Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Louis Pasteur - Catching your mind...

We desperately grab onto opinions to define ourselves and give ourselves a false sense of identity, because our minds can’t really comprehend our own existence. But our mysterious existence is amazing, and it’s valuable to engage in consciousness-expanding activities to give us even a slither of it all. It’s what makes us truly, deeply, happy.

Reading, music, art, being in nature, meditation, as a few examples, aren’t always seen as particularly valuable things. It’s so easy to not to give any time to this kind of thing, but it’s so important because they are what make the difference between existing and living.

The feeling of losing yourself is something that doesn’t happen enough in our world. I think there are a lot of people who have no experience of it at all. There’s not much better, in my eyes, than feeling plugged into the world. It gives insight and fulfilment. It fills you with love for people and it makes your thoughts more efficient, creative, and intuitive.

I’ll do a circle and go back to my first point. Something that tends to trip me up is when I have an amazing experience and then my mind latches onto the thing I had the experience with. ‘I love that’ leads to defining myself again. And then the next time I listen to the track or whatever, I am having to assert my opinions of it. 'I love this song but why aren’t I having the amazing experience I did with it last time oh no.'

Catching your mind in the act can be a spiritual experience in itself. One example I give is when you are kind to somebody. Don’t gratify yourself by now thinking of yourself as a person who is kind. Instead, stay out of the box and keep on fighting the things your mind tries to cling to. When you are content with just being, you feel no need to give yourself labels. It is often a challenge to identify yourself with non-identity, but it is so very worth it. 

The Greeks understood the mysterious power of the hidden side of things. They bequeathed to us one of the most beautiful words in our language—the word ‘enthusiasm’—en theos—a god within. The grandeur of human actions is measured by the inspiration from which they spring. Happy is he who bears a god within, and who obeys it.

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