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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Clean Body, Clean Mind (Equilibrium 4)

I have concluded onto a midway to a spiritual existence, and called it 'Equilibrium'. It means knowing and living as the spiritual self without rejecting the physical self. Equilibrium is a balancing act which means not denying emotions but only distancing oneself from it (as a witness).

To elucidate I take an example from the earlier blog- love of someone leads to sorrow when the loved one departs. These (love or attachment and sorrow) are two sides of the same coin. To deny or disown sorrow is to hide it inside the body, which then shows up as emotional or physical diseases. To 'distance' from sorrow is to grieve without loosing awareness that the world is illusory and everything is just a play and we are acting a part. Reflect that actors have to feel the pain of the charecter to play the role well but they are always aware that they are not the charecter. On the other hand if they do not identify with the charecter they will spoil their role.

So also we have to be aware without spoiling the role we are playing. Also, without twists and turns a story is boring...so also life is boring without people to interact with, consequently differences, problems and solutions. Moreover it is the process of problem solving that leads to personal growth which is the noble purpose of life.

Equilibrium is therefore living a normal life, accepting the presence of emotions, be it negative like hate and jealousy, thinking through or discussing with someone close and thus respectively breaking down the negative emotions (detoxifying) or/and removing it(venting) whichever suits or is more helpful to the person. To maintain equilibrium this is a very crucial process of 'cleaning the body' of toxins or biproducts(bad emotions) and retaining the good produce(healthy and helpful conclusions) of every thinking process that each life event leads to.

Equilibrium may involve cycles or lets say "fluctuations from the mean" followed in response to the awareness that fluctuations are to accepted to eventually reach stability. Fluctuation could mean knowing when to act and when to let go. On another level it could mean cycles that is a period of attachment followed by detachment; a worldly phase intermittent to the spiritual phase etc in response to the awareness of one's self. Therefore equilibrium can be called a state of fluctuating mean. Though equilibrium is a rational and realistic approach and so a seemingly easy approach, it has its share of things to practice

1 Associate with events but find pockets of time to dissociate from them
2 Remember to smile and celebrate the differences and incompatibility with other people (even through the frowning), realizing that these are the catalysts to personal growth and are secrets to an interesting life; and being aware that an isolated life or life with clones of self would be so... boring......, to say the least
3 To express ones own mind and differences but then remember not to brood or bother about it. At some point say 'CUT' and 'can'(dissociate from) the shot.


Monu Awalla said...

I loved the way u defined the different shades of emotions n situations as an "interesting life"
pretty optimistic!
well u can share ur feelings wid me about ur life to keep ur so called "equilibrium(balancing life)" jst kiddin! ha ha..

By the way do check the spelling of "CHARACTER" in this posting!

Monu Awalla said...

n yea on ur advice I changed d last word of my poem fm destined to divined!

Jerly said...

wow thanks...Yeah u r right about the spelling. And am glad u liked the word suggested!

thriveen said...

It seems your viewpoint resonates with the 'Middle Path' suggested by Buddha and elaborated by the great philosopher Nagarjuna. On a materialistic plane, it is close to the 'Doctrine of Mean' concept of Confucius and 'Golden Mean' of Aristotle which basically states that means are better than the extremes of excess or starvation. Here is a link to these ideas:


Keep up the good work.

Jerly said...

I have a general understanding of the Buddha's middle path. Yeah it does resonate with it although I am not sure Buddha has spoken of "fluctuations to the mean" in terms of accepting our cyclic nature

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