The Work and the middle way

 

I find it interesting to sometimes look at different teachings through the lens of The Work, such as the Buddhist middle way

The middle way is what I find when I inquire into a thought taken as true. I see that (a) the thought itself is true in a limited sense, (b) each of its turnarounds has limited validity, and (c) none of them are really true. As this is seen, felt and lived in a quite finely grained way, there is a softening or release of identification with the viewpoints of the initial thought and it’s turnarounds.

When the thought is taken as true, I perceive, feel and live as if it’s true. The belief may take priority over my natural wisdom and kindness. And as there is more clarity around the thought, my natural wisdom, kindness and love is more free to function in my life, free from the limits created when the thought is taken as true.

Said another way, when the thought is taken as true, my life is the answer to question three – what happens, how do you react, when you believe that thought? And when there is more clarity around the thought, my life is an answer to question four – who would you be without that thought?

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– the middle way
– both/and and neither
– apply to any one thought
– finding the limited validity in a thought + the limited validity in it’s reversals
– our natural wisdom, kindness and love is more free to function in our life, without the boundaries of this thought taken as true
– (the extreme way is to take a thought as true, one sided, creates a prison for view and life)

 

 

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