One of the most important things one can learn from the 67 steps is this: the truth is not within. It takes a sea of knowledge to even start to make out the outlines of the truth... And that knowledge needs to be learned... We live in a world of uneducated, ignorant fools... almost no one is an exception.
Changeability, adaptability is the secret of living a consistently good life... but changeability and adaptability depend on awareness. As your awareness grows in the four pillars of the good life, so your success and the quality of your life...
By the way, did you notice I didn't say "learn about awareness..." but that is what you read? Right?
In the old Forum program, the Forum Leader came in, screaming at us, poor unsuspecting brand new participants: For you Everything is the same as everything else ... except not always.
Robert Malthus watched the economy and demographics with rapt attention. He watched and saw what no one before him ever see... He saw something... and got really excited. He got up to write an article... It was the turn of the century, about 1798.
The phenomenon he saw, now called after him, the Malthusian Principle, is that when harvest is good, when the economy is good, people think it will last forever, eat better, spend what they have, make more babies...
I am happy to report that the second type of mite, spider mite, has been turned into "has been", for now at least. Finally, now that the pressure of nightly fear of going to sleep, the incessant itching, is lowered to a bearable level.
The weather has turned springlike, and today I noticed that it went by unnoticed, I only paid attention that now I have to wear less clothing. No thought of going for a walk, no thought of gratitude, just going through the days teeth gritted. Life felt like a chore, something to survive.
If you look, at least half of your time is spent fixing or being part of a "fix".
The problem with fixing is fundamental and it is against Life and it is against Nature. Fixing has the root in "something is wrong"... but in nature nothing is every wrong. It is what it is. Wrong, and an attitude, a perspective, a judgment, comes from humans.
Nature, Life, never fixes anything, it continues on what is, and it either will live or die. Or it restores... but not fixes...
Nature, Life, doesn't care. Caring is a human error.