Student: I wish I understood why I do what I do. I so often do things that are harmful to me.
Teacher: That’s what makes “Understanding” so powerful. When you truly understand deeply why you’re doing things that cause misery, you’re able to stop doing it.
Student: “Understanding” makes so much sense. I love the idea of letting go of my ignorance.
Teacher: A prisoner of war felt in his heart that there was an escape route. By keen observation, he noticed the guards would occasionally disappear and come back with cigarettes. Where would they go to get them? How’d they get there without going through the main gate? The prisoner knew what he wanted to locate. With a little bit of time, he found the secret passage. One night, while everyone else was asleep, he took the passage to freedom.
Everyone can locate the passage to freedom from bad habits. Some call the passage – patience, while others call it open-mindedness or flexibility. Call it whatever you like, but know that it’s always waiting for you.
When you value what’s true, rather than just bulling your way through, you understand what’s meant by living “habit free.”