Things to ponder

Detachment

Posted on August 4, 2008. Filed under: Things to ponder, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Detachment

Experiencing those rare moments of Consciousness as in being detached from our own thoughts is a function of the “higher brain.”

The definition of detachment could be confusing to an ordinary person. He/She may understand a detachment as a careless state.

It’s kind of like replacing the thought “I am angry” with the thought “I don’t care,” which is basically creating the belief “I shouldn’t care about anything.”

Let’s assume that our ordinary, automatic thoughts (beliefs) are a lower basic layer of the thinking process in our brain. Then having the second layer of thoughts on the top of the first layer would create a state of detachment.

Those thoughts are processed by the brain at the same time, simultaneously. The second layer of thoughts is not prominent at first, but rather, very subtle and short lived: “I am thinking that I am angry.”

Don’t confuse it with the thought “I am angry,” the lower layer of thinking. The basic thought happens automatically, we are not conscious of it, we are totally associated with it. Being angry is all that we are doing at that moment. Sometimes, in addition to the thought “I am angry,” we might think “but I can’t show it, I need to control (suppress) my angry thoughts.” This is still the basic lower layer of thinking; it is the liner.

It is the second simultaneous layer of thought “I could see my thinking that ‘I am angry’,” without any judgments, allowing the anger to be as it is, that creates an experience of witnessing your thoughts. This is expanding your Consciousness and knowing yourself!

Meditation is the key to the “higher brain functions.”

Meditation or mental training is a process of familiarization with one’s own mental life, leading to long-lasting changes in cognition and emotion.

Understanding and accepting that you are not your thoughts is the first step to practicing a detachment!

Taken from How to be detached

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Our relationship with money

Posted on July 25, 2008. Filed under: Things to ponder, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

While surfing around today, I came across an article on the New Nation talking about Changing your relationship with money

Well, money, today I’m looking at talking about relationship with money. I’ve often had problems with money, and I just can’t seem to reach deep inside of me to find out what is causing me so much problems with it. Looking at my debts, boy I wonder if I’ll ever live for another day. It’s already starting to eat into my life.

I tried asking my mum about her relationship with my dad when she was pregnant with me, did she quarrelled with my dad over money and so on, she didn’t because she was working to supplement income at home. Next was childhood, I remembered my dad giving me a lot of them when I was just a little kid, wanted to buy a toy paratrooper that costs only a few cents, what my dad gave was almost a dollar, a neighbour of mine helped me by making sure that I wasn’t cheated by the retailer. And in school, I remembered having some extra money that I used to pay some rich kid in school who has a hand-held game device just to play on it, my parents couldn’t afford to buy one for me. And then came working life, there just isn’t enough, for the work done and contributions, I just wasn’t given what I thought I’m worth, mainly because I don’t have higer qualifications beyond high school (secondary school). Now… today’s post just show me something that I need to change in my mindset. YAY! but the bad news is, I’m still working… and my salary isn’t enough for me, because most of it goes into paying off my credit card and overdraft facility, I used to have a good job, paying the banks was of no problem, until I quit my job to venture on my own, it failed due to poor capitalisation, and now my credit cards are almost maxed while my overdraft is totally maxed beyond hope. Now I have less than $10 in my savings account, and pay day is 7 days more to go.

I’m still lost in trying to find out what kind of a relationship I’m having to money. I am willing to give it out for a good cause, anonymously but that does not spare me the burden of toiling to pay my debts, and still I’m nowhere near clearing them. What is the unconscious beliefs that repels money from me? I’m atheist, but I do understand about the giving of a portion of your income, 10% to g_d so well, even if I’m giving the 10, there is an element of fear within me, that is calls from the banks, I had to narrow it down to 1% to be able to give freely without fear or grudges, is that a stumbling block?

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