Thursday, September 14, 2006

Remaking ourselves

It's interesting that someone who came as close to "remaking" the world as anyone happened to say something like this:

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world -- that is the myth of the "atomic age" -- as in being able to remake ourselves.

-- Mahatma Gandhi

It is the meditative process that enables us to engage in the "remaking" in an effective way. Otherwise, we tend to be trapped by patterns that simply repeat themselves. Meditation helps us first observe the mind as it actually is and then, from the insight this observation brings us, to make different choices than we would have made when stuck in our old patterns. It's a slow process, to be sure, but a very reliable one!

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