As a part of working to develop prajna in my daily life, I have begun to examine the little tricks our mind plays on us. These lead us into thinking that we will somehow be happier if we avoid things that need to get done (or vice versa). In particular, I’ve been working on the “I’ll do it later” line of thinking. Every time I find myself tossing something aside and thinking “I’ll do it later”, I’ve been trying to catch myself, stop for a moment and ask myself a series of questions, such as:
“What are the consequences of not doing it now?”
“Is there a good reason to put it off?”
“Am I going to want to do this later any more than I want to do it now?”
The last one is usually the kicker. After all, what do we toss aside but those things wedon’t want to do, have never wanted to do and will never want to do. So…do it now.
Today was a good example. I finished lunch (homemade carrot cilantro soup – yum!) and I stuck the bowl, spoon and microwave cover on top of the microwave and started walking out of the room.
I wanted to go to the coffee shop.
Fortunately for me, prajna kicked in and I was able to ask myself: “Are you really going to want to do this later?” My inner shenpa kicked and stamped a little bit. “But I don’t want to!” <huff, huff, grrrrr> So, I answered, “but you’re not going to want to do it at the end of the day when you’re tired and want to go home. Furthermore, by then the remains of the soup will be stuck to the bowl and you’ll need to scrub it.” <huff, huff, grrrr…> “Oh, okay.” So, I washed the darn bowl, spoon AND the microwave cover.
“Now, doesn’t that feel better?”
Actually, it did.
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