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Feeling the depth

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Many of us go through life regurgitating what was spoon fed to us throughout our youth.  Many of us function and perceive in the ways that we were taught… and, therefore, what we perceive and think is tainted with (and “as”) the dusty past.  Many of us, even when we are encouraged to go beyond all that — in order to, perhaps, see things freshly and anew — tend to just momentarily see the importance of it… but then go on with our lives in the same old ways.  (Which means we never really observed the deep importance of it whatsoever.)

So many of us were so painstakingly drilled (and filled) with the separative systems and symbols of the past… that we tend to habitually cling to them and repeatedly depend on them.  Many of us rarely, if ever, are truly silent and beyond being the absorbed symbols by which we perceive and think.  Many of us are constantly relying on and calculating with (and “as”) these symbols; the very way we perceive things in the world is dictated by what these symbols are constituted of.  We perceive through — and “as” — these symbols.  These symbols have an inherent distance and line of demarcation to them.  They inevitably tend to be fractional, piecemeal icons.  However, thoughts and mentally absorbed symbols/images, no matter how substantial they may seem to be, are almost always mere partial tokens that are mere representational patterns.   Many of us are slaves to these mere representational symbols.  Look at how so many so-called young people constantly are texting to each other.  Instead of enjoying the integrity and wholeness of a moment… they are constantly electronically writing about it to others (all the while conveying with dead words about what could have been a living, joyful occurrence). 

There is a good chance that the only true depth and the only real living (in this life) is what takes place beyond mere symbols, beyond the second-handedness (and virtual reality) that symbols reinforce and foster.  What is superficial will not, however, seriously see the need for transcending all of the symbols and images that people cling to.  What is immersed in superficiality, unfortunately, will not likely truly see the need for going beyond it.

Projections (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Projections (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Projections (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Projections (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving 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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    • Thanks, Lori! Thought does not have the real depth… but only somewhat reflects what occurs much deeper than thought. 🙂

      Also, Lori, since we know that you love deer and spend a lot of magical time in nature… please be careful with regard to Lyme Disease. My cousin got bit by a little tick just by working with her raspberries in her well kept yard (that has no trees or big bushes) that a deer visited. She became very languid and full of arthritic pain and had skin sores. Read about it – it is getting much more prevalent – and use spray and tie something around your pant bottoms to your socks. Be extremely careful, please!

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  1. Tom: Nice narrartive, great image, color and PW. My wife just came back from a walk and from behind our six foot, backyard fence she noticed how beautiful our large, front yard pine tree is. We’re always viewing it from below – never appreciating its height and shape.

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