A Mind Caught In Habit Is Insentitive

=== JKrishnamurti.org – Daily Quote ===

Most of you are insensitive physically because you overeat, smoke, indulge in various forms of sensual delights—not that you should not. But the  mind becomes dull that way, and when the mind becomes dull the body becomes further dull. That is the pattern in which we have lived.

You see how difficult it is to change your diet. You are used to a particular form of diet and taste, and you must have it all the time; if you do not get it you feel you will be ill, and you get rather frightened.

Physical habit breeds insensitivity; obviously any habit like drugs, alcohol, or smoking must make the body insensitive, and that affects the mind—the mind which is the totality of perception, the mind which must see very clearly, unconfusedly, and in which there should be no conflict whatsoever.

Conflict is not only a waste of energy; it also makes the mind dull, heavy, stupid. Such a mind caught in habit is insensitive; from this insensitivity, this dullness, it will not accept anything new because there is fear.

The Nature of the New Mind, p 262

=== Thoughts ===

When we’re caught up in habits, in obsessions, in rituals and routines, we lose that creative spark which is the real source of beauty, and the real joy of living.

Modern living and the organization of contemporary society into all of our schedules, our obsessions with productivity and the inevitable development of routines, has completely destroyed our capacity to live creatively.

Why are people so unhappy? Why do we resort to medication or ridiculous fantastical beliefs (organized religion)? Why do we drink, take drugs, obsess over sex, television, the internet, or the endless number of other escapes?

What is it that we’re attempting to escape from?

We’ve lost that creative spark, that thing that makes life an experience worth living!

We’ve lost our ability to operate as independent beings and instead live out our lives as just another cog in the collective machine, part of the mass mob of nameless and faceless automatons.

We’ve lost that essential capacity to express ourselves in an appropriate manner, not necessarily through artistic endeavors- through painting, photography, writing, or any  of the traditional forms of “art”- but in our manner of living and in our everyday behavior.

We get up and go to work, day after day after day. We keep ourselves occupied by collecting things, filling our homes with all manner of irrelevant stuff, fully convinced that the next purchase will be the final thing that we need, certain that it will complete our inventory of accumulation- until we watch that next commercial.

And we repeat the process, day after day, for sixty, seventy, or even as many as a hundred years!

Going to the office, the workshop, or wherever it may be, doing the same old thing, over, and over, and over again.

And we call this “living”?

We’re happy with our two days off out of seven, waiting for them each week, and counting down the days until we get that taste of freedom, like children waiting for the school-day to end. But when it comes, do we run out into the street with our friends to explore the world around us, like those children do, or do we turn on our glowing rectangles and stare away the hours?

Do we even enjoy our “time off”?

And shouldn’t living be about “time on”?

Why do we accept this division of labor, spending the vast majority of our waking hours at work?

Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

Do we even realize that we’re living on borrowed time? We only have so much energy and we only get so much time- eventually, our luck runs out. As Don Juan once said- there are no winners here, no one gets out of this alive!

But do we at least learn something in the process?

Do we ever learn a thing about ourselves, about reality, or about each other?

Do we ever even learn about what it means to be alive?!

Or are 0ur minds so dull and so caught in routine that we’re incapable of stepping outside our comfort zones to try something new, or to do something different?

Eating a different type of cuisine for dinner is not trying something new, it’s not doing something different.

Flying to an exotic location is not trying something new, it’s not doing something different.

Quitting one job only to replace it with another is not trying something new, it’s not doing something different.

Trying something new, doing something different, is refusing to participate in this ridiculous mouse-wheel that we call society, which I call “modern living”. This mouse-wheel of work, of accumulation, of acquisition, and of obsession. It’s ending our obsession with “progress”, with “goals”, and most of all, for us Westerners, with money.

Trying something new is refusing to comply, refusing to acquiesce, and refusing to conform to societal standards. It’s refusing to live a cookie-cutter lifestyle, popped out of that same template as a carbon copy of those that came before us.

Don’t think that changing your wardrobe, learning a new language, watching different TV channels, or reading different books is going to make a difference.

Go for a walk! Look at the clouds! Listen to the birds, and feel the breeze on your cheeks!

Look at the sky, watch the shadows cast around you, and feel the beating of your heart!

Look, listen, and observe- without classification, without judgment, and without evaluation.

Sit in total silence and simply observe the world around you for an hour, a minute, or even ten seconds.

Do something different!

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