we have the opportunity to choose anew: do we identify with the thought or do we dismiss it?

A thought comes up—”I want to eat”—and we have the opportunity to discern whether or not we are actually hungry, or if it’s just our habituated mind telling us we’re hungry because it’s been 30 minutes since we’ve eaten. Are we really too tired to work out, or is our brain just telling us that because sometimes we listen and wouldn’t it be so nice to have a nap instead? But that’s the beauty of it. Every time the thought happens, we have another opportunity for choice.

It doesn’t matter what we did last week, or yesterday, or even at breakfast. All that matters is what we choose right now. And right now. And right now. We get to start over every single day.

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One Response to “Starting Over Everyday”

  1. Well thank God, because last night was BBQ and 3 glasses of wine.


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