the practical buddhist : essentials

freeze-framing our lives


Our lives are ever changing, evolving each and every day.

When we voluntarily adopt a belief or a belief system, we attempt a freeze-frame our life. Freeze-framing our life is like trying to freeze our children at age two.

We’d love to be able to do it sometimes, but it isn’t realistic.

Beliefs are usually thoughts we have about something; about something we want to be true. But Reality is different than this. Reality is what we actually see, experience, and know.

Beliefs that never match Reality because life is ever changing and evolving. Reality isn’t something to believe in. It’s what is.

Living according to Reality is how you awaken. Choosing a set of beliefs is choosing to substitute something else for Reality.


2 responses to “freeze-framing our lives”

  1. Yvetto says:

    Beliefs are based on faith not reality that is the difference to me.

    • BarryMorris says:

       @Yvetto Hi Yvette! Thanks for commenting. 🙂
      My position is that a belief based on faith is placing my hopes on something that’s unproven or not  real. Faith requires a commitment to be made to something unknown, otherwise faith doesn’t exist. Conversely, an experience is real; you live it and know it be true firsthand. You don’t have to believe the experience because you know it’s real.
      Also, for me, belief requires abandoning all other possibilities. To believe in a deity, for example, requires me to abandon the possibility that said deity could just be something someone else wants me to believe in. 
      In my experience, especially within religion, traditions passed on through family and culture, are largely indistinguishable from what’s real. 

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