Consciousness and the Lack Thereof


Above: The Tibetan Buddhist Kalachakra Mandala 

From Wikipedia – 

The Kālachakra tradition revolves around the concept of time (kāla) and cycles (chakra): from the cycles of the planets,[5] to the cycles of human breathing, it teaches the practice of working with the most subtle energies within one’s body on the path to enlightenment.

I meditate much like my mentor and fantasy Father figure, Joseph Campbell. He once shared an insightful glimpse of how he meditated – “I remember Alan Watts asked me one day, ‘Joe, what kind of meditation do you do?’ I said, “I underline sentences.”

I have been meditating lately on the positive changes within my own body, mind and emotions caused by my recent decisions to eschew  the news and social media feeds.

It occurred to me that, among other positive things, I have become more conscious. More conscious of my feelings, my mind, my empathy, my soul, my heart, and my physical states. More conscious of the subtle shifts into the present moment while being in it and by doing so – thinking less. Thoughts, especially negative thoughts,  are like little viruses in the mind – they reproduce rapidly, crowding out all else until there is nothing left but negativity – add to that the act of feeding these viruses with the negative energy they crave by shoveling the daily news feed onto them like fertilizer. This is what was happening to me and this is what I stopped doing.

This single act of consciousness, I firmly believe, saved my life.

Until next time …