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Second-handedness

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Real mindfulness, real meditation is not sitting cross-legged on a yoga mat.  Such sitting is calculated and is structured to gain something… (which is greediness).  On the other hand, innocent, pristine awareness throughout the day (that is not merely influenced by the patterns and symbols that others have provided) may be very prudent.  Is it real awareness when one is looking with what other people have poured into one?  Is real awareness, real living, what can take place through the secondhand edicts or patterns provided by others?  When perception takes place through mere symbolic images and via learned psychological separation, is such perception what was copied from others and (additionally) limited and superficial?

It may be that secondhand has little to do with actual living.  However, many rely on (and habitually exist “as”) secondhand, without question.   

 

 

0.5 cm Scarlet-and-Green Leafhopper (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

0.5 cm Scarlet-and-Green Leafhopper (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

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  1. Beautifully said Tom. There is ‘real’ freedom in finding self, and appreciating our world, one sacred moment at a time. A tough concept to explain if you’ve never experienced it. Once found, you just know it and all else is second hand. Thank you for your words and images today.

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    • I disagree. I used to (eons ago) try the other kind. Fortunately, i was familiar in self-hypnosis and realized that intentionally sitting on a mat (and all that kind of thing) was a form of self-hypnosis. Way back then, when one was doing it, some superficial things happened, but nothing extremely profound. It was only when i went beyond what everyone said to do, only when i went beyond all the practices, methodologies, and intentional sitting, that something immense took place. Do what you want, but i wouldn’t go back to the “intentional-practicing” realm for all the man-made treasures in the world. Mesmerization may work for some gullible people; what they get out of it, though, will never be the living immensity.

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