What keeps us from being what the situation is calling us to be? Lack of awareness/clarity. Lack of interest. Desire--there is something we want, are more interested in-- than what the situation needs/is calling for. Fear--we are distracted by concern for our interests. Sloth/laziness/lethargy--maybe tomorrow, some other time, later, one day. Ignorance--we have no idea what the situation is calling for, or why we should care. And we have no idea of how to tune into the moment, read the situation as it arises, know what's what and what needs to be done in response, or how/when/where to do it... From the start, we should have been coached as to how to attend our life and live attentively to our life, our circumstances, our situations... How to be aware of and present with what is happening within and without, moment by moment, and to know what to do with/about the information that is present with us in each moment. But. We were born into a world that was as clueless as we were fresh from the womb. And we live in a world that is as clueless as we are about what's what and what needs to be done about it. We are all starting fresh off the tree, and no one knows, no, not one. Except, of course, for the old yogis, Taoist sages and Zen masters who knew all this beginning around 1,000 BCE, or earlier. And were ignored because their knowledge had no practical application-- you couldn't use it to become wealthy and powerful, only useful and helpful, contented, peaceful, joyful with ease of life and well-being. Things money cannot buy.
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