Lets try something new. I’ll comment on Marika’s blog posts with another blog post. This will make it easier to respond, generate a larger audience and increase posts per day. Yes, I’m pigbacking on somebody else’s work. 🙂 So without further ado, I present a new sporadic feature: Echoes to Ramblings.
In response to Ramblings 14: Something.
Movement encourages thought in people. Certain children with disabilities need to move to be able to think. Most likely something to do with sensory-muscle feedback allowing for mental procedures to flow.
If by meditation, you mean clearing your head of thoughts and concentrating on your own body’s functional thoughts. Yes. I don’t subscribe to the Buddhist meditation of trying to join the void. I don’t believe in a void or a collective soul. Also unstructured meditation is actually dangerous. A Buddhist friend told me how a close friend of his mediated without the supervision of a priest, and was quite violently attacked by something. Most likely a malicious spirit (read as: demon) according to him. I prefer prayer with intentions for that reason. Prayer in solitude achieves a similar role to meditation, plus it gives a silent outlet for ideas, wishes and concerns. Whether there is a God and whether He listens on the other side, is a question I leave for philosophers and theologians to ponder. I believe He exists and He listens to the cries of His adopted children.
Stillness is indeed incredibly difficult. Stillness being the absence of the chaotic motions and thoughts, is difficult in a universe whose physical attributes can be described in terms of the motion of matter and the transfer of energy. Silence, lack of distractions is needed and concentrated effort to push away and ignore distractions. The best time is when there are fewer people. That is why I love mornings. Few distractions, stillness and silence are assured. I get to reflect in the mornings. Plus you get to see the spectacular sights of light interacting with shadow as the sun comes up.