One of the tropes of the 60’s was that a good drug trip depends on “set and setting” — one’s mindset and physical setting. If you think about it, that means goodness in one’s interior world, and goodness in one’s exterior world, which covers just about everything, does it not? So I’d suggest that not just a good drug trip, but a good LIFE in general depends on “set and setting”.
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August 11, 2019 10:30
August 04, 2019 10:30
Near as I can tell, if you ask three people who meditate about their practice, you’ll get four different answers! So here’s a fifth point of view...
If ‘prayer’ is ’me talking to God’, am I doing all the talking and not doing any listening? To me that’s where ‘meditation’ comes in – setting aside time to just listen. That might be to God’s ‘still small voice’, or it might be to the unconscious/collective unconscious that seems to be a lot smarter than my conscious self. I’m not sure I can tell where one leaves off and the other begins.
July 28, 2019 22:30
In ancient Greece, Homer’s Iliad & Odyssey enjoyed a status much like the Bible in our own culture. One of Homer’s more famous stories is when Odysseus has to thread his ship between the sea monsters Sylla and Caribdis because there is no other way through the Strait of Messina — too far to port or starboard is doom. I feel that way about most of the Big Questions: regarding Science I try to thread my way between the Sylla and Caribdis of uncritically accepting Science (as does Richard Dawkins — the popular atheist author) and uncritically rejecting it (flat earthers?); likewise uncritically embracing the Bible (the world was created 6000 years ago) and uncritically rejecting it (e.g. Richard Dawkins again?). By the way, I mean ‘criticism’ in the sense of really thinking something through, NOT ‘putting it down’. When one makes ‘critical thinking’ a practice, one soon sees that even seemingly simple questions are frequently multi-faceted.