Spirit asks me if I know why I behave the way I do.
At any given time.
On the situation.
Have you designed a specific beahavioral response for any given situation?
I don<t think so.
I respond as seems appropriate, at least for me.
Then different people might respond differently to the same situation?
I guess so.
Perhaps they have learned different coping strategies.
I suspect you know more about this than I do.
Yes. We each began to develop general coping strategies in early childhood,
in response to personal experience. We learned, through practice and
experiment, what behaviours seemed to serve us well in different
situations. These we added to our tool kit of coping skills. With
use they developed into habits that may no longer serve us as well as
they once did.
Then we need to become more flexible in our response.
Yes, and more aware of what triggers our particular responses.
That would require paying attention to our behaviour.
Yes, with intent to adapt to changing circumstance.
Our progress along the path of enlightenment.
Spirit tells me that practice is habit, but an intentional one,
With a goal, and requires intent to improve or maintain
What we have developed in skills or in establishing
A way of life.
Practice can result in patterns of behaviour; physical, intellectual,
Emotional and, or spiritual that may appear to some others to be
No more than habits.
There is also the danger, He cautions, of practice becoming
No more than a habit, when intention is no longer involved.
How can I be sure that I still have intention?
Are you satisfied?
Are you still making progress?
Yes, but …
Even a little is more than none.
Spirit tells me that the purpose of His teaching is to encourage
The study and practice of an increasingly clearer understanding of
Our interconnectedness to all forms of life, human and otherwise,
And of our personal responsibility to care for and protect, not only
Our own unique individual life, but also that of the countless,
Equally unique life forms that we share our world with.
By becoming intentionally aware of how we live and the negative
Affect that may have on others.
That would require a powerful sense of responsibility.
Not would; it does.
Is it possible?
One step at a time.
And the first step is intention?
Spirit asks me if I can understand why whatever is
Happening is happening, before I am aware that
Whatever is happening is happening?
I protest. Something is always happening.
Then what should I do?
You could practice understanding why what has
Happened has happened, even while you practice
Being aware of what now is happening.
Do you try to look?
Spirit tells me to respect intelligence whomever and
Whatever seems to possess it, for all of Life does, in
Greater or lesser degrees.
Intelligence is a precious gift, as is intuition, which is
A blending of thought and emotion. They are each
Potentials that we can develop through practice until
We refine them into awareness, understanding, and
Enlightenment, and beyond.
What could possibly be beyond enlightenment?
The experience of knowing that we are one, not only
As we are, now, as one, more or less.
Spirit tells me that
Practice can result in
The development of
Physical, intellectual, emotional and, or
Spiritual patterns of behaviour, but that
Habits can also result in
The development of physical,
Intellectual, emotional, and, or
Spiritual patterns of behaviour.
The difference between
Practice and habit is that
Practice requires intent to
Desired patterns of
Thinking, feeling, behaving and being.
While habits can develop
Through the lack of intent and