[2-26-18 Flood Update:
The river is receding well. We are OK but have a ton of cornstalks in our yard. I am elderly and have arthritis so may have to hire people to remove it. Marla says that there is more rain in the forecast (coming soon). We don’t have hydrophobia yet but we are getting there!
Excerpt from Emily Dickinson:
You cannot fold a Flood—
And put it in a Drawer—
Because the Winds would find it out—
And tell your Cedar Floor— ]
[Note: Update on our River Flooding: The river remains very high. Our house is OK so far, except for some very minimal water in a small section of our crawl-space that a sump-pump has been taking care of. Many local rural homes and nearby towns are flooded severely, unfortunately. Our neighbor told us that her son had to rescue his mother-in-law from her rural home. Her son’s mother-in-law’s home is surrounded by water and is severely flooded within the living area. At first, his mother-in-law refused to leave… much like the couple that i mention in my update within the Flooding posting that i submitted. Please refer back to that recent posting for that update. We had more severe rain last night for a time; i hope that that will not cause the river to rise; it shouldn’t. Some large logs have been hitting the horizontal I-beams that support the nearby bridge, as the water level is so very high. Thanks again to many of you for your heartfelt comments and concerns.]
Thought/thinking is always, as we have often said, an extension or protrusion from the old storehouse of memory. Thinking is a form or representation and symbolism used in order to achieve desires and wanted outcomes. Interestingly, when thinking occurs in (and “as”) the brain, it often exists (mimicry-like) as a sequence of words (which are a simulation of one’s actual talking voice); thinking can also occur as a sequence of stored images that are pictorially oriented. Thinking is essentially all virtual; even the simulation of one’s actual voice, used as internal verbal thought, is virtual. Yet so many of us cling to (and exist “as”) this virtual, spurious pseudo-reality. The essence of thinking is reaction, mimicry, symbolism, categorization, interpretation, restructuring, recollection, recognition, abstraction, and finding meaning. Additionally, thinking can help with real curiosity. Profound curiosity, however, goes beyond thinking and is never merely tied to any superficial motive (such as how to make more money). It is interesting that those of us who think better than others are (oftentimes) given better (and higher paying) jobs. Society tends to worship complex and intricate thinking. Ironically, it may be that the wisest minds go beyond mere motive; it is motive (and robotic reaction) that corrupts the perception (the availability) of the whole.
What we are suggesting here is that, perhaps, it is not merely the most complex thinking mind (with the most thoughts) that is to be admired. A mind that functions as thinking when it is necessary but that often prudently goes beyond thinking may (indeed) be admirable. Unfortunately, the brain that thinks endlessly is a very mechanical, robotic, materialistic brain. A prudent mind that often goes beyond thinking is not the opposite of the “endlessly thinking brain” but it is (fortunately) different. Of the two aforementioned brains, one of the two endlessly depends on being reactions and on receiving endless stimuli to feed those reactions. The other of the two often goes beyond the realm of “reacting”; interestingly, it can — and does — function as awareness without the need for exclusively being reactions… without the need for exclusively categorizing endless stimuli. One of the two craves experience in order to function. The other of the two partakes in experiencing but also can function without mere dependence on experience. Of the two, one must stay — and endlessly remain — within the field of the known. The other of the two dwells in the field of the known but is not merely tied to that very limited domain. All thoughts are fragmentary symbols, and the essence of the sequential arrangements that they are always involves limitation. Profound curiosity — if it really has true depth — is not foolish enough to be satisfied with remaining in (and “as”) a limited domain. Not enough of us question the essence of the domain that we function in… and not enough of us intelligently consider going beyond the domain that we function in; the domain we are referring to is, of course, “thinking.” The mind can be fully aware, alive, and sensitive without needing to rely on thinking and time (though often, of course, thinking is very necessary). Mere constant recognition is, each and every time, limited reaction as part of motives. Each and every limited reaction with (or “as”) a motive is inaction regarding holistic perception; this inaction denies that holistic energy.
The known cannot penetrate into (and understand) the true unknown. The unknown, however, can flower within a mind that does not merely exist as endless reaction (i.e., endless responses of the old); a sapient mind often does not merely function with (and “as”) the known. Deep insight and profound enlightenment/satori can only occur when the known is not functioning (as the old repetition and habitual sequence that it is). What is truly new, what can never be recognized as the same thing over and over again, can never be experienced by the old past (i.e., by the known). The dead known can never enter into the measureless and timeless beauty of the living unknown. What is fallacious cannot remain what it is and enter truth.
The beauty of real mindfulness and meditation is that they are not what can be practiced via any methodology. All methodology relies on the known and exists within the field of time. Time is not a path to the timeless; measure is not a means to the measureless. Mere experience (or trying to go beyond experience) is not a path to that sacredness that is beyond all the senses.
Yes, thank you! 🙂 I’m a vegetarian too, though i do take fish oil capsules for arthritis (and for the necessary DHA). Make sure you are getting DHA; it is essential for brain development and health!
Thank you for the tips 🙂
Yes, a lot of people, especially, vegans, are not getting enough DHA whatsoever. Brain shrinkage! The ALA in nuts and seeds cannot be converted into enough DHA by most people.
maybe the worst is over….best wishes
Yes, it is receding! 🙂 Two (loose and floating) huge propane tanks — the kind for heating houses — are banging against the bridge making thunderous noises!
I appreciate your thoughts and summary paragraph. Interesting photos of the ant too. Hope the water stays low – stay safe!
Thank you, Shelley! 🙂 It is going down! Two (loose and floating) huge propane tanks — the kind for heating houses — are banging against the bridge making thunderous noises!
Sorry to hear about your local flooding. 5 plus years ago we went through Superstorm Sandy. Living on the coast it was…challenging. M 🙂
We donated to a lot of the Superstorm/Hurricane disasters. People need to do more re climate change/ending fossil fuels.
thinking of your plight
Much appreciated, Andy! It is receding! 🙂 However, two (loose and floating) huge propane tanks — the kind for heating houses — are banging against the bridge making thunderous noises!
Thank you! “The beauty of real mindfulness and meditation is that they are not what can be practiced via any methodology. ” YES! My experience of mindfulness (and the pursuit thereof) is that pursuing, being open to mindfulness never hurts, almost always relaxes … but an actual mindful experience cannot be “practiced” deliberately – it is always a gift from without, choosing to bless with temporary grace.
Yes, Jazz, it cannot be grasped by what is false. The false must end, without motive; the false’s essence is motive. 🙂
It must be very hard to have to abandon your home, especially if you are elderly like the mother-in-law. I hope the water levels go down soon.
It is receding, Scifi, but there are a lot of corn stalks in our yard that i’ll have to haul. Two (loose and floating) huge propane tanks — the kind for heating houses — are banging against the bridge making thunderous noises!
Towns in our area are inundated!
I hope the bridge survives!
It did! 🙂
Sorry about the flooding affecting your house and others nearby. I hope those logs don’t take out the bridge!
Thank you, SoyBend! 🙂 It’s not the logs that we are worried about! Two (loose and floating) huge propane tanks — the kind for heating houses — are banging against the bridge making thunderous noises!
Oh my God!!! We had big logs take out a bridge near where I used to live – no propane tanks though.
Stay safe Tom!
Yes, thank you, Belinda! 🙂 We were luckier than a lot of people but still had a little bit of water in the crawl space. I am getting older, and i sure hope that i do not have to go crawling around in the crawl space again anytime soon!
I heard the news on TV. Hope it’ll getting better for you guys!
Yes, it is, Amy! 🙂 Sad how some of the local towns really got it bad! It is receding well now. Now i have a lot of cornstalks to rake and dump off of the lawn.
Stay safe! Hope the water level go down soon!
It is going down… and no appreciable rain in sight! 🙂 Now i have a lot of cornstalks to get off of the lawn.
Thank God! Stay safe!😊😊
So glad to hear you all are okay Tom. Could someone please go and get those two huge floating propane tanks and return them to their rightful owner? Good grief Charlie Brown! Hang in there man and continue your deep thinking. Sometimes that’s the one thing that maintains your sanity! Peace! 🙂
🙂 I called the local police. All that they did was to take pictures of them and leave. Maybe the highway dept. will do something, but they probably will not. Once the water continues to recede a little more they will clear the bridge and float to the next county. Hopefully, someone will get them out but they are too damaged to be of use.
Deep thinking is better than a lot of deep water! 🙂
I agree! 🙂
Glad your own home was OK Tom. We have seen bad flooding in our area in the last three years too. Like you, we have been lucky so far.
It’s worldwide! People don’t realize enough about the impact of human environmental negligence.
Holding Y’all in my heart. Hang in there…..sending prayers…..
Thank you for your thoughts. 🙂 (Regarding regular prayers: The sacred doesn’t pull strings in the manifested universe; no power manipulation is involved.)
Thinking You assume my prayers are something they are not. Those words mean something different to me than they do to You, I think. Basically….that was the same as sending Love. White light for a quality of ease for You and Yours through whatever happens. A smile. A hug. We just went through 2 hurricane seasons back to back that sucked. It’s scary and takes a while to bounce back. 2 manditory evacuations. One which we ignored….now that was an adventure…but God. I know of which You speak. We got very lucky both times. Trees down but that was the worst. Others fared much, much worse. Hoping Y’all do great!!! Cheers! 😊
Yes, forestingyearound, sending love or feelings of deep concern is different! 🙂 My wife and i were just over to a neighbor’s house — they live around 8 doors upriver from us — who had more serious flooding problems than we did. Plus, their huge garage and adjacent storage area burned down to the ground not long ago (and the huge fire almost ignited their home). They had a double-whammy, unfortunately. We offered any help, should they need it, and encouraged them to stay strong!
Prayers to you and your area on the flooding. Stay safe!!
Thank you for your thoughts! 🙂 (Regarding regular prayers: The sacred doesn’t pull strings in the manifested universe; no power manipulation is involved.)
I understand that truth. I believe it is a comfort in a time of angst for many to know that someone thinks of them in their daily prayers, no matter the outcome. 🙂
It took me quite a while to read your post and take it all in. I do agree and get it.
Awesome that you may have gotten something out of it, RG! 🙂 Most do not go into it or understand it, unfortunately. Personally, i’m not interested if people agree with it or not; however, if they see something whole and not so fragmented and ordinary… that’s what matters! 🙂
Wishing you well!