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Stillness and the mind of agitation…

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.     The basic essence of “thoughts” is that they are all essentially conditioned, as part of a cause/effect continuum.   Wisdom is pure silence.  Thoughts are vital for survival but — though this may seem odd to people in our exclusively thought-based society — most people, unfortunately,  greatly overuse the process of thinking.  (We are not suggesting that one vegetate into some kind of abyss of feeble-mindedness and ineptitude; the mind can often, in deep intelligence, be fully aware without merely thinking via sequential symbols).  Thoughts are symbolic, residual responses, and, as such, they inherently are limited, second-hand reactions.  Reactions have their place, but a mind that is heavily immersed in merely being essentially a series of reactions… tends to be a rather mechanical, robot-like mind (even though it may seem to be “normal” by society’s low standards).  Profound intelligence is warm (whole) action, not mechanistic (fragmentary) reaction.  To merely be one conditioned series after another, day in and day out, may be acceptable (and even “normal,” by society’s current standards), but it may not be what “truly living is” whatsoever.  If the implicit nature of thought is that it (i.e., all of it) is essentially conditioned and residual, then to truly be intelligently free, one must go beyond the parameters of thought/thinking.  

   To observe holistically requires more than just thought.  Thought/thinking is always fractional… and if one is constantly observing only through the filters constructed from symbolic thinking, then one cannot truly be observing holistically (though one may erroneously maintain that one sees the whole).  For too many, the “whole” is just another symbolic concept (or a series of learned concepts). Thought is always partial and crudely sequential; one can only basically think one thing — or just a few things — at a time.  A mind of perturbability is often bubbling with reactionary thought; most people are merely spewing with thought upon thought; a set — a continuous series — of mere conditioned reactions is fundamentally constituted of distortion.  (The current state of our society is a reflection of that distortion.)  If thought is always fractional and limited, it may be — in a way — akin to restless, fragmentary waves on the surface of a lake.  Each of the waves may reflect only a part of what is above (in a very distorted way).  An analogous, still lake is not as conducive to distortion (concerning the immeasurable, universal beauty of what is above).

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Stillness... by Thomas Peace 2013

Stillness… by Thomas Peace 2013

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original mindfulness sayings and/or poetry that deals with mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: tom8pie.com (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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