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originally posted by: schrodingers dog
I’m not saying run towards suffering or embrace negativity … all I’m saying is that most of what humans interpret as free will is a non existent construct of their mind, choosing to allow all things no matter their nature to be the access points to your true self instead of wasting them by taking a mental and/or emotional position towards them, is the only true free will one can exert, and the upshot is that although not easy to practice, it is a lot easier than carrying all that unnecessary weight … and doing so serves you whereas all other approaches do not. Here’s the thing, if you truly get this, you’re not shedding weight, there just isn’t any weight to carry … all there is is relief at first, and then a true freedom from being unnecessarily affected or even manipulated by other minds, because you’re not enabling a relationship between them and yourself, you’re just allowing and using what this world is offering you, including the negativity and suffering.
Him whom I love, I love better in winter than in summer; better do I now mock at my enemies, and more heartily, when winter sits in my house.
Heartily, truly, even when I creep into bed-: there, still laughs and wantons my hidden happiness; even my deceptive dream laughs. I, a - creeper? Never in my life did I creep before the powerful; and if ever I lied, then did I lie out of love. Therefore am I glad even in my winter-bed.
A poor bed warms me more than a rich one, for I am jealous of my poverty. And in winter she is most faithful to me.
With a wickedness do I begin every day: I mock at the winter with a cold bath: on that account grumbles my stern house-mate.
Also do I like to tickle him with a wax-taper, that he may finally let the heavens emerge from ashy-grey twilight. For especially wicked am I in the morning: at the early hour when the pail rattles at the well, and horses neigh warmly in grey lanes:-
Impatiently do I then wait, that the clear sky may finally dawn for me, the snow-bearded winter-sky, the hoary one, the white-head,-
-The winter-sky, the silent winter-sky, which often stifles even its sun!
Did I perhaps learn from it the long clear silence? Or did it learn it from me? Or has each of us devised it himself?
As neuroscientist Fabrizio Benedetti, one of the pioneers of placebo research, puts it, there isn’t just one placebo effect but many. Placebo painkillers can trigger the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. Patients with Parkinson’s disease respond to placebos with a flood of dopamine.
None of these biological effects are caused by placebos themselves, which are by definition inert. They are triggered by our psychological response to those fake treatments. The active ingredients are complex and not fully understood but include our expectation that we will feel better (which in turn is affected by all sorts of factors such as our previous experience with treatment, how impressive or invasive a treatment is, and whether we’re an optimistic person) and feeling listened to and cared for.
It can affect whether you attain a goal or give up or whether a tragic event brings out the best in you or the worst.
There’s a great quote from the blessedly named Ram Dass, that’s as authentic and true as language can touch: [I]“A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there's work to be done.”[/I]. Don’t get attached to this quote.
The philosophy of the Stoics stressed fate or natural destiny; one should be of high virtue but strive for indifference to pain or pleasure.
Is tender compassion a sign of weakness? Many imperfect humans have held that view. For instance, the Roman philosopher Seneca, who was a contemporary of Jesus and a leading intellectual figure in Rome, taught that “pity is a weakness of the mind.” Seneca was an advocate of Stoicism, a philosophy stressing calmness that is devoid of feeling. A wise person may help those in distress, said Seneca, but he must not allow himself to feel pity, for such a feeling would deprive him of serenity. That self-centered view of life allowed no room for heartfelt compassion.
originally posted by: richapau
a reply to: schrodingers dog
Ignoring negativity and focusing only on positivity creates imbalance. It is imbalance that creates tensions and through tension, harmful choices.