Monday, May 18, 2015

learning to live alone

Lohbado bardo
A long weekend alone offers plenty of time to reflect. It's healthy to take a break from activity and to look at one's mind, to look in the mirror and try to see what's going on. To be alone involves giving up habits and opinions; just being alone with whatever is happening. Lohbado noticed a lot of confusion, how his mind invented hopes and fears. When alone, one imagines threats all over the place, even when there are no threats. One invents enemies and harmful forces when nothing of that sort is happening. It's amazing how much intensity the mind can create to torment itself.

Maybe Sartre should modify his statement about hell being other people. Hell is oneself tormenting oneself. Hell is mental projection, the stuff one invents without questioning, for example, one's opinions, expectations, resentments, frustration...

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