It’s the gig. It’s all there is. Our body, this physical realm, the invisible electromagnetic fields in between, gravity, all forces known and unknown to man. It’s more than we can perceive, but what we can perceive is happening. It’s what is.
Our minds, our experiences, our thoughts, our stories – they are all wrapped up within our nervous system. They are only a fragment of reality – the whole of which is seemingly endless and interconnected.
It would seem we have to choices – two extremes:
- Live our lives with a focus on our mental stories and projections… the movie going on in our heads.
- Live our lives with an awareness that includes the external world… the reality that is actually happening, at this moment, both internal and external.
The choice seems to be one of focus – do we focus on our personal story, or on physical reality. The answer seems pretty easy:
Here’s the kicker… #1 consumes focus like we consume oil. Relentlessly. Sometimes to the point of ignoring #2. If someone’s internal reality is so strong, they can choose to ignore reality. This can be a benefit (think of pain endurance)… or a hindrance (think of someone in a fit of rage, convinced they are right and need to win an argument).
#2 supplies #1 with good material. There’s nothing wrong with a story – in fact, storytelling is arguably humanity’s greatest ability. But without observance and appreciation for the present moment, our stories can get out of line pretty quickly.
#2 first, #1 second…. the opposite order of bathroom business.