Renunciation is one of ten trainable qualities known traditionally as the paramis (the others being generosity, resolve, patience, morality, effort, insight, loving-kindness, equanimity and truthfulness).~ David Cain, from https://www.raptitude.com/2017/11/opting-out/
This feels—perhaps—like a more nuanced version of my, “just say no to everything,” theme for 2019. That may should harsh, but it’s not. I say, “yes,” to many many things. When I try to say, “no,” to everything, I end up saying, “yes,” to only one-many things.
I’m not a Buddhist by any stretch of the imagination. So I’m not about to take up the paramis as an explicit practice. But the idea of actively renouncing things gives me a positive practice; something I can actively do, rather than something I have to avoid doing.
If you have an elephant problem, “don’t think of a pink elephant,” isn’t going to help. “Just say no,”—despite it’s possible utility as a drug use prevention program—isn’t working very well for my problem. So instead, “think of flowers,” works better for the elephant problem.
So maybe, today I can practice keeping space.
The solution is simple and difficult.~ Seth Godin, from https://seths.blog/2017/10/the-engine-of-our-discontent/
We can turn it off.
If it’s not getting you what you need or want, turn it off for a few hours.
Hear! Hear! …and, once more, louder for those in the back!