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Inspiro Philosophy: Mindfulness

in philosophy •  15 days ago

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A couple of weeks back, I wrote about how @soundwavesphoton had got me hooked on using Inspirobot. If you missed that post or haven't seen this thing, let's just say most of them turn out somewhere between ironically funny to complete nonsense. That being said, sometimes it spits out some real gems that actually make me laugh or jump into a philosophical wormhole and I'm going to talk about the one above today. All of this is totally meant to push an agenda though, and the agenda is to make you go join Swoop's contest.


I suppose the meme/quote above is meant to be ironically funny, but I feel that it's more ironically true. We as humans are attention oriented creatures and when we focus on things, it's hard to remember that a thing is just a thought form. In my opinion, this is most noticeable in regards to our relations to other people. We create a thought form in our mind that is how we see or think the other exists, but in all actually we can't really connect with other people until we can let go of our own thought forms of who and what they actually are, and that's something we all have to learn in our own way.

When we can't stop thinking about someone or something, we make them or it intangible in some way. It's always unattainable as it only exists in our mind. If I focus on money, I'll always want or need more as I'm always thinking about it and it's never just enough. The same logic applies with people. This is how we find ourselves in unhealthy relationships and putting people on pedestals or judging others. It's as if we can't simply stop and accept them as they are for what they are in this moment and appreciate them.

I'm not trying to advocate against thinking about things that are important to us or people we care about, but hanging on to these forms can become limiting in their own right. Ultimately I find that it's all about balance and that we must learn to manage our own expectations and assumption to find peace and love in the reality that we create for ourselves. Hopefully some of what I said here makes sense and if not, well it's all just my philosophical perspective about something that a computer generated as a joke after all. Namaste.


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Hi Clay. I find that you end up over thinking things and need to do the opposite.

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For sure.

Yeah it is interesting, there is a level of understanding that exists below (or above) verbal understanding. Words are like little nets you throw onto reality and although very useful there is always something the net does not catch. The idea of no mind, no words, just action can be very beneficial.

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It's kind of funny, but over the last 1.5 years or so I feel like I've learned so much more by just learning how to get outside of my own head and accept the world and people as they are. Also... Inspirobot is an evil genius...

"When we can't stop thinking about someone or something, we make them or it intangible in some way."

That is an interesting thought but I think it can work both ways. That is to say I think we focus more on what we don't or can't have. It comes back around though becaus our focus on that thing kind of leads us to over state its virtue to the point that our image of it becomes unreal which makes the object of desire become something that is intangible.

There is a (kind of) related issue that this reminds of though. We accept when people focus one things that they desire but we seem to be weirded out when people focus on what they do have. In old love poetry, the spends his time thinking about a woman from afar and everyone is fine with that but is he was spending the same ammount of time focusung on a woman that he is involved with, it comes off as strange.

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That's interesting. As someone that has written poetry from both perspectives I can say that there is totally a very different feel to them. In general though, I try to not really worry about others thoughts and just appreciate things and people for who or what they are and not try to make them into my perception of them. I think that's the core difference. Trying to make people into something versus trying to make our perception match reality. Plus there's the fact that people are always changing, so even if we could completely know another person, they would be someone else by the time we got done thinking. :)

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Nicely put! This is something I worked quite a lot at in last 2 years or so... Constantly reminding myself that I really know nothing about the other/another person/people. I only think I know.
As a result I actually began learning unexpected things about other people. Really opened things up and supplied a lot of space to examine my preconceived notions..

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It's pretty interesting when we can break down our own confirmation bias to some extent.

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