Stop Falling Down the Hole

imageDo you sometimes find yourself making the same decisions out of habit? Often times we make life choices because it is familiar, we feel it’s what we should do or we’re scared of hurting those closest to us.  We get stuck in a loop which we find hard to break out of.

When we begin to take time to really reflect on our choices we can make decisions that enrich our lives rather than take away from them. We can do this via meditation, through our asana practice, by writing reflective journals or simply by taking some much needed quiet time with ourselves to think about what we want out of our lives.

Change starts with yourself. Is it time for you to stop falling down the hole?

“I walk down the street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in
I am lost … I am hopeless
It isn’t my fault
It takes forever to find a way out

I walk down the same street
There is a hole in the sidewalk
I pretend I don’t see it
I fall in again
I can’t believe I am in the same place
But it isn’t my fault
It still takes a long time to get out

I walk down the same street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I see it there
I still fall in … it’s a habit
My eyes are open
I know where I am
It is my fault
I get out immediately

I walk down the same street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I walk around it

I walk down another street”

– Excerpt from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
by Sogyal Rinpoche

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