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Meditation – our experience of self and of the world…

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“Positive emotions, such as compassion and patience, are teachable skills; and the way we think directly influences our experience of the world.”

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Montaigne believed that meditation is the finest exercise of one’s mind and David Lynch uses it as an anchor of his creative integrity. Over the centuries, the ancient Eastern practice has had a variety of exports and permutations in the West, but at no point has it been more vital to our sanity and psychoemotional survival than amidst our current epidemic of hurrying and cult of productivity. It is remarkable how much we, as a culture, invest in the fitness of the body and how little, by and large, in the fitness of the spirit and the psyche — which is essentially what meditation provides.

We know that the self is a social construct and the dissolution of its illusion, Harris argues, is the most valuable gift of meditation:

The conventional sense of self is an illusion [and] spirituality largely consists in realizing this, moment to moment. There are logical and scientific reasons to accept this claim, but recognizing it to be true is not a matter of understanding these reasons. Like many illusions, the sense of self disappears when closely examined, and this is done through the practice of meditation.

See the posting:  http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/09/29/sam-harris-waking-up-meditation/

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Desire…

 

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“Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love.” 

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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Saudade

“We are all strangers in a strange land, longing for home, but not quite knowing what or where home is. We glimpse it sometimes in our dreams, or as we turn a corner, and suddenly there is a strange, sweet familiarity that vanishes almost as soon as it comes…”  Madeleine L’Engle

This quotation from L’Engle brings to mind the concept – or philosophy – of ‘saudade’ – a Portuguese word that some feel defies translation.  This state of emotional longing, quite similar to nostalgia or yearning – though different – in that the longing is for a thing, a place, a person that is absent, a lost loved one – and it may carry a repressed knowledge that the person or thing may never return.   A Portuguese dictionary has defined saudade as a melancholic feeling of incompleteness. Noted in an essay by George Monteiro, the scholar A. Bell’s 1912 definition was offered: “The famous saudade of the Portuguese is a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future, not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness.”

  As I am writing on this concept – with all the varied interpretations possible – I would enjoy hearing of your thoughts – AND your experiences of what this has felt like to you, or what has evoked this sense of saudade in you.  Send your responses through WordPress or through my email: roldeschulte@gmail.com 

Thank you.

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