Chained! It is so EASY to stay chained

Decades ago a child chained a bike to this tree: Photo from Sierra magazine September 2011

Good Morning, God!

There is something about this photo that delights me — but also makes me uneasy. It makes me think about how inexorable Life is. And how easy it is to get stuck — figuratively chained to old ideas, old habits, old ways of perceiving the world.

Sigh. I’m remembering how Dr. David Servan-Schrieber didn’t explore alternative ways of treating his cancer until it “came back.” Mostly we don’t even consider that we might be chained to “not so helpful” ideas and viewpoints.

It takes a “wakeup call” to get our attention. And a personal health scare is a definite wakeup call. But, often, just as with Dr. Servan-Schrieber, one wakeup call isn’t enough. That sure is me, God!

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

What is that first law of Thermodynamics, God? Bodies at rest tend to remain at rest. The law of Inertia. It does take energy to start moving. But it also takes a good deal of thought and looking around to decide exactly what we want to move toward. We are complex beings, God. And, mostly I like that a lot.

I’m still listening to Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. And I have just come across the chapter that talks about our conscious mind as the CEO of the vast assembly of independent contractors and subroutines that more or less coalesce into “me.”

Sigh, You made me, God! And so I am pretty sure You understand WHY I need Your Help! I want to change: what I eat, when I exercise, even how I put things away. If I wasn’t convinced that YOU WANT TO HELP, I’d just go back to bed — instead of getting down on the floor and doing sit ups and pushups.  Did I hear You say, Start Small? That’s a really good reminder, God.

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