It seems to me that life in the 21st century has been dumbed down and cheapened. Perhaps more so than ever before, people are fixated on buying happiness at any cost, and then depressing themselves when what they bought doesn’t have any lasting effect. The solution: Simple Presence as a Spiritual Discipline
There is a ‘real’ world of which we are a part. It has no intrinsic meaning, and is therefore ’empty’ of meaning. We interact with everything through our senses. We’ve mentioned this before. Sensory data also has no meaning. We interpret the sensory data. Thus, the world you perceive is not the world — the world you perceive is your interpreted version of the world. Our interaction with ‘the world, then, is always subjective, as we take the raw data and judge (interpret) it.
Most people sense a lack in their lives — as if something important is missing. Mostly, it seems to be about power and anger and force and it seems a bit (or a lot) black. It seems that way because, since you were a kid, people have been stuffing you with fears, prejudices, and airy-fairy ideas that being a good little boy or girl is the only acceptable state.
How I view my reality is solely and completely a result of my upbringing, experiences, and history. The only authentic question is–is the way I am interpreting my reality helping or hurting me? If my interpretation is hurt-filled, I can continue to try to force the world to see it my way, or I can bring peace.
Emotions arrive unbidden. Infants / children experience them without the filters later applied to them. Soon, the tribal ‘takeâ€™ on each emotional state is force fed to the child. “Big boys donâ€™t cry.â€ “Sugar and spice and everything niceâ€¦â€ “What have you to be angry about?â€ or “Iâ€™ll give you something to be angry about.â€ “If you keep pouting your face will freeze that way.â€
Now, you may think that this is unimportant, but I can guarantee that you have a whole list of internal and not-thought-through ‘rulesâ€™ about emotions.