He who rules men lives in confusion:
He who is ruled by men lives in sorrow.
Yao therefore desired
Neither to influence others
Not be influenced by them.
The way to get clear of confusion
And free of sorrow
Is to live with Tao
In the land of the great Void.
If a man is crossing a river
And an empty boat collides with his own skiff,
Even though he be a bad-tempered man
He will not become very angry.
But if he sees a man in the boat,
He will shout at him to steer clear.
If the shout is not heard, he will shout again,
And yet again, and begin cursing.
And all because there is somebody in the boat.
Yet if the boat were empty,
He would not be shouting, and not angry.
If you can empty your own boat
Crossing the river of the world,
No one will oppose you,
No one will seek to harm you.
The straight tree is the first to be cut down,
The spring of ckear water is the first to be drained dry.
If you wish to improve your wisdom
And shame the ignorant,
To cultivate your character
And outshine others;
A light will shine around you
As if you had swallowed the sun and the moon:
You will not avoid calamity.
A wise man has said:
"He who is content with himself
Has done a worthless work.
Achievement is the beginning of failure,
Fame is the beginning of disgrace.”
Who can free himself from achievement
And from fame, descend and be lost
Amid the masses of men?
He will flow like Tao, unseen,
He will go about like life itself
With no name and no home.
Simple is he, without distinction.
To all appearances he is a fool.
His steps leave no trace. He has no power.
He achieves nothing, he has no reputation.
Since he judges no one,
No one judges him.
Such is the perfect man:
His boat is empty.
- Chuang Tzu
Nothing is more dreadful in life than the profound thought that death may only greet you with eternal nothingness. - Kim Elizabeth
It isn’t only in Western society that religion or somebody’s sense of purpose breaks down. But it is increasingly more common in the globalist and technological world of today. Now I know that the greed, violence and hate of today has caused a lot of unsettlement. But I think one of the main causes of disconnectedness comes from a change in our sleeping pattern. The removal of the cool down. 2 hours in darkness doing nothing? Forget about it! I want to just watch the television, my laptop, and my mobile phone simultaneously and then lay crash into the pillow and pass out! Besides the SUBTRACTION of cool down time, there is the ADDITION of
Maybe this is just my explanation of why meditation is so effective at culling those feelings of distance worthlessness.
It has appeared that there is a very simple way to prevent these feelings of dread and confusion. It seems more and more, that at any point in my life, through any existential crisis I may have had, it is meditation and deep thought that has always proven to be the resolution - allowing me to effortlessly untwist riddles of life and living.
Man men swear by it, yet they are ignored. If you were to listen to one man in your life, let that man be Osho.
“You have to learn meditation to enjoy your emptiness. And that is one of the greatest days in life — when a person starts enjoying emptiness, aloneness, nothingness.” - Osho
Similar to the way reduced time asleep brings reduced levels of concentration and cognition, reduced meditation may bring feelings of confusion and disconnectedness and complete reduction of meditation may be the main cause of the immortal worries of man.
To illustrate that the act of meditation was once a natural and daily part of living:
I try and live by the motto “natural is best” in any situation, as would most of us to some extent. Diet, exercise, biological, psychological, or environmental dimensions. The more natural method is always the best method. Naturally, humans shouldn’t have electricity. Or at least, humankind has evolved to be in darkness for hours before we sleep over hundreds of thousands of years in accordance with the day and night cycles of our planet, yet we haven’t evolved to cope with the rewards and demands of electricity that has only been common for the past 90 years.. This essential behaviour of thought and reflection in large periods before sleep has been ripped from a large portion of the majority of humans, and we question why we are insecure, mentally unstable and feel lost in life and beyond it….
Meditation, whether to achieve enlightenment or simply reflect, is an essential behaviour of human existence, which when removed or too strongly interfered with suddenly, has a negative impact on an individuals sense of self and existence.
Meditation isn’t spiritual ‘extra work’, it’s an essential act of living that many of us have forgotten.
Somethin’ for you to think about, from my head to yours.