March 05, 2010
Guilt as a stress factor
Guilt is an innate stress that makes us lose focus and mess up.
There was a school boy who suffered with left Vishuddhi quite a bit. Overwhelmed by guilt. One day, teacher comes in and asks "Who can tell me about the fall of the Berlin wall?" Our friends runs off yelling "I didn't do it, I didn't do it".
The solution to guilt is not hard. When we start assuming that we are a part and parcel of the universal being, the whole universe, we cannot feel guilty anymore. Meditation is a slightly better method than intellectual acrobatics to permanently rid ourselves of this prevalent emotion which is a significant source of stress, IMO.
March 04, 2010
The living earth
It is ancient wisdom that the earth is a living sentient land, unlike plain matter. It has been adored, deified and meditated upon by mystics since ancient times. But what is really a living entity? In my opinion, anything that sensitivity, growth, morphosis and interaction with other living forms is a living being.
The first part of this TED talk gives proof of one subtle component of the living earth: a living network of nourishment and communication that forms the basis of all life. The old perspective was quite chemical in nature - nutrients and ecosystem, but this new insight gives a new dimension to the personality of the living earth.