Many of the insights of the awareness movement concerned our patterned behavior in life. One of the contributions of the awareness movement lay in the rich treasury of distinctions made about our ways of being.
Here is one from John Enright, for example. According to him, we are fairly predictable creatures. We follow a round of behavior which he called “the Wheel of Life.”
In the beginning, we do something and dig it. Because we did, we’d do it again and again and again and again until we reached the point of doing it and not digging it. Our satisfaction would decrease with each repetition until we stopped doing it and were now not doing it and digging it. And thus we would go for some time, until we found ourselves missing the activity. We were now not doing it and not digging it.
At this point we might spin the wheel again, begin anew, doing it and digging it and on and on we’d go.