Repetition

Life is full of repetition. Existence is a matter of repetition.

One can sit for hours and reflect upon the truth that life relies and will most certainly rely on repetition for some time. Whether preparing for bed or sitting under a friendly tree deep in thought, a component of existence is following through with actions that are often reiterated merely for the sake of survival. Actions, like cooking oneself breakfast or brushing one's teeth, are usually performed daily. More than that, repetition exists even within the body. To fulfill its functional obligations, which in turn sustain us, the heart repeatedly beats. The repeated rise and fall of the chest when the body inhales and exhales also contributes to our survival. The same applies to swallowing, blinking, digestion, and even the greatest act of digestion - defecation. 

On a more sizable scale, even the planet we inhabit has its cycle of repetition. The sun rises then sets, allowing the moon its chance to shine, and this happens every single waking day of a human's life. Even those often ignored trees, one casually brushes shoulders with while commuting to work has a cycle of repetition that helps purify the air humans need in order to survive. The consequentiality of repetition is much deeper than perceptive words from the beloved Mahatma Gandhi, and the ironic thing is, many overlook its importance, at times even casting dark shadows on to its relevance, making it as undervalued as a bathroom sink.

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So why has repetition garnered such an unpleasant repertoire?

Personal opinion blames human nature and the ignorance thereof. The nature of habit and the lack of cognizance placed on the development of more consequential and significantly impacting ones that the true essence of repetition relies upon. Far too often, many get stuck in negative patterns of thought or rely too heavily on the fact that repetition will help one revert to a more impeccable time of life or state, and somehow erase the negativity in the first place. But, repetition is the action itself, and until the underlying substructure for this action is transparently understood and acknowledged, then the journey will continuously head in the same direction with minimal opportunities for a positive outcome. Consequently, one will continue to roll an eye at repetition instead of allowing sight the opportunity to experience its more preponderant benefits.

The point is, repetition is a resplendent way to learn and teach oneself. Good, auxiliary things like enlightenment emanate from repetition. The conception of it all is in accordance with the saying "practice makes perfect". As a result of repetition, children grow into conscious, able-bodied humans and as they continue growing this is still relied upon. Athletes rely on repetition to become more proficiently adept at their sport, training every day, in the same manner, with slight adjustments here and there - ones that harbour consequential impact on their abilities and ultimately the game itself. Musicians rehearse for hours, singing the same songs, repeating the same lyrics and choreography so that it becomes second nature - assisting with proper preparation for a show or recording a new album. In everyday life, cooking is a repeated action, and for most "non-chef" humans, repetition helps with developing stronger cooking skills while ensuring personal enjoyment as one relishes their meal more when it tastes better. Development of this type of day-to-day skill increases the content of one's personal life while reaping significant positive outcome and personal reward.

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So when possible, think about the idea of repetition and its advantageous influence on one's life and the lives of others.

Think about it deeply. Cast awareness on when it is relied upon and how it is utilized to both assist with personal growth and development and on the contrary to divert or contradict. Many in this world find themselves following through with destructive cycles of repetition - ones that embolden deplorable habits or unobliging lifestyle choices. Cycles that establish doubt as it pertains to the true purpose and helpful nature of it all. Understandably so, doubt in itself has a way of enlightening the mind, but this sort of doubt I speak of is one which infringes upon the value of learning through the use of this helpful tool.  

That being said, if we adjust our understanding and shift perspectives - as it pertains to the deeper role repetition plays in our lives as well as its personal and impersonal impact - do you think more emphasis can be placed on utilizing it as a tool to develop more consciously aware habits, on both an individual and collective scale - habits that can significantly contribute to the upliftment of society and less on its demise?

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