Friday, 12 July 2019

The mindfulness conspiracy

quote [ Mindfulness practices do not permit critique or debate of what might be unjust, culturally toxic or environmentally destructive. Rather, the mindful imperative to “accept things as they are” while practising “nonjudgmental, present moment awareness” acts as a social anesthesia, preserving the status quo. ]

A long read for stating the obvious. See also The Faux Revolution of Mindfulness (thumb source) and Is mindfulness making us ill?
[SFW] [religion & spirituality] [+5 Underrated]
[by Paracetamol]
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steele said @ 6:57pm GMT on 14th July
I mean, I'd really say that the main article is right on the money. The entire time I was reading it I was thinking about the chapter in Listen, Liberal where Frank discusses the industry of virtue; How feminism and foreign aide were being commodified into a form of neo-colonialism that ignores the workers while shaping a narrative of societal advancement.

Neoliberalism at it's core, from the very beginning, is about maintaining and protecting the concept of property and the private infrastructures that hold it.... That ideology permeates and invades everything it comes in contact with. I mean, one of the issues I have even with SE currently is that because narratives are important, much of the news articles we share and politics we discuss rarely stray outside the realm of a very confined ideological area. That shapes and limits the ideas we're capable of expressing in a socially acceptable manner. If you look at the narratives surrounding much of the spiritual and mental techniques closer to their source, they're very much diametrically opposed to the idea of property and materialism. And for good reason! The very core of many of these practices stem from an ultimate goal of Ego Death. Congruently, their narratives are largely about self-sacrifice as expressions of compassion, to better oneself in service to those in need. The material world is a place of suffering. (The etymological roots of israel and jihad are literally in struggling.) The goal of a practitioner is typically meant to be one who role plays as a savior for others and in doing so finds salvation in existence.

We have not even to risk the adventure alone
for the heroes of all time have gone before us.
The labyrinth is thoroughly known ...
we have only to follow the thread of the hero path.
And where we had thought to find an abomination
we shall find a God.

And where we had thought to slay another
we shall slay ourselves.
Where we had thought to travel outwards
we shall come to the center of our own existence.
And where we had thought to be alone
we shall be with all the world.”

― Joseph Campbell


Our society crushes that ideal of self-sacrifice, it tells us that in order to make the world a better place we have to make our own life better first. It dangles a virtuous goal while selling a path of isolation that will never reach it... You can't buy your way to spiritual wholeness with the temporary psychological fulfillment of material goods consumption; It's only going to come from the behavioral changes earned via practice.

#ThankYouForComingToMyTEDTalk


steele said @ 8:10pm GMT on 14th July
I mean, I'd really say that the main article is right on the money. The entire time I was reading it I was thinking about the chapter in Listen, Liberal where Frank discusses the industry of virtue; How feminism and foreign aide were being commodified into a form of neo-colonialism that ignores the workers while shaping a narrative of societal advancement.

Neoliberalism at it's core, from the very beginning, is about maintaining and protecting the concept of property and the private infrastructures that hold it.... That ideology permeates and invades everything it comes in contact with. I mean, one of the issues I have even with SE currently is that because narratives are important, much of the news articles we share and politics we discuss rarely stray outside the realm of a very confined ideological area. That shapes and limits the ideas we're capable of expressing in a socially acceptable manner. If you look at the narratives surrounding much of the spiritual and mental techniques closer to their source, they're very much diametrically opposed to the idea of property and materialism. And for good reason! The very core of many of these practices stem from an ultimate goal of Ego Death. Congruently, their narratives are largely about self-sacrifice as expressions of compassion, to better oneself in service to those in need. The material world is a place of suffering. (The etymological roots of israel and jihad are literally in struggling.) The goal of a practitioner is typically meant to be one who role plays as a savior for others and in doing so finds salvation in acceptance of the struggle.

We have not even to risk the adventure alone
for the heroes of all time have gone before us.
The labyrinth is thoroughly known ...
we have only to follow the thread of the hero path.
And where we had thought to find an abomination
we shall find a God.

And where we had thought to slay another
we shall slay ourselves.
Where we had thought to travel outwards
we shall come to the center of our own existence.
And where we had thought to be alone
we shall be with all the world.”

― Joseph Campbell


Our society crushes that ideal of self-sacrifice, it tells us that in order to make the world a better place we have to make our own life better first. It dangles a virtuous goal while selling a path of isolation that will never reach it... You can't buy your way to spiritual wholeness with the temporary psychological fulfillment of material goods consumption; It's only going to come from the behavioral changes earned via practice.

#ThankYouForComingToMyTEDTalk



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steele said @ 6:57pm GMT on 14th July [Score:1 Interesting]
I mean, I'd really say that the main article is right on the money. The entire time I was reading it I was thinking about the chapter in Listen, Liberal where Frank discusses the industry of virtue; How feminism and foreign aide were being commodified into a form of neo-colonialism that ignores the workers while shaping a narrative of societal advancement.

Neoliberalism at it's core, from the very beginning, is about maintaining and protecting the concept of property and the private infrastructures that hold it.... That ideology permeates and invades everything it comes in contact with. I mean, one of the issues I have even with SE currently is that because narratives are important, much of the news articles we share and politics we discuss rarely stray outside the realm of a very confined ideological area. That shapes and limits the ideas we're capable of expressing in a socially acceptable manner. If you look at the narratives surrounding much of the spiritual and mental techniques closer to their source, they're very much diametrically opposed to the idea of property and materialism. And for good reason! The very core of many of these practices stem from an ultimate goal of Ego Death. Congruently, their narratives are largely about self-sacrifice as expressions of compassion, to better oneself in service to those in need. The material world is a place of suffering. (The etymological roots of israel and jihad are literally in struggling.) The goal of a practitioner is typically meant to be one who role plays as a savior for others and in doing so finds salvation in acceptance of the struggle.

We have not even to risk the adventure alone
for the heroes of all time have gone before us.
The labyrinth is thoroughly known ...
we have only to follow the thread of the hero path.
And where we had thought to find an abomination
we shall find a God.

And where we had thought to slay another
we shall slay ourselves.
Where we had thought to travel outwards
we shall come to the center of our own existence.
And where we had thought to be alone
we shall be with all the world.”

― Joseph Campbell


Our society crushes that ideal of self-sacrifice, it tells us that in order to make the world a better place we have to make our own life better first. It dangles a virtuous goal while selling a path of isolation that will never reach it... You can't buy your way to spiritual wholeness with the temporary psychological fulfillment of material goods consumption; It's only going to come from the behavioral changes earned via practice.

#ThankYouForComingToMyTEDTalk




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