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Buddhist Butchers & Adventures of Change
Here's a post i just wrote for my site Unleash Reality that has helped a few people and i thought i'd put up here in the hopes that it may help a few more.
Here's the excerpt on what it's about:
Buddhist Butchers. That thought alone is reason enough to read this article about changing who you are and improving your life.
…but it’s also about an adventure. An adventure of change… an adventure that will change not only what you do, but change who you are. ch-ch-check it out.
...and i'd love some feedback. any thoughts or comments would be much appreciated
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Buddhist Butchers and Adventures of Change
There’s no such thing as a Buddhist butcher.
...there just ain’t.
‘Who you are’ and ‘what you do’ isn’t the same thing, but there is an interesting link between them.
A. Very. Interesting. Link.
An Interesting Link and Some Strange Analogies
It’s like what you do rubs off on you, but it’s way more than that. It’s like the stuff that rubs off on you magnetically pulls who you are to what you do… and you become more like what you do, the more you do it (since more stuff rubs off on you).
It’s like the possessed evil jungle vines in that movie Jumanji, what you do grows on you, so to speak.
And the longer you do something and the more involved with it you become, the more you become entangled in it and constricted by it, and after not too long, it becomes a part of you.
See, the simple “rubbing off” analogy isn’t enough. Sure, you’re affected and influenced by what you do. It does rub off on you. But it’s like what rubs off on you is an evil spell where the characteristics of what you do that have rubbed off on you become more and more permanent the longer you do what you’re doing.
It’s almost as though what you do slowly – unnoticeably slow usually – possesses you and becomes you.
That’s why thinking and talking about personal development doesn’t work compared with actually doing things and changing how you live – it’s the doing that affects who you are.
“tawk is cheap”
Okay. That all sounds nice and snazzy. And a little creepy with possessions and such… but so what, what does it have to do with Buddhist butchers, and, more importantly, what does it have to do with you?
What’s This Got to Do With You?
Well I’ll tell you what it’s got to do with you…
See, going back to why you’re reading this and what this site is all about – improving your life, unleashing, becoming who you want to be, personal development, being free, sitting cross legged in a cave on the coast of India… – it’s easy to see that this is all pretty important when you want to change who you are.
Just a quick note for the insidious, when I say “who you are” and changing it, I mean your personality, habits, thoughts, ego, etc and not the ephemeral, hippyesque, changeless, Zen, limitless, god-nature, “that which you are”. I’m talking about the you that can change, not the you that’s changeless.
So… if you want to improve your life and change who you are, you have to change what you do.
You don’t even need to change specifically what you do a lot of the time, often it’s enough to just change how you’re doing it. The way you’re doing it, your thoughts about it, the way you approach it, etc.
…but that can be a little tough.
Thing is, when we’re doing something, when we’re in the grind of it – it seems like there’s no way out a lotta the time. It feels like we’re in it. We’re the star. And there isn’t any space, no room for change.
Back to my trusty good ‘ol wall analogy, it’s easy to feel like a tiny brick wall is massive if your face is pressed right up against it. There’s actually a lot of space, a way around the wall instead of trying to barrel through it or worse, deciding to stop in front of it and give up trying, give up improving.
There’s lots of space to change who you are, to improve, you just need a way to see it and remember it’s there…
First off, I’m ‘a reiterate that ain’t no such thing as a Buddhist butcher. Some things just don’t gel with living free, unleashed, melted into reality, at peace… like being a hitman. Maybe it’s possible, I dunno, I’m not a hitman… but there are certain things to that you can cut out of your life that make being who you want to be a lot easier. It’s easier to feel oneness if you’re not looking down a rifle barrel as you take aim at a buck that you’re shooting because you get a kick outta your god-complex.
Barring that kind of massive mismatch in what you do and who you want to be; the most helpful way to see space to change and inspire perspective is an adventure.
Yay, an adventure!
An adventure of change actually.
Wake up at a different time to usual. If you use an alarm clock, don’t set it. If you do, set it to a random time (close your eyes and turn the alarm hand of the clock). Get out on the other side of bed.
Walk or drive to town a different way. Eat at the first place you come across that you’ve never eaten at. Ask the waiter what he recommends. And have it.
Spend your day differently. Completely going with the flow of what’s happening.
Call up three friends that you haven’t spoken to in at least a year and ask them what they’re doing today. Push to hang out with them, doing something you’ve never done and never thought of doing.
Smile at random people when you’re going about your day.
Spend the whole day doing things completely different to what you usually do.
Things don’t change if you don’t change what you do.
…or at least change how you do what you do.
Spending a day completely going with the flow will make it clear how much space there actually is in what you’re doing because you remove yourself from the habit of your usual grind… and that space you create allows change.
On a deeper level, the adventure of change teaches you acceptance – which is super key when it comes to changing who you are.
That’s one of the reasons why travelling is so amazing and growth-inspiring. Things never turn out how you expect them t, so you give up fighting with reality and your expectations and you just go along with the journey. You learn acceptance.
And often acceptance is all you need to change about what you’re doing to bring change to your life.
Anything that you completely accept loses its power over you.
And acceptance brings space. Space to change. Space to improve. Space to be who you want to be.
Space to be.
Enjoy the adventure
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