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Realizing my biggest addiction - Thinking

PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:27 am
by vinay
Greetings of the new year!

Sharing a blog I wrote recently. Perhaps it is elementary for this forum. But since the trigger is ET, thought of sharing. Happy to hear your views.

Realizing my biggest addiction - Thinking
http://www.catalign.in/2015/01/realizin ... nking.html

Vinay

Re: Realizing my biggest addiction - Thinking

PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:24 am
by KathleenBrugger
Hi Vinay, nice blog post. It's really clear and would, I think, be quite meaningful to people who haven't done any self-reflection, aren't familiar with ET's writings, etc. I think probably everyone can relate to having those kinds of thoughts that just keep spinning round and round your head. Sam Harris said something funny about this in an interview: "It's like I have the most boring person in the world in my head; I have the same conversation with myself over and over. If we did this with others--had the same conversation over and over--they’d think we were crazy."

Also--I really like how at the end you gave the specific spots in the interview referenced so people can hear it for themselves. Very cool.

Re: Realizing my biggest addiction - Thinking

PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:41 am
by vinay
Thanks Kathleen. I like Sam Harris' metaphor of "most boring person in the head".

Re: Realizing my biggest addiction - Thinking

PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:34 pm
by Onceler
My biggest addiction is fear and my efforts to ease it.

Re: Realizing my biggest addiction - Thinking

PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:00 pm
by Phil2
Onceler wrote:My biggest addiction is fear and my efforts to ease it.


... and this is called thinking ...

:)

Re: Realizing my biggest addiction - Thinking

PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:23 am
by Onceler
Phil2 wrote:
Onceler wrote:My biggest addiction is fear and my efforts to ease it.


... and this is called thinking ...

:)


Erm....no, drinking. And other sedative activities like eating. In my experience, fear energizes and distorts thinking.....fear free thinking is just productive thinking.

Re: Realizing my biggest addiction - Thinking

PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:28 am
by Clouded
Doesn't fear come from unconscious mental processes, which is a type of thinking? Can you experience fear without picturing a negative outcome? Usually you know what you are afraid of because you thought about it first, no? I totally agree that fear can distort thinking, though.

Re: Realizing my biggest addiction - Thinking

PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:35 am
by Onceler
Clouded wrote:Doesn't fear come from unconscious mental processes, which is a type of thinking? Can you experience fear without picturing a negative outcome? Usually you know what you are afraid of because you thought about it first, no? I totally agree that fear can distort thinking, though.


Actually, good question. Perhaps the genesis of thinking and emotion are interchangeable. I believe we can have a start, adrenaline rush, whatever and then fill in with a cognitive backstory to explain the fear. Of course fear can come from distorted thinking and a distorted narrative. I think, however, sometimes fear comes first, especially the fear of life or existential dread.

Re: Realizing my biggest addiction - Thinking

PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 4:23 am
by CaiHong
Thanks Vinay for your post,

Fighting/dealing with addiction/diversion in some form of another seems to be my life's work. This morning when I got up I was thinking the TV series binge watching has got to stop, watched Breaking Bad for the second time and have started into the Walking Dead for the second time.
I started listening to ET, really focusing on what he is saying as opposed to background good, useful noise, he was talking about TV watching.
Now I know what things aren't "good" for me and I have always been striving for some kind of balance. I questioned myself on how seriously am I taking this, I actually know this works, I stayed more present as I went about my chores and getting ready to go out for breakfast, I pushed my bike through the apartment complex and heard what I thought were a dozen fans snapping but ahead of me beside the lake was one lady in red silk practicing TaiChi even to my unpracticed eye she flowed. I stopped to watch and wait for my little dog to catch up, I started to cry for no apparent reason, then I started to analyze why I was crying then stopped analyzing why I was crying and just tried to stay in the emotion.

Trying to deal with my diversions individually is akin to playing an endless game of Whack a Mole. The more presence that enters my life the less need for diversions.

My most creative moments have definitely been when there was no thinking involved.

CaiHong