|Posted by email@example.com on August 5, 2020 at 7:20 PM|
Today, I want to talk about "things."
"Things" being physical matter, ideas, or even experiences.
"...things themselves have no natural power to form our judgements."
- From the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius VI.52
(121 - 180 C.E.... over 1,800 years ago...)
When you see trash on the ground and it makes you mad, that trash did not reach into your mind and give you thoughts and feelings of being mad!
When you see that kid eating lunch all alone and it makes you sad, that kid didn't reach into your mind and give you thoughts and feelings of being sad.
When you see #blacklivesmatter and it makes you outraged because you believe #alllivesmatter, the idea that "black lives matter" didn't reach into your mind and give you thoughts and feelings of being outraged.
In all of these cases (in every case imaginable), what gives you the feelings you feel, and the thoughts you think, is you.
You are either consciously thinking thoughts in that moment that trigger the way you feel, or the "thing" activates thoughts within you that you've BEEN thinking, which have established what we call "preconceived notions" or "beliefs" or "prejudices" that instantly gives you the feels without the conscious thinking in that moment (because those conscious thoughts have been thought, and have already become an established part of your mind and perspective.)
Let me repeat that another way:
Any time you feel an instant-feeling reaction of some strong emotion or another, it is because of thoughts you have thought before with such consistency or conviction, it has become a fundamental part of your perception of reality... and not because of [whatever] you think is "making" you feel that way.
This is very important to realize, because every time we say or think something like "that [whatever] made me mad" or "that [whatever] is a sad sight" or "That [experience] made me feel..." we are neglecting the fact that we feel what we feel because of what we think, or have thought previously. Each individual unto themselves.
No "thing," be it a physical matter (from objects to plants, animals and people, etc.), an idea (from worries to dreams and everything in between), or an experience (moments we live through, personally, vicariously, and all the nuances therein), has any natural power to get inside your mind and put thoughts and feelings into it.
(Unless, of course, you believe it can and then, by the very power of your own thought, you will perceive it that way.)
Consistency is the key to building our fundamental perceptions of reality.
Consistency is what makes someone with a continued positive outlook an "optimist," and a person with a continued negative outlook a "pessimist," or a sad person "depressed," or a mad person "vengeful," or a happy person "inspired," or a questioner a "skeptic," or ...so on and so on... I hope you're getting the picture.
If ever you get tired of feeling the way you feel, start changing the way you think about "things" because those "things" are not making you feel that way, you are.
More on this later... for now... let it sink in. ����
Cheers and Namaste,
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