June 10th, 2016

There is only now

“Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.” Meister Eckhart

We're lost...in our minds.

Rarely, if ever, do we understand let alone 'enjoy' this moment. (One question which I've found helpful, not in a childish way, is: What in this moment is wrong? Think about it. This moment. Not a moment ago, or what you wish for in the future.)

Imagine it.

A world where people lived in the moment.

Of course, you'll think this all Woo Woo and a way too spiritual (as opposed to what?), but our minds, the egoic purview, couldn't cope. Why? Becuase it would have nothing to worry about. Nothing to ruminate on. Or nothing to talk about.

The hardest thing, of course, is finding that interior bliss.

If you've experienced 'no mind', normally it's in a state of reverie where, for instance, you're lost in nature, doing something you deeply love or being involved in extreme sport or an activity where you brain hasn't got time to think. (I wouldn't recommend that we live in a heightened state of fight or flight. For a start, it's too tiring.) Creating that sense of awareness, in everyday life, is the challenge of our age.

For me, I know that if I don't listen to or read something that makes me think profoundly about my unceasing brain activity and how unhelpful it is to my life, it's too easy to revert to type where I engage in every bit of interior dialogue or more particularly I pour fuel on the inner fire which either puts me in a great mood -- but it never lasts -- or a dark hole (Black Dog as Churchill called it).

I'm not exhorting anything, but, please, before you get wrapped up in another maelstrom of self-made mind activity, take it from someone who's been to the edge and back that the best strategy I know is to disidentify from your thoughts. Don't judge. Don't add to. Don't deliberately ignore. Just observe in a neutral way. (If you've ever meditated then remember the cloud metaphor; it's helpful.)

Of course, you might believe that you are your thoughts and have the ability to shape them by dint of your will. Again, as someone who spent many years playing with self-affirmation, I can tell you it's not only a waste of time, it puts you back to the point where you don't know who you are let alone where you're going.

Anyhow enough of my existential verbiage. Enjoy your day. Make it a no mind day if you can.

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