Leaf of the Tree

Finding the Divine in the Details


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Optical delusions on perception’s changing path

 

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GLEANINGS FOUND HERE AND THERE:

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. 

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Photo: Saffron Moser

~ Albert Einstein 

What mindfulness slowly brings to our understanding is how much our experience is shaped by our minds.

To have that insight as a personal experience rather than something one reads in the growing body of scientific literature on the subject is transformational.

It loosens that reactivity which can trap us in a limiting loop, and allows for very different responses which can manifest in all kinds of ways – greater creativity, more empathy, more patience, less judgment.

~ Madeleine Bunting

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Photo: Nelson Ashberger

 

If the doors of perception were cleansed,

everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.

 ~ William Blake