The second nutrient comes through all that our senses consume: our eyes, ears, skin, nose, and our minds. The things we read, the music we listen to, the sights and sound and smells we encounter every day. Are these things creating suffering in us, in others? or are the helping to ease suffering?
The third is our intention, volition, our will. What is it we want? what are you aiming for? what's your ambition? Think carefully, is that thing you're working towards going to add to your suffering, or will it ease it? this morning I'm thinking of this one as the "be careful what you wish for, you'll probably get it" kinda thing.
And the fourth is consciousness. And this, I think, is the hardest to understand but in some ways the most important. I'm not sure I fully understand it, but it goes something like this: Our consciousness comes from our history, our family's history, our social and cultural history. Without developing some kind of awareness of what that consciousness is, we cannot hope to understand why we do the things we do. That consciousness isn't fixed. It's a fertile ground. It develops and grows and shifts and changes. What we need to be thinking about is what seeds are you sowing in your mind with your thoughts? Are you sowing compassion, love, equanimity in your own consciousness? Or are you sowing greed, hatred, ignorance, fear, distrust for yourself?
These teachings are having an amazing affect on me. It will take probably the rest of my life to really be able to live them, but the more I read the more I feel as though I'm coming home. I have read all this before, but it's resonating in new ways now. I'm not sure why, exactly, but it all deeply reassuring. Time for work, now. Let's see what nutrients I take in today.