⚡️ Enlightening Bolts
Can't miss gems of the weird and wonderful
🤯 Awe Walk: Find wonder and inspiration through a simple stroll. Read more here.
🧘🏻 Rare Footage of Alan Watts: What Awakening Means. Watch it here.
💻 10 Years Ago: See what the internet looked like 10 years ago on this day. Check it out here.
😏 Overcoming Internet Disillusionment: On the principles of meme design. Read more here.
🔉 Opus Sound Bed: A portable sound healing pad for feeling better. Learn more here.
🎇 Image of The Week
A mind-blowing photo taken by Jame Crombie shows a swarm of starlings joining together to take the shape of a giant bird. This extraordinary image was captured after more than 50 visits to Lough Ennell in Ireland.
🧠 Changing Your Mind
It's okay to change your mind.
You don't need to share the same perspective with the version of you from 1 year ago, 1 month ago, or even 1 minute ago.
You have space to explore new perspectives and alter your position.
What you've said once does not imprison you into believing that thing forever.
And perhaps, a part of you believes one side and another part of you believes the other.
As Walt Whitman said "Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)"
And as Ralph Waldo Emerson said "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood."
You're not trapped in any one viewpoint. You don't have to think what everyone expects you to think.
Explore the territory. Discover new gems. Grow. Learn.
⏸ Pressing Pause
Tara Brach shares a part of reaching radical acceptance:
“Learning to pause is the first step in the practice of Radical Acceptance. A pause is a suspension of activity, a time of temporary disengagement when we are no longer moving toward any goal… The pause can occur in the midst of almost any activity and can last for an instant, for hours or for seasons of our life. . . . We may pause in the midst of meditation to let go of thoughts and reawaken our attention to the breath. We may pause by stepping out of daily life to go on a retreat or to spend time in nature or to take a sabbatical. . . . You might try it now: Stop reading and sit there, doing “no thing,” and simply notice what you are experiencing.”
🤓 Learn This Word
- Of or relating to a numen; supernatural.
- Filled with or characterized by a sense of a supernatural presence: a numinous place.
- Spiritually elevated; sublime.
⏳ From The Archives
A hand-picked classic HighExistence article
Why does the sun shine? A random result of coalescing gases igniting nuclear fusion? Or is it in order to give its light and warmth to Life?
Why does the rain fall? Is it the senseless product of blind chemical processes of evaporation and condensation? Or is it to water life?
Why do you seek to pour forth your song? Is it to show off your genetic fitness to attract a mate, or is it to contribute to a more beautiful world?
We may fear those first answers but it is the second that carries the ring of truth.
Every culture, as far as I know, has something that I call a Story of the World. That story is a weave of myths, meanings, narratives, words, symbols, rituals, and agreements that together define the world. That story tells us who we are, how to be a man or a woman, what is important and valuable, what is real, what is sacred, what humanity’s role and purpose is on earth.
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