This is another one of those automatic reflex spots that I mentioned around here somewhere. Like when the doctor hits your knee, and you involuntarily kick.
Continuing our conversation, I would like to add: You are not your beliefs and you are not your emotions. That is something that is easy to forget.
Imagine that you’re lazily floating along a river in your boat. It’s a peaceful day, and you’re leaning back, watching the clouds dance in a blue sky and are lulled into a meditative state by the easy flow of the boat on the water and songs of the birds in the trees on the shore. Then, abruptly, another boat bangs into yours, jarring you out of your reverie.
Your immediate assumption is that the person guiding the other boat has intentionally hit yours, and you descend into anger and turn to defend yourself, and possibly retaliate. Turning, you see that it’s an empty boat that has come unmoored and, quite by accident, run into yours.
The teaching behind this story is that empty boats are everywhere, including that comment you just responded to. Ha ha ha.
The trick to consciousness is catching yourself before the automatic impulse kicks in.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. - Krishnamurti.