John Saward – December 14, 2017 at 10:13AM

“And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on earth.”

— Raymond Carver

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John Saward – December 14, 2017 at 10:10AM

Truly it is Time for the absolutation of the ‘Happiness is a Choice” platitudes to be questioned.

“People often tell me that happiness is found in the most unlikely set of circumstances, and if I am not content, it is because of a deficit in my psyche, and has nothing at all to do with the world around me. Happiness is a choice, I am told, a decision, an orientation that one embraces regardless of any horrors taking place around them, and regardless of circumstances beyond one’s control. In a thousand different ways, this culture tells us that nothing we feel is the result of any forces beyond the personal, because the personal is all that exists and all that matters.

Yes, I am a malcontent, and I am in no way convinced that you can be both sane and happy in a culture that is noxious at its root. I will never be truly content in a world where my non-human kin is systematically exterminated, and where I am forcibly uprooted from a natural ecosystem to live the most unnatural existence conceivable.

I may have never lived a single day as nature intended me to live, but I know insanity when I see it, and it speaks in waves of neo-liberal psycho-babble..”

— Alexia Olson

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John Saward – December 14, 2017 at 09:32AM

When we first start letting go of stress we may encounter feelings in ourselves that in fact the stress was designed to hide from our own awareness.

We may be inclined to re-introduce the stress because the feelings of boredom or meaninglessness or anxiety are too painful to fully experience.

The way forward is clear. The thing to catch is the success of allowing the stress to dissipate. Affirm that success. Affirm the noticing of the layer that had been hidden by stress – the boredom, the sense of meaninglessness.

Encourage the experiencer to remain as much as possible with that boredom, that meaninglessness.

Encourage the realisation that just as the layer of stress dissolved away revealing the dis-ease underneath, the layer of boredom and meaninglessness can also dissolve away.

Encourage the realisation that we are free to cover up the meaninglessness again with stress and solution finding. Or we can go even deeper. Into the ease-of-being that is actually here.

It is that encouragement of positive progress down through the layers of being that entices the continuation of the journey into ease.

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John Saward – December 14, 2017 at 09:20AM

Sometimes life is like when your computer has a green message on a black screen:

“X0999 error. Follow the indicated procedures”.

That’s all. No procedures are indicated.

No matter what you do including restarting it, kicking it, and praying to the gods of digital harmony, nothing changes that message on your computer.

And you finally ring the support number.

No answer.

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