Monday, June 11, 2012

The Imaginary Line Between Us And Nature

Eckart Tolle's advaitic statement, 'You are one with all there is' comes to mind:
As people complain more and more these days, attention spans are growing shorter, and we’ve begun living in attention blinks. More social than ever before, we’re spending less time alone with our thoughts, and even less relating to other animals and nature. Too often we’re missing in action, brain busy, working or playing indoors, while completely unaware of the world around us.

One solution is to spend a few minutes every day just paying close attention to some facet of nature. A bonus is that the process will be refreshing. When a sense of presence steals up the bones, one enters a mental state where needling worries soften, careers slow their cantering, and the imaginary line between us and the rest of nature dissolves.
 NYT: Are We Living in Sensory Overload or Sensory Poverty?

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