Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind (article)

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Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind (article)

Post by Moog » Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:30 pm

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I read this article, and to me it seems to make a lot of sense. I posted it on another forum, and it caused quite some upset... mainly I think because people think I want to take away their daydreaming or something :lol: I suspect that people do 'tune out' of situations in order to cope with boredom or other forms of pain that might be present in any given moment. I have certainly used this as my primary coping strategy over the years.

Now, I would assume that those of a Buddhist persuasion would advocate doing the opposite of tuning out; bringing mindfulness to the pain, in order to understand it? I'm not entirely sure how being mindful helps with things like emotional and physical pain, how the mechanism works. It certainly does seem to, even if just that knowing a pain is there lets me somehow 'loosen' it and let it go.

I am not entirely sure that there isn't any value at all in daydreaming. I am not sure that the study conducted was altogether a very scientific experiment. I thought I'd ask you guys for some datapoints. What do you all think? I do think I am much happier when my mind isn't wandering so wildly.

I would love it if any of you would like to give thoughts and opinions on the article or any of the points made.

Hope this isn't considered off topic for this forum. Cheers! :namaste:

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Re: Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind (article)

Post by Ben » Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:10 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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