Sunday, October 12, 2014

From Egocentricity towards a Wise Heart

       Do we really want instructions on how to fear our hearts?
     "Over the last twenty years, the political systems of the western world have become increasingly divided—not between right and left, but between crazy and non-crazy. What’s more, the crazies seem to be gaining the upper hand. Rational thought cannot prevail in the current social and media environment, where elections are won by appealing to voters’ hearts rather than their minds. ..." from the product description of the book with the (misleading) title: "Enlightenment 2.0" by Joseph Heath.

     "But interest can easily be corrupted by the mind into intellectual curiosity. Intellectual curiosity is the mind's attempt to understand through language and reasoning what life is about - as opposed to the primary curiosity that is attempting to silently merge life into itself. The mind's (intellectual) curiosity builds a body of knowledge that can become a source of self-esteem and personal power that is strongly tied to the image of us, the knower. Meanwhile, the primary curiosity of discernment moves toward absolute contentment and stillness."

       Rodney Smith. Awakening. A Paradigm Shift of the Heart. Shambhala, Boston, 2014.

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