The Second Thing That Keeps Us From a Good Life
Yesterday’s focus was on the definition of a good life. The gist of where we landed was:
The details and contents of a good life are different for everyone, but the essence of a good life is identical across the board.
Check it out if you haven’t yet. It’s a quick read.
When I reflected on yesterday’s piece, “What is a good life?” the following passage from the 14th century sage poet, Kabir, kept popping to mind.
“Behold but One in all things; it is the second that leads you astray”
On a high level, where the contents of “the second” are undefined, it seems Kabir is saying “the second” is what deters us from a good life. In other words, it’s what blocks us from the freedom we’re after.
The path to freedom, then, must be awareness and alignment. It’s becoming aware of the One and the second, then aligning with the One.
The challenge is deciphering between the One and the second. The second is deceptive, and it’s buried in multiply layers of our mind. It’s easy to get lead down a rabbit hole because we *think* we’re following the One, when in fact it’s the second.
We’re getting a bit theoretical, so here are a few concrete examples to ground us:
- A new business idea pops into our mind (the One), as we think about it fear and doubt derail the plan (the second).
- We develop strong feelings for a new companion (the One), as we think about our relationship we become self-conscious and insecure (the second).
- The inspiration to take a photo strikes us (the One), as we frame it up an avalanche of imperfections in the light, angle, and more deter us from clicking the shutter.
This is not saying, “thinking is bad.” What it is saying is, don’t let the second rule you. Rule the second, and use it as a tool that makes the One better.
True understanding comes from experience. It’s the only way we truly know anything. By doing it first hand.
So today, let’s see if we can decipher between the One and the second.
Take a couple minutes of stillness to observe the mechanics of your mind, or if you’d like, check out The Focus Trigger Technique. It connects us to the One, which then lets us observe how the second floods our mind. You don’t need it for this, but it might help.
From experience, the One has no voice. It makes no declaration. It’s spontaneity in it’s purest form.
Have a look and let me know what you find.
Talk with you tomorrow,