You’re allowed to be skeptical

April 24, 2020

Are you skeptical about meditation and mindfulness?

It doesn’t seem very scientific to you? You don’t get what the big deal is?

Fine.

It doesn’t have to make sense to you. It will work whether you believe in it or not.

I certainly don’t want you thinking that I’m trying to convince you of anything. Ugh…that would be horrible.

If you’re determined to be a skeptic, great. Keep doing it until it stops working. (I can already hear you arguing with me)

“I just don’t like to waste my time with things that aren’t evidence-based.”

Good for you. You still think I’m trying to convince you, don’t you? Nope.

For those of you who are curious to learn more, let’s talk about that.

You can benefit quite a lot from this, so I would recommend taking it seriously. You should have learned about this in school, but I’m sure that didn’t happen. Oh well. Better late than never.

See, the truth is that you’re fine as a human being. No problem there, regardless of how you feel about it.

The only problem is that you have this mind that keeps trying to tell you that you’re not fine. And you listen to it. That’s no surprise…you can’t live your life ignoring you mind all the time, can you?

Your mind has power over you. It controls your behavior. It dictates how you look at the world. (by the way, when I say “mind”, I don’t mean “brain”)

And what minds like to do more than anything is defend their ways of looking at the world.

That’s fine, until it’s not.

For instance, if you’re trying to learn a new skill, such as a musical instrument, you can’t do everything based on your existing worldview. Instead, you’re going to have to look at things in a new way.

Your mind won’t like that, and will try everything it can think of to stop you.

The solution is basically to present your mind with more data from the real world, so that it’s forced to confront the fact that it’s wrong. And then, it will create a new worldview to take into account the new information.

With that new worldview will come more possibilities for how you can behave. How you can move. How you can think. What mistakes you’re allowed to make. What is “dangerous” and what is “safe”.

And you suddenly find that you are now capable of learning things you simply couldn’t before.

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I'm your worst nightmare. I will violate your expectations. Yes, you will feel violated. Fortunately, I'm a good guy.

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