We know what we should do but we don’t do it it.
By should I don’t mean a moralistic should. I don’t mean a social norm.
I don’t mean by this that we know we should help the little old lady cross the road but don’t.
Sure there are some who feel that should. It can be a should.
What I mean is we know what we should do to be more content.
Or at least we think we do and that’s all I need for my point.
For instance personally I know I should practice mindfulness and meditation in the sense that eckhart tolle teaches it.
Not because I want to gain a special insight or to get enlightened but simply because I know it makes life incredibly pleasant for me.
I don’t know if it would for you. I would certainly suggest anyone give it a go.
But I do know from past experience that it propels me into a state of almost constant, peaceful ecstasy.
A bit like drugs except you have all the pros of sobriety and all the pros of inebriation. It really is quite fantastic.
So saying this why don’t I practice it?
Why am I not doing it Now?
To get at my reason maybe I could come at it unawares so to speak.
There may be some among you who if I said “You should try meditation” would look at me, see that I don’t practice (Well always) what I preach and decide on that basis to not bother.
You could be very unhappy and want to he happy.
Now then even if I don’t practise what I preach why should you not try it?
I mean it might work and the cost if it doesn’t is a couple of minutes out of your day.
Really you use the fact that I don’t practice what I preach as an excuse for you not to bother and the reason you use it as an excuse is the exact same reason why I don’t practice what I preach.
We’re lazy. We say we want something yet we do not do the very things that will or might bring us that thing.
In a sense this is a kind of ground.
When asked why we are like this we are left with nothing else to say but other ways of saying the same thing.
I don’t do what I know I should because I am lazy; laziness is just another way of saying you don’t do what you know you should.
There’s only one answer and it’s really quite simple.
How do we stop not doing what we know we should?
Just do it silly.
Why don’t we do it?
Because we don’t haha.
It’s incredibly simple.
To avoid this. To avoid getting what we want we come up with all sorts of crazy schemes. The craziest of all is this blame game!