Tell the Truth

The quickest way to unhappiness is to tell a lie.

Awareness 4

Are there better kinds of awareness? Is there a better subject for awareness that whatever happens to catch at our attention? If by chance we happen to learn or are taught to anchor our attention on our breath, we gain a valuable advantage – to see one thing clearly rather than magpie-like, alight our attention only on scattered things. We can be assured that:
1. breathing is always present;
2. once learnt the trigger will regularly bring our attention back to the breath; and
3. unless in a highly charged state one will always have enough concentration to spare to watch our breathing. Indeed the very watching of our breath can act as a control over our more unconscious and irrational states of mind.

Awareness 3

How does one know when one is not aware? It is impossible! For that we would need a thought to arise that states that we have been distracted. But by its very existence it proves that we are aware. The thought might claim there was a point in the past when we were not aware, but that is just a thought occurring now, within our awareness. We only have thought’s word for it that there was ever a past moment, when we were not aware.

Awareness 2

Also, do we really have a choice about when we are aware and what we are aware of? One becomes aware of something only when the following are satisfied:
1. that thing is in the vicinity;
2. we are prompted by an unconscious trigger to notice it; and
3. there is sufficient mental energy or concentration to spare, I.e. we are not distracted by something else.

Awareness 1

Awareness is all very well, but awareness of what? There is no awareness without something to be aware of. One cannot simply be aware of awareness, there is nothing there!

No way beyond thought with thought

And yet thought cannot go beyond thought. We cannot put ‘I’ away, for that would be nothing more than one thought saying ‘shoo’ to another. This just creates more division in the mind, where we think ‘I must do this’, ‘I must not do that’. This has led to the world we live in today, with country against country, and ethnic, religious and political groups all opposed to one another on the basis of nothing more than an idea made with thought.

Next: A question that cannot be answered.

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