Do you blindly follow any rituals or rules?
Let me tell you a story.
- When the spiritual teacher and his disciples began their satsang, a cat that lived in the monastery made lot of noise and it distracted them. To avoid the distraction the teacher requested the disciples to tie the cat. The teacher ordered that the cat be tied up every day during the satsang. Years later, when the teacher died, the cat continued to be tied up during the satsang session. And when the cat eventually died, another cat was brought to the monastery and tied up. Centuries later, learned descendants of the spiritual teacher wrote scholarly articles about the religious significance of tying up a cat for meditation practice. The new teacher considered the satsang incomplete without a cat tied in the monastery.
When you ask someone, “Why are you doing this?” and if the reply is like below once, it essentially means that they don’t understand the intent behind!
- I am doing this because “someone” asked me to do it
- I am doing this because everyone else is doing (this is the common ritual here).
Do you have similar answers for what you do in your life as well?
Take couple of moments to reflect!
Be it at work or worship, it is very important to understand the intent of what we do. If you understand the intent, your commitment to that activity is going to change. You can also improve or improvise the system if you know why you are doing this. Recall your commitment on something you have done because “someone asked you to do it.”
“Challenge the status quo“, is an essential teaching from Lean Thinking, for continuous improvement.
Next time when you think of doing something without understanding the intent, challenge, with a genuine intent to understand!