To a great extent, the perceiver is not (psychologically) separate from the perceived. If we go through life merely as a sequence of patterns (i.e., from one set of fragmentary psychological patterns to another… which is time), then are we truly living as a bona fide whole?
It may be that to be timelessly alive, one often exists beyond the patterns and the mere robotic recognition of patterns.
A poem by Wallace Stevens:
The Indigo Glass in the Grass
Which is real… This bottle of indigo glass in the grass, Or this bench with the pot of geraniums, the stained mattress and the washed overalls drying in the sun? Which of these truly contains the world? Neither one, nor the two together.
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.
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I can’t pretend to understand any of that, but really enjoyed reading it 🙂
That is OK, Harini, because — and this is so true — sometimes the indirect view isn’t automatically comprehensible but, nevertheless, it helps one in the long run. In other words, it helps one to touch the answer even though the correct answer isn’t automatically (consciously) perceived. 😉
Yes, I feel that. I’m reading a book at the moment called The Big Picture by Sean Carroll that I don’t follow at all. But here and there I get a glimmering of what he’s saying and that’s fascinating.
Yes, there you go! If you get a chance, read Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. Lots of deep insight there but it often doesn’t hit one directly at first. 😊
Thank you, I will 🙂
This close-up view of these mushrooms makes them appear like they are made of rubber – a really different perspective of how we usually see them, shiny on top with the spongy layer underneath. Unique to see Tom.
Thanks, Linda! Yes, up close is often way different than the usual perspective. 😊
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