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Mind Mechanics: Misery and Liberation
Transcript of Mind Mechanics: Misery and Liberation
www.thankyouformeditating.com By training the mind through mindfulness meditation techniques, the conscious mind can actually become aware of typically unconscious reactivity. Then, it can choose to observe body states objectively, as they are, free from judgment or reaction. When these two phsycial sensations are enountered toghether, enough times, they become physically connected in the brain... Let's use the formation of language and thought as an example to illustrate where our mind's perception comes from. The first thing the mind encounters at birth is physical sensation... Let's say that this dot represents the physical sensation of the 'mom.' sound While this dot represents the image of the infant's mother's face: the 'mom'. visual ...and a is learned. In this case, the 'mom.' word word In this way, over time, many words are learned. With practice speaking and understanding, words become associated... ...and definitions are refined. Next, we learn , which are not based on physical sensations... ...but instead are based on other words. An example such a word could be the word 'math.' abstract words The next layer we might call , which are things defined by abstract words... complex concepts ...something like the Pythagorean Theorum. Immediately and unconsciously, the mind to the current body state: the conditions of this moment are categorized in terms of liking, disliking, and neutrality. Here we have our five sense organs. The strange looking man is called the 'sensory homunculus,' and is an image of the physical body scaled to the proportions for which the brain dedicates space for processing the 'touch' sensations. As you'd expect, this makes regions with many nerve endings, like the mouth and hands, relatively large. After physical sensations are picked up by the sense organs, they are immediately and unconsciously perceived by the brain. This means they are put into context based upon the entirety of your past experiences. Let's take a closer look at how your brain's perception forms over time... So we have from the outside world... This perception immediately and unconsciously creates a , which represents information about the conditions internal to and external to the body in this current moment. sensations body state ...being , put into context, by the unconscious mind. perceived Here, we encounter a problem. reacts As conditions we dislike persist... And as conditions that we like fail to persist... ...'dislike' can magnify into an intense aversion, which is a very stressful and unpleasant state of mind. ...'like' can become an intense craving, which is also a very stressful and unpleasant state of mind. Neutrality pretty much just stays neutral and passes away, or eventually turns into like or dislike. Clearly, unconscious reactivity poses a problem to the conscious mind... ...which, with concern, is experiencing all this aversion and craving. Here we'll represent the conscious mind as this 'cloud' of and . thoughts emotions Aversion and craving can generate negative and ... thoughts emotions ...which actually can negatively feed back upon the , aggravating any existing aversion or craving, and mentally intesifying the unconscious reaction to the current moment. body state This is the 'motor homunculus,' illustrating the proportions of the brain dedicated to controlling the body's muscles. Here we see the hands are extremely large, for fine control over manipulating our environment. The face and mouth are also exaggerated, for effective verbal and non-verbal communication. The 'BLAH, BLAH, BLAH' is a reminder that our actions can be physical as well as verbal. The world operates according to cause and effect. And as such, selfish and chaotic actions generate isolating and chaotic events and cirumstances. Which is exactly how we generated unpleasant cirstances in the first place. Luckily, there's a way out of this chain of events. Let's take another spin through the flow chart to see which link in this chain can be broken. ...which are perceived and reacted to with aversion. In hopes of avoiding aversion, we end up endlessly striving to acquire the things we crave. Isolating and chaotic events and circumstances become isolating and chaotic ... physical sensations In recognizing, embracing, and living in accordance to the flow of cause and effect between our minds and the material world, we can learn to observe each moment of our lives with equanimity, completely free from aversion and craving. Living mindfully and equanimously allows one to find real compassion, real peace, and real harmony, which is spread effortlessly with every action, verbal or non-verbal. Mind Mechanics: Misery and Liberation Welcome to By: H. Mason Hedberg Our actions impact the world around us... In this scenario, actions are influenced by reactivity, which incorporates some chaos into them. An intention to relieve aversion or acquire the object of our craving can make it difficult to judge a situation objectively, and produces selfish or unjust actions. ...even if it is just a tiny piece of the world.