David Steindl-rast -- connection between gratefulness and
Duane Elgin -- the awake universe
Heng Sure -- reflection before you have a meal, on how that
meal has come about. the seed of rice -- where did it come
thankfulness and selflessness are just as connected
objects are useful, but we shouldn't become attached to
them; if we lose it, then we shouldn't feel sorrow ...
have to be balanced between self-identification and
human beings don't notice the finest resolution -- we pick
the resolution that is appropriate.
if we are really going to be in touch with objects, we have
to have no agenda.
can you plan while being in the moment?
when i do parallel thing, usually my attention is not fully
on any of them.
three pillars of zen:
true worth of things: what you think, or what others think?
dolphins using seaweed as "mufflers" to prevent being stung
is evolution the increasing usage of objects?
amma: starve the ego to know yourself. attachment to
objects is about satisfying your ego.
important to tatain balance between using things and not
letting it define you
was trying to find moments where i deeplly appreciated
something, and was therefore able to let it go.
if i really like something, i can leave it where it is ...
the more attachment that you have to certain objects, the
more pain it causes
objects can organize people
what is a moment? modern physicists say time is an
we think that we have the ability to think freely, but from
the time you're born, our conditioning constrains the
choices we make.
the self and the universe are the same thing: microcosm and
calvin hobbes: what is the difference between children and
adults? adults are just more attached to their toys
dalai lama: whenever we look at something, we think how
nice would it be if it were in my back yard. the real
detachment can be when you can appreciate it and don't need it in
objects are often symbols of nostalgia
i found myself getting attached to non-possession.
attachment is to the relationships with the object.
some things are so beautiful, and so you want them near
you. but it gets to the point where they become clutter and
congestion ... i want to be able to appreciate beautiful
things in museums :-)
appreciate and pay it forward
sometimes it's hard to see your own clutter ... objects bog
you down without you realizing it.
the alchemist: if you're in the moment, and reminding
yourself to come back to the moment, suddenly you see things you
didn't see before.
what exactly is materialism? having objects isn't really it
... you can own objects, but don't let the objects own you!
what are objects, and what are valuations? diamonds are of
the same chemical stuff as stones, pretty much; so it's
about how you value it.
possession has a euphoria attached
satish kumar: we are like human havings instead of human
when we multi-task, we have to be more mindful than usual
... we have to switch contexts etc ... and we can only do
that wehen we can put a task on auto-pilot ... so you have to
be more mindful to multitask, if you are conscious.
if we are able to perceive that everything is
interconnected, then it's easier to let go of one thing.