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I am aware

I am aware.

I am aware of space, of distance between free-floating bodies, and of the subtle attraction between them which guides them into proximity. There was no┬átime before now; just a dimly-remembered white flash as I came into my awareness. Birth, or perhaps creation – I cannot say.

I am aware of time, of moments passing from one to the next, and of cause and effect. Vibrations merge, matter and energy coalesce and react, and primal states change. This is the nature of my awareness – self-interaction – but I cannot separate space from time and maintain this cohesive awareness.

I am aware of scale and structure, of fine detail both great and small, and of the delicate balance between them. Complex fractal dimensions play out within me, and I am aware of each as they interact. This is important, but I do not – cannot – understand why.

I am aware of life, of the diversity of forms at all scales, and of the struggle inherent to existence. Joy and suffering fill me as a spectrum of experience that encompasses all that I am. I am born, I live, and I die, only to be reborn into new forms, new configurations. I learn, and my experience transcends each life through word, song, and example. It seems senseless, but this reflects my limited understanding.

I am aware of awareness, and I am aware that I am aware. There is a deeply recursive paradox here, and this paradox troubles me. I have questions about myself – an infinity of questions – that cannot be answered. All I know is what I am – what comes before or after are and will forever be mystery.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Dreams, Philosophy

 

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Mindfulness

A friend of mine on Facebook posted a short article on something called ‘Mindfulness Meditation,’ which is a form of meditation through which you can train yourself to observe your thoughts without becoming lost in them.

The article resonated with me strongly. Especially the part about meditation being simple, but not easy. Thinking a thought, but letting it go instead of allowing it to distract or control me, has been something I’ve struggled with my entire life. I still struggle, although it’s gotten easier since I started meditating – and even then I sometimes find myself drifting away into my thoughts. Especially when I’m tired.

But sometimes, when my mind is sharp, I can close my eyes and observe my thoughts as they occur, then set them aside. In between my thoughts is just… a silence I did not know existed before.

I used to struggle with boredom. One of the curses of ADHD I guess. When I had nothing to do I would find myself almost aching for distraction. Long lines, long car rides, etc., were truly torturous. Since I figured out how to meditate, though, I pretty much never get bored. I’ve waited hours at the DMV, been on cross-country plane rides for work, waited in doctors offices, and other situations where I had nothing to do and nothing to distract myself with. When I find myself in such a state, I meditate, and just… calmly allow the time to pass.

If a thought that I find myself interested in appears, I’ll follow it for a while, but mostly I let them go. I find myself enjoying the silence, for the first time in my life. It helps me to maintain the clarity of my thoughts, and to examine myself and my place in this universe without fear of what’s to come – even though what’s to come in my life is almost certainly going to be painful and difficult.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in Personal Development, Philosophy

 

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Erik’s Wager on the End of the World

You should try to have faith – as I do – that the world will not end tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow will end, but another day will rise and life will continue. If you do have faith, you will surely be saved – from embarrassment, from social and economic ruin, from the anguish of betting so much on your disbelief… and being wrong.

You should try to have faith, but if you cannot – and I must acknowledge that there may be some among you who find they simply cannot believe – there is hope, for you too may be spared social damnation, ostracism, or imprisonment. All you must do is act as if you believe. Pretend, for your sake and that of your family and friends, that the end of the world is not coming.

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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in Philosophy

 

Existential Depression

Deric Bownds posted on his blog the abstract of an interesting paper, which discusses the effects of mind/body dualism – the idea that the body is separate from the mind – on one’s health. According to the abstract, the authors found that people who hold a dualistic mindset are more likely to make poor health decisions than those who don’t.

Having been exploring this dualism for years, even before I knew it had a name, I can certainly attest to having experienced this effect. I originally planned to post this on Deric’s blog as a comment, but it’s grown long enough to merit a post of its own.

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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in Philosophy

 

Sentient

I made this. Just wanted to share.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Philosophy