Disorganised Minds

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Lessons from a Vietnamese monk

by zyvy

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“In modern society most of us don’t want to be in touch with ourselves; we want to be in touch with other things like religion, sports, politics, a book – we want to forget ourselves. Anytime we have leisure, we want to invite something else to enter us, opening ourselves to the television and telling the television to come and colonize us.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace

On the mat, I make a conscious choice to bring awareness into my self. A choice to put ‘knowledge’ away and to practice being. Conflicts will not be resolved through my studying academic texts on the subject, ‘development’ will not increase when our conception of it is defined by things outside of the self. Conflict resolution is practiced first within, the development of society is catalysed by the development of our own consciousness. Development is conscientização (to use one of Freire’s terms: conscientisation). We cannot force peace on the world, we must be peace, and the rest will follow.

by Christine

What a pain

traffic, being misunderstood, being late, not being introduced, cockroaches, jeepneys, asthma, excessive namedropping, buses, soggy fries, the complete lack of trash bins anywhere, burnt toast, the aroma of a dehydrated man’s piss on the streets, hair knots, parroting, flat soda, walking on the street because the sidewalk is impossibly narrow, the MRT, watery beer, waiters that avoid eye contact, flies, awkward compliments, birthdays, mold, local tv, linoleum, being ripped off, dogs in cages, crushed chips, making phone calls, lint …

Oppression

by zyvy

Is it freedom or enlightenment we need? What liberates us, struggle or introspection? Both? And how do we go about doing this?

I don’t have any answers yet.

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Maybe it isn’t about struggle, maybe that’s the wrong approach entirely. What if we all, as single individuals, focused on enlightening ourselves? What if we stopped trying to change the world with grand schemes? It seems that people aren’t inspired anyway unless they want to be. So why not just focus on our own personal growth and watch others be inspired when the time is right, rather than coercing them into it?

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Or maybe that kind of mentality is what leads us into lethargy. Perhaps doing something worthwhile is too daunting of a challenge and I’d rather retreat in my bubble of personal wellness. I really don’t know what’s best! I wonder if anyone else is this conflicted.

Serenity

by zyvy

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Angkor Wat at six in the morning. You can sit in front of a sleeping pond in complete darkness, and if you manage to isolate yourself from the chatter of tourists gathered nearby, you can enter a whole new level of reality. As the sun rises behind the temple you do feel the energy that has gathered in this place for centuries. The pond remains so perfectly still while the water lilies and dragonflies slowly open up to daylight. If you have enough soul and imagination, it really is a wonderful experience.

Neverland

by zyvy

 

 
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Insight

by zyvy

“There is a moment, immediately before life becomes no longer worth living, when the world appears to slow down and all its myriad details suddenly become brightly, achingly apparent.” – Aaron Swartz

A worthwile goal – seeking a way to achieve this effect without the despair that supposedly follows. Surely details can become brightly apparent without having to ache – I suspect meditation might be the way forward.

Quote taken from the FastCompany.

Existence

by zyvy

Sat on the cold grass she cried, her tears glistening in the moonlight as they slowly streamed down her cheeks.
“Why are you so upset?” he asked as he carefully walked up behind her.
Without shifting her gaze from that evening’s pale crescent, she replied “because I’m choosing not to be free”.