Friday, March 5, 2010
You are what you think
Both pics taken yesterday at the National Portrait Gallery. The above was from an exhibit of artists' "to do" lists. Fabulous exhibit!
The power of the mind is unfathomable, which is ironic, isn't it? We literally can't imagine how much impact what we think has on the way life unfolds. But we're beginning to get a glimmer, a sign that we are evolving, at least I think so.
I'm reading brain books again. These days there are so many written for folks like me who are not scientists but still love all the ideas being explored in science. Right now I'm reading about people who recovered from all manner of "incurable" brain abnormalities, due (the writer thinks) to the plasticity of the brain. No doubt that's part of it.
Change the way you think and you can change your life. It sounds so easy, doesn't it? But in truth, changing the way you think is really hard! I believe that's why a practice of meditation is a part of every spiritual tradition. As soon as it began to dawn on our species that taming the mind would serve us, we've tried with all our might to get a mental grip. But the mind is unruly, recalcitrant. Even the Dalai Lama, whose job it is to meditate all the time, struggles to sit quietly.
This morning I tried to meditate. I really tried hard. But I just got my new computer yesterday. With so many new things to learn, so many new neural pathways just waiting to be carved into the gray goo in my head, I could not settle down. I was just too excited. Eventually I gave up, picked up my new gleaming white macbook, and started futzing. A new computer is a lot more fun than meditating, but ... is that a good excuse?
What the hell. I'll meditate tomorow. Yes? I say yes.