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I have also never been one to follow blindly. It is encouraged and even considered appropriate to question teachings and teachers. Having an open mind and being receptive I think is also important.
Realizations that happen when I am not “looking” tend to be the most powerful. Little bits of clarity that present themselves to me will leave me with a smile and a very peaceful feeling. I never know when, where or how they might happen but they do happen. It is these realizations of truth, the little pieces of the puzzle falling into place that drive me to continue my practice.
For some reason I keep thinking of those pictures that look like a blur of color, that if you squint at them long enough a 3D picture forms.
I was thinking about how much I have observed statements of this nature recently, and how much I use them myself. It does seem a bit of a challenge to veer away from statements like this when I want to discuss something in writing.
I have read and been told in teachings on more than one occasion that it is human nature to put people into categories. I think this is very true. The reality is that I do not know anyone else’s mind, and I would not expect for anyone else to know mine.
When a broad sweeping statement is used, I feel that it automatically becomes exclusive or inclusive depending on how you want to look at it. This of course is based on our own perceptions. However, not being able to know anyone else’s mind how can a statement like that be true? Because of that reason, it would seem that statements of this nature by default could not be “mindful” like they should be.
Is it a challenge for you? Have you thought about it? Do you do it without realizing you are making those types of statements?
Anyhoo, I just thought it was an interesting observation, and one worth sharing. Maybe next time you begin to express yourself see if you catch yourself doing it.
Because if you're talking Buddhism and teachings, I'm keen to see what you're referring to, certainly.
If you're talking Politics, I thought you said you were staying away from that topic... and, I might add, I have been both watching and participating in some Political discussions here, and keeping my eye on things. I'm not aware of any broad sweeping statements that have been in any major way inaccurate.
However, I will await your clarification...
Yes, it was the thought I had while responding, but it was an observation I had of myself that sparked the thought. Sort of one of those times when you see something, then you seem to notice it all over. While I am sure there may be specifics on this forum, I was speaking in more general terms, and not specifically about politics.
The teaching I was speaking of was a recent teaching I listened to in person. It was on mindfulness. In the teaching it was mentioned that the way we express things to others, and the wording we use can automatically imply a negative, and put people on the defensive, and even feed yourself a negative. For example if you told someone "I hate it when you do XYZ.." you are expressing the emotion of hate, and what the person on the receiving end of that gets is the message ..you hate. Vs. if you expressed yourself in a different way "I really love it when you don't XYZ..." the message comes across as more positive.
So that in turn got me to thinking, how are broad statements really any different, and when you really think about them can they be considered true, and should I be using statements like that ... which in turn lead me to the post above. I thought it would be interesting to see if anyone else caught themselves doing that and what they thought.
I think that very often I walk around taking short breaths in and out. It is only when I think about it, that I allow myself the pleasure of taking a deep breath.
My teacher suggested as an exercise that I take 20 deep breaths and let them out without holding them as a prelude to meditation and easing into a relaxed state.
I have often felt that religion and philosophy have a larger audience with those that have had the chance to live life a little bit.
Having the life experiences necessary to see the connections where they may apply. Sort of like how you could read about sculpting, you could watch someone sculpt, but until you put your own hands on the clay ...