voxtrot:the start of something

There are 2 kinds of actions that rule our days: mindless actions (actions on autopilot) and mindful (conscious) actions that are motivated by desire. But there is a 3d kind of action as well: a mindful (conscious) action that is not motivated by desire.

  • mindless actions (on autopilot)
  • mindful (conscious) actions that are motivated by desire
  • mindful (conscious) actions that are not motivated by desire

So, as you go through your day today, ask yourself now and then: is this action of mine motivated by desire?  If so, consider not taking it. Consider skipping this desire-based action. Consider sitting it out. Release the desire. Let the desire come and go without acting upon it.

As you see, this 3d kind of action – the mindful action that is not motivated by desire – is really a form of non-action, a form of mindful non-action. Take it (now and then).

Related: Present Perfect: a Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go (Pavel Somov, 2010)

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