Saturday, March 6, 2010
You are what you think ... but ...
Kim Y of the blog Mouse Medicine, at the Portrait Gallery. Portraits of portraits. Oh yeah.
Some days when I'm meditating I "hear" chatter, all kinds of stray thoughts layered one over another. It's such an annoying thing to have to sit with. Some people believe, when this happens to them, that they are listening to the ongoing busy-ness of the personal mind. Some days it feels like I am tuning in specifically to the cacaphony of my own relentless storymaking machine, but some days it seems that if I'm quiet enough during my sit, what I'm "hearing" is the faint soundtrack of all the other minds on Tennessee Avenue, on Capitol Hill, in Washington DC, etc. - all of those minds busily thinking thinking.
Which is why I'm always curious about new age teachers who are convinced that if I employ the law of attraction, for instance, I can acquire everything I need or want. I'm not saying that intentionality isn't powerful, oh my it is so powerful. But on its way to me, wealth, health, love, etc. has to negotiate a million intersections in which the needs and desires of everyone else are rushing to and fro. Sometimes I think that what I pray for doesn't arrive because it's stuck in a traffic jam somewhere, or has derailed in another direction.
Perhaps I'm being too literal here. But if it was as easy to work with the law of attraction as the "new thought" people say, wouldn't everyone be healthy, wealthy, happy and wise? People talk about diets as if they work, but clearly they don't. If they did, no one would be one pound overweight. Right?
I suspect that the powers of the mind in practice, and in the greater community of minds, encounter far more complications than we can imagine. The world is not a simple place and as citizens of this reality, neither are we. If it was that simple, though, wouldn't that be nice?
Surreal, science-fictiony courtyard at the Portrait Gallery. It smelled like plastic in there.