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Mudora wrote:(Nested quote removed.)
Now I've said three times that I'm going to create as much happiness and stop as much misery as I can for as long into the future as I can while searching for my ultimate purpose. I don't understand at all what you mean by "Did you consider that the absolute is not being until it accomplishes itself?", sorry.
-- Updated September 23rd, 2012, 9:20 pm to add the following --
(Nested quote removed.)
I have my time and imagination. I am void of feeling like the purpose I have chosen thus far is really worth a damn. My credentials are a willingness to learn, an odd sort of dedication that waxes and wanes but for the most part if I feel like I'm being properly utilized I will make it my entire life. I'm 21 so I have a lot of life to dedicate if it happens to be a long ongoing task. Basically what I'm saying is, I have no credentials, I have only my potential, which is what I'm trying to figure out how to use.
Lastly, and this is really not important, my name is Mudora, not Modura.
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April 6th, 2012, 12:37 pm
A Poster He or I wrote:Scott,
I saw the movie while it was still in theatres, and I posted my comments on it in the Atlas Shrugged Book-of-the-Month thread. Since I was a Randian Objectivist from about age 19 through 22, I read Atlas Shrugged and just about everything else by Rand, including every one of her newsletters. Decades have past, and my beliefs nowadays are almost 180 degrees opposed to Rand's, but I was still very interested to see how a movie handled the material.
March 31st, 2012, 4:24 am
Martian Visitor wrote:Martian Visitor wrote:
Semantics is meaning. Are you really not interested in the meaning of what is being said to you?Walker44444 wrote:
Of course I am, just not in this instance.
Then I don't think your question is fit to appear in our philosophical discussion, in the General Philosophy section. I think I'll report your post. Nothing personal.
March 28th, 2012, 2:22 pm
March 26th, 2012, 1:48 pm
Spectrum wrote:Meditation does work.
There are a lot of researches that proved meditation does work.
To do meditation effectively, one must thoroughly understand why one should be doing it.
If one meditates for some specific purpose, e.g. peace of mind, happiness, extra-ordinary experiences, etc. then it may not be effective and one will give up when the above expectations do not materialize or there are negative effects.
The caution is different people has different mental set up and physical conditions, as such, meditations exercises may have different effect on different people. Not everyone can meditate, and care should be taken if one has some kind of mental illness.
There are many approaches to meditation and for some, one need not be religious or spiritual at all.
IMO, the most effective approach and system is that of the Buddhist's Four Noble Truth (4NT) and Eight Fold Path. Meditation is one element of the 8 Fold Paths. In this case, meditation is part of a larger system of life rather than striving for some partial purposes. Inevitably while putting meditation within a larger framework of life, the side benefits of peace, emotionally balanced, and various experiences will manifest but these should not be pursued, rather one let it be spontaneous and natural.
In general, there are two main types of meditation, i.e. concentration and mindfulness. One need to practice both.
Concentration is necessary for effective mindfulness, and vice-versa.
The 'purpose' of the 4NT is to enable the efficiency modulation of the negatives in life based on the 8FPs in which meditation is one of the path. Whilst not mentioned, it is implied, when one is able to modulate the negatives of life, the positives will spontaneously manifest.
Here is one partial benefit.
Meditation beats dance for harmonizing body and mind
http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2011/02/ ... ion-dance/
Meditation itself should be 'effortless' but one need effort and discipline to set aside time for regular practice. (there are exceptions of sudden awakenings). To be effective, one need to put meditation in the framework and perspective of life.
Bottom line is, new and relevant neural connectivities via the exercises must be established for meditation to be effective.
March 26th, 2012, 5:40 am
Scott wrote:Work at what? The question seems to me to be meaninglessly unanswerable without such clarification.