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Mindfulness and Meditation: Mental Freedom and Clarity

Updated on July 31, 2017
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I have spent a lot of time reading about Eastern philosophy since my youth and mostly have given particular attention to J Krishnamurti

Introduction

Humanity is in a state of confusion. To handle this confusion, we have generally thought out ways to think positive or to induce and force so-called positive thinking; however, the force of thought is the very source of the problem; through political, religious, social and psychological thought, we have created the conflict and confusion within us. Our existence has become disjointed with a division between heart, mind and body; thought has disrupted our wholeness, so that we live fragmentary, confused lives. Since ancient times, there have been such principles taught, such as those taught in yoga, of true, whole, direct action unfettered by measurement and thought. This article explores the value of negation of thought itself, in this regard.

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The Problem


When a person gives good attention, very clear and direct observation, to events in the world and in his or her personal life, he or she will see a pattern; there is perpetual struggle to succeed or survive. This struggle occurs inwardly and outwardly, a conflict which leads to the same conditions which spurred the conflict. In the world there are wars, strife, economic crisis; and each person struggles, is in conflict within and with others. It seems any solution occurring within this pattern, any solution that is a reaction to this pattern, yet still conforms to this pattern, ends with the same results: And so, continues the pattern. Struggle leads to more struggling, war leads to more war; success must lead to more struggle for success, and, so, more pressure and more strife. So, a person might wonder: What is the basis for this pattern, how does it arise?

The implication of anything which is perpetually caught up in the same pattern is that it is conditioned. So, it might be revealing to examine what it means to be conditioned.

The structure of psychological thought creates darkness and struggle.
The structure of psychological thought creates darkness and struggle. | Source
The Ending of Time (Dialogue)
The Ending of Time (Dialogue)

Incredible dialogue between J. Krishnamurti and Dr. David Bohm in which they explore how humanity took a wrong turn into the maze of psychological time which has led to overwhelming fear, disorder and violence. Also discussed is the possibility of an entirely different and new life for all of humanity.

 

What is Psychological Conditioning?

The word condition implies something rather basic: If I do this, I will get that; I had this, so I will get that; I know this, so I will have that; I do this, so I can avoid that. Clearly, these are mere projections of the mind, moving through a fictional idea of time. In these projections there is memory; there are ideas: Mere recordings and images.

It seems the mind has created these projections as a means to feel safe: If I know what will happen, I will be safe; dipping into the past, which the mind knows and in it can feel secure, the mind further projects it fictionally into the future; in a continued attempt to know and be secure and happy tomorrow.

The mind forms an identification with these projections, and stores ideology and experience to solidify this identification. It becomes a separation in so many various ways: A separation between now and tomorrow; a separation between oneself and what one observes inwardly; and it becomes a separation between a person and others; a separation between “me” and “you”. A person is pitted against others and must struggle to maintain the identification: The identification is held onto, there is fear it will be lost, there is fear it will end. The very thing proposed as a source of security becomes the source of fear and conflict. The position with its ideas and identifications, must be defended. In fear, a person seeks power, and the conflicts, inwardly and outwardly, begin.

In the world, we see this pattern, in war, in economic struggle, in exploitation and domination. And in our own lives we see it: The struggle to survive, the doldrum existence, the stress which deteriorates mind and body. And we believe there is no other way. We believe there is only the pattern; we believe we must conform to it; it is all we know.

And it is laid down by thought: By idea, memory, school, work, culture, family, outside influence; we believe we can only move within this sphere of influence. We either conform mechanically or rebel superficially; both reactions within the pattern, which continues the pattern.

Past conditioning, influence, and constant pressure deteriorate the mind and create confusion.
Past conditioning, influence, and constant pressure deteriorate the mind and create confusion. | Source
Awakening of Intelligence
Awakening of Intelligence

Incredible book filled with talks and dialogues with Krishnamurti in which he explores many issues, including how human beings might free themselves from mental bondage and have intelligence operating effectively and harmoniously in their lives.

 

Can It End?

Within this pattern of thought, thought leads to more thought, creating yet more problems; each thought becomes a problem to be solved, on a loop; and yet we continue to use the problem to solve the problem, falsely believing it will be a solution; in this way we are blind to the problem, instead distracted by thought as solution, which is a distortion of perception. Thought producing thought, creating more problems to be solved, also creates fear; the mind becomes overwhelmed and forced to project more and more into the field of illusory time, a concocted tomorrow and a dead past. All of this thought, these projections, are imaginary, illusory, purely concoctions of the mind. Something occurs in the very seeing of this falseness of thought; looking directly, without distortion, at these projections, identifications, ideologies, fabricated scenarios, false influences, and all of the various mental movies, as they are, without division, brings the disorder to an end: Direct perception without thought, without division, brings understanding, so ends the problem. It is absolute negation, the mind no longer adding to the multiplication of problems through thought.

Which means that the very clear observation of fact, not filtered through identification, labels, ideology, the false projections of the so-called positive, and not distorted by the illusion which pits a fictional “me” against a fictional “you”, ends the pattern of conflict, confusion, inward distortion, violence, war, all forms of division which lead to exploitation, the hunt for power, and illusory time-based thinking: Because our thought is the source of all these things. And it takes no time to see this clearly, and this direct perception is action. It is not tainted by division or the illusion of tomorrow. This is the action of awareness itself, not of any entity which sees. It means you will have to act now.

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      I'm glad that it was useful, and I'm glad you stopped by.

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      Lakshmi path 4 years ago

      Very useful article and is happening in my life. Thank you for posting

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      Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Thanks, johndnathan. I'm glad you stopped by and glad you liked the article.

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      John D Nathan 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas. USA

      Excellent article

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      Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Shawn!

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      Shawn May Scott 5 years ago

      It is amazing what the mind is capable of doing. If we contually think in a negative manner we will fall prey to those thought s and if we think in a positive manner we will change for the better. We see this in many forms including the music we listen to, especially the grunge era. Our youth was so downtrodden at that time. I have always believed in the power of the mind and positve thinking. Great Hub. Shared, pinned etc all that good stuff!!!

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      Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Thanks for stopping by, Bobbi! I appreciate your interest in my Hubs!

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      BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

      Great hub. I agree. We are given intelligence to think how we please, it's so sad too many choose the negative to dwell on. I enjoy your hubs.

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      Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Thank you very much for stopping by, commenting, voting, and sharing, Christy! I very much appreciate it!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      We really do have power in our thoughts. Let's get that positive thinking going! I vote up, interesting, and sharing as well.

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      Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Yes, exactly, diplorging. Trying to think a certain way just adds to the conflict and fear. The only thing is to see it clearly. Thanks for taking the time to read my hub and to comment on it!

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      diplorging 5 years ago from Serbia

      You are so right. When I first tried to think positive I realised that the main problem was to make myself believe that I can stay positive. I have inflammation in the loop of fear and insecurity.

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      Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Yes, exactly, dwachira. To examine and question everything that is taken for granted and accepted, and to think clearly is important for each person and all of humanity. Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I like your approach here, that critical thinking makes us understand ourselves better and relate well to life issues.

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      Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Thank you, dalton. I'm glad you stopped by to check it out!

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      Jeremy Wade 5 years ago from Tennessee

      interesting hub. Gives us all a lot to conceder.

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      Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Thank you very much, eric-carter! I'm glad you stopped by to read it and enjoyed it!

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      eric-carter 5 years ago from Fulham, UK

      Great hub!