~ on pain and pleasure ~
pain and pleasure are often misunderstood, leading to a perpetual state of dissatisfaction, which we generally resolve by numbing our minds with alcohol, video games, mindless internet scrolling and other largely useless activities.
while pleasure alleviates our stress, pain is a tool we can use to harness our ability to find pleasure and benefit from it.
when we experience pleasure we generally take it for granted and do not reap its benefits. similarly, when we experience pain and discomfort, we generally dwell or seek to escape it, rather than experiencing it and utilizing it as a tool to harness our minds. so instead of running away from it, let us think of pain as the jedi academy of our human experience, something we can gratefully use to help us experience the pleasures of life.
there is no need to escape our reality in the whimsical land of drunkenly xboxing while multitask-texting and watching game of thrones on our ipods. when we realize that we are each, individually, on the most grand journey in the universe, we can find the epicness in our ability to perceive the universe, with ourselves as the protagonist, here and now.
~ todays meditation ~
when we manage to take a break from our routines, we clearly observe what is happening in our world:
-we have been mentally enslaved by our school system, deliberately designed to prevent us from challenging the indoctrination into our current way of living.
-despite the clearly abundant nature of the universe, our current way of living is in the interest of a few privileged humans, who benefit from the imbalance.
-when we encounter ideas that challenge our current way of living (such as unlimited energy, the obsolete nature of debt based currency, the implications of vegetarianism, or embracing the probability of alien life), we have a programmed response to not only contest, but resist even considering these ideas as more logical than beliefs we have been trained to accept.
-this widespread conditioning permeates the way most members of society perceive reality and so not only perpetuates the system of imbalance, but forms a dynamic which disregards people and ideas that observe these truths.
embrace all possibilities, but be skeptical of all truths.
i love you and wish you luck on your journey.