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2. The Dude & the Limber Mind

Updated: Jan 16


A deeper look at what motivates the Dude...


Are we just playing at being a Dude?


Sweatbands, like, You Need them for Bowling?


You can use sweatbands at the gym to stop sweat from going in your eyes'hands, or you can wear them as you leisurely stroll to the cake shop to buy several large donuts to take home and spend the day exercising nothing but your eyes while watching movies. 


We've got to be sure that we aren't wearing the "Dude" label for show.  Because that's like kinda unDude, man. 


For a moment, let's look at some of the central tenets of Dudeism:

The Central Tenets of Dudeism

1. To have a limber mind

2. To take it easy

3. To abide

 

The first of those is the root of taking it easy and abiding.  But don't take my word for it, let's explore this a little. 


If as practitioners of Dudeism we are telling ourselves "I must respond in this way to keep my mind limber", that in itself is not a limber mind.  It's not abiding by how things are, it's not naturally at ease with the current circumstances. 


Sure, like a good Buddhist, we can tell ourselves to respond to aggression in a peaceful way, and that's all fine and dandy, but there is control going on here.  The untamed hound of the mind is having its chain pulled by the controlling sense of self; the creator of must be, should be, could be, and what if.


Are We Taking it Easy, When We are Trying to Take it Easy?


If we are controlling things in this way, then are we taking it easy, and are we abiding by how life is at that time?  And if not, then what the hell is this all about, and how does a Dude do it? 


In Daoism, which is often referred to in Dudeism, the Dude is called the Sage, and the Sage has seen through the falsehood of the self by recognising or realising the Truth.  This Truth has caused them to recline in the cosmic chaise lounge of life and be rather untroubled by shit. But it is not a Daoist truth.  It's not a Dudeist one or a Buddhist one.  It is THE TRUTH - not shouting here.


What is this Truth I'm Blathering About?


In a Daoist sense, it means to "attain the Dao", and in a Buddhist sense, it is to Awaken to our True-Nature.  In Christianity, it is to realise the Christ mind.  Yet, having said all that, there are a lot of uptight reactionaries in each of those religions, so this darn Truth is clearly something that eludes most of us, even those of the Holy Brethren. 


In the Dao de Jing, verse 16 for example, it says,


"Returning to the Source is known as stillness, which is the way of nature.  The way of nature is unchanging.  To know the unchanging is to know wisdom.


Somewhere in the Psalms, in that old part of the Bible that comes from way back when God's dog was a pup, it says,


"Be still and know that I am God."


And, in the Buddhist scripture "The Qualities of 8 Bodhisattvas", the Reverend Buddha is telling the Bodhisattvas to engage in cultivating stillness, that this will "cleanse and settle all thoughts", he goes on to say that if they become aware of how their conscious thinking is generally uptight and restless, that it will cause their calm wisdom to appear. 


Mmmmm.

 

So, it seems stillness is an important part of rolling with life. 


It appears to be a vital element to realising the Truth.  Well, if Lao Tzu (Daoism) said it, Siddhartha Guatama (Buddhism) argued it, and Jesus (Christianity, not TBL) preached it, then maybe they're pointing us to a way of smoking the sacred spliff of enlightenment.


The Limber Mind


If our mind has let go of all the shit, and it's lounging in the hammock of calmness, then I think we could safely say that it would be rather limber.  And maybe, a mind that is completely at peace would lead us into taking it easy... and perhaps, not abiding with life, but not really caring about the results and just flowing with the currents of whatever's unfolding at the time.

 

Nice. 


In the next blog, we are going to look more deeply at the qualities of the Dude and how they are affected by a limber mind.


Thanks for reading.


Rev. Thomo.


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