“In Touch”: dialogue, the weather or people?

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Many of our thoughts are arguments with reality—judgments that something should or should not be happening.
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Have you noticed that reality never conforms to an ideal? Often these arguments are with other people.
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We usually don’t argue with the weather; we see how it is and adjust to it. If it is raining, we take an umbrella. If it is cold, we put on a coat.
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On the other hand, we tend to inwardly argue with people at great length, particularly if we feel hurt or misunderstood.
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It is fascinating to see all of the judgments of others that arise during these inner arguments.
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As we saw earlier in this chapter, it is freeing to withdraw these projections and see how they may apply to ourselves.
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Thinking is associative; one thought will lead to another in a train of thought.
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It is useful to observe this associative process and see how easily attention unknowingly boards this train.
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As soon as we see it, our attention is off the train—it spontaneously disembarks.
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Daydreaming is a form of inner train-hopping. Most of our thinking is repetitive. It is as if attention follows a familiar groove, like a needle on a vinyl record.
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There are almost certainly neurological correlates—networks of synapses that correspond to these habitual thought patterns.
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Occasionally our thinking is new and creative.
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We make new connections, learn new things, and are sometimes inspired by what feels like a higher source.
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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Laurie Schuler on May 24, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    This post has hit a bit of a nerve. With my daughter I need to adjust, just like I adjust to the weather. This post couldn’t have come at a better time.

  2. We usually don’t argue with the weather; we see how it is and adjust to it. If it is raining, we take an umbrella. If it is cold, we put on a coat.

    Very insighful

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