The art of restraint

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‘Where the moods of one’s own heart are concerned, one should never ignore the possibility of inhibition, for this is the basis of human freedom.’ – From the I Ching or Book of Changes, by Richard Wilhelm What does it mean to be truly free? We encounter so many paradoxes when we dwell deeply on this question. Entering the many-mirrored realms of paradox is a sign that we’re making progress. Which in itself is a paradox. But a paradox at the heart of the difference between a psychology that aims to cultivate imagination, and one aiming at productivity, health or even self-realisation. For if we […]

Spiritual materialism

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‘The mind can wind up embroiled in very unhealthy states of mind. And easily get caught up in what might be most appropriately described as delusion. Although we would not see it that way. … [We easily] zone along on auto-pilot most of our lives. Meanwhile thinking, “Oh, yeah, we know what’s happening. We know who we are and where we’re going.” … How much do we actually know with certainty, who we are? … All of this are just obsessions around self-centeredness. … From that point of view, it is not like meditation is saying, “you should know who you are.” It is much […]