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If a tree falls over in the forest...

Tuesday 20th August 2013

If a tree falls over in the forest...

Modern life, we're all so busy right! A few years back I read a statistic that the average person spends 45 mins on facebook a day. So that means some people spend a lot longer. We all existed well before facebook. We used to go out into the parks and play. We'd climb trees. We'd have real "friends". Anyway before I get all nostalgic, my real point is... well.... what is real? There was a zen koan which went something like "If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, did it make any sound?". Koans are designed to get the mind into a state of confusion so the person has to become more intuitive and zenlike in order to find the answer. In other words the answer doesn't come from thought and the mind.

Nowerdays we're spending a lot of mental time chasing our tails online and sometimes I feel like we're going further into the mind. So once in a while I like to sit back and SWITCH OFF! Meditation has many real benefits and one of them is learning how to discover the stillness on the inside which gives people a real break from the constant chatter of the mind. Facebook has many positive aspects but it's also a lot like the chattering mind. So what are you paying more attention to, the chatter on facebook, the chatter in your head or the stillness that's always been there? Isn't it time you switched off?

So maybe there's a better way to spend some of those 45 mins a day?

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Posted by Mark Zaretti at 08:10

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