the carrot and the stick

The other night, a friend used the metaphor of the carrot and the stick for the activity of the mind: thoughts are either following the carrot–seeking and hoping for success in the future, or running from the stick–dreading and avoiding failure.

Or we could simply let thoughts rest. No care in the world.







Pick a thought up when it’s needed; some are useful.
It won’t hang around. It’s sure to dissolve soon.
Then rest again.

And again.

© Skye Blaine, 2011


Filed under Advaita, Musings, Non-duality, spirituality

2 responses to “the carrot and the stick

  1. Ah, I like that.
    “Pick a thought up when it’s needed”
    Nice reminder.
    Thank you

  2. Hi Kathy,
    Rupert’s new book, “Presence” is wonderful. I’m reading volume 1 and Boudewijn is reading volume 2. I got first pick, since it was a birthday present!
    It’s stunning. How can he find so many different, clear ways to say the same thing?
    Happy Thanksgiving…

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