Mind your Mind

Wednesday, 1. July 2009

Originally posted on Ecademy in 2005; all my post there were intended as gentle irony.

The biggest illusion in our lives is mind-body duality. It happens because the mind dominates our attention. Shifting attention to the body is the most healing thing we can ever do. It opens up a whole new take on the narrative of destiny. You aren’t your mind or your spirit; you are your everything.

The good news is that you therefore do not have any “psychological” problems or “spiritual” path to follow. You don’t need to “improve” yourself or learn more, quite the opposite in fact.

Learn less; think less; spend less time on evolving and becoming. You already are.

You just need to recover that basic sense of you that is located primarily in your pelvic floor region. People who can utterly focus their attention on the body and resonate with its energies and stored shock can even re-experience their own conception, the moment when they first came in to existence. And before.

If you can do this you can more or less stop worrying about being noticed on Google and impressing people. Because you will be experienced by yourself and others as profoundly real.

Dogs can do this.

6 Responses to “Mind your Mind”



  1. Abdo Says:

    Hi Steve,

    Religion says the same thing about maintaining and returning back to purity. Assuming that everyone is born perfect and all human beings are alike the moment they’re born. The programming they receive after that from the outside world is what determine the path they’ll follow in their lives, either good or evil.

    That’s why – as Muslims – we’re required to pray 5 times a day and have a month for fasting and night prayers. Which is simply daily and annual practices to get back to purity and fix and deviation happened to the perfect being, which is god’s creation.

    “By the Fig and the Olive,
    And the Mount of Sinai,
    And this City of security,-
    We have indeed created man in the best of moulds,
    Then do We abase him (to be) the lowest of the low,-
    Except such as believe and do righteous deeds: For they shall have a reward unfailing.
    Then what can, after this, contradict thee, as to the judgment (to come)?
    Is not Allah the wisest of judges?”
    (Qur’an Translation | 95:1~8)

    - Abdo



  2. AnnG Says:

    I’m just back from my T’ai Chi class, and in the past three years it’s made a huge difference to me. I used to be very much the kind of person who lives in her head…but I have discovered that if I spend some time listening to my body, I become much more relaxed and comfortable with myself.

    I’ve also discovered a strange thing that I call body sense. Where my mind used to go round and round trying to understand things rationally – perhaps when I couldn’t understand someone else’s behaviour – now I check and see how my body feels about someone.

    I suppose it’s about trusting my instincts more. Often our thinking, our rational selves, seem to have been trained to overcome that instinctive thing, and treat it as something to be mastered or controlled. Now I see it much more as my ally, and if it’s uncomfortable about something I trust that, more than any post hoc rationalisation

    Ann



  3. Cora Says:

    Steve says:
    “You just need to recover that basic sense of you that is located primarily in your pelvic floor region.”

    So, how do you do this…
    any suggestions are most welcome



  4. Steven Holmes Says:

    Sex is probably the best way.



  5. Cora Says:

    hmm, naughty…



  6. jeremy_dent Says:

    Meditation.

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