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    Re: The Curse of the Self

    I first learned of the self and mindfulness well over 20 years ago reading "wherever you go there you are" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He also liked to use quotes from Emerson.
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    Re: The Curse of the Self

    Quote Originally Posted by desiderata View Post
    He also liked to use quotes from Emerson.
    You have to feel sorry for Lake and Palmer. They almost never get quoted.

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    Re: The Curse of the Self

    Good one.
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    Re: The Curse of the Self

    "When you get out of the driver's seat, you find that life can drive itself, that actually life has always been driving itself. When you get out of the driver's seat, it can drive itself so much easier-it can flow in ways you never imagined. Life becomes almost magical. The illusion of the "me" is no longer in the way. Life begins to flow, and you never know where it will take you."

    ― Adyashanti, The End of Your World

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    Re: The Curse of the Self

    The Acceptance Paradox | Feeling Good
    by David Burns

    Let's say you struggle with anxiety and shyness. You may have the fear that others will judge you because you are inferior, or not "good enough", and this thought can cause tremendous suffering. But this thought is based on the notion that you have a "self" that can be evaluated or judged. When you see through this notion, you can experience liberation from your fears.

    The Buddhists called this "The Great Death". Of course, we all fear death, and struggle to keep our egos alive. But once you've "died", so to speak, you can join the Grateful Dead, and then life suddenly opens up in unexpected ways. And for those who may misread me, or interpret my words literally, I am not referring to physical death, but death of the "self".

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    "You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level."

    — Eckhart Tolle


    “We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”

    — Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

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    Re: The Curse of the Self

    You're a Completely Different Person at 14 and 77, the Longest-Running Personality Study Ever Has Found

    If your patterns of thought, emotions, and behavior so drastically alter over the decades, can you truly be considered the same person in old age as you were as a teenager? This question ties in with broader theories about the nature of the self. For example, there is growing neuroscience research that supports the ancient Buddhist belief that our notion of a stable "self" is nothing more than an illusion.

    Perhaps this won't surprise you if you've had the experience of running into a very old friend from school, and found a completely different person from the child you remembered. This research suggests that, as the decades go by, your own younger self could be similarly unrecognizable.

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    'Humans were not centre stage': how ancient cave art puts us in our place | Art and design | The Guardian

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    The Cave of Altamira in Spain


    In the Paleolithic age, humans were probably less concerned about the opinions of other humans than with the actions and intentions of the far more numerous megafauna around them. Would the herd of bison stop at a certain watering hole? Would lions show up to attack them? Would it be safe for humans to grab at whatever scraps of bison were left over from the lions' meal? The vein of silliness that seems to run through Paleolithic art may grow out of an accurate perception of humans' place in the world. Our ancestors occupied a lowly spot in the food chain, at least compared to the megafauna, but at the same time they were capable of understanding and depicting how lowly it was. They knew they were meat, and they also seemed to know that they knew they were meat –- meat that could think. And that, if you think about it long enough, is almost funny.

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