The Value of Simplicity and Order

If one wants to achieve concentration, productivity, and stability in one’s endeavours, then one should consider simplicity and order in daily life. Less distraction in every area results in better efficiency. Heightened focusing is needed especially if one’s undertakings are intellectual (not to be confused with curiosity that continually seeks for new items to touch the very surface of them, and looks for something else; an intellectual approach disregards all else to grasp one subject). However, a transparent life is also required to grow practically and morally, where morality means nothing else but a proper direction of will towards the right and beneficial for all things. The best option is the unity of mind and action that can be called an intellectual life.

Subscribe to be notified of new articles and receive exclusive materials

Alex Strohl Watching the sun
The picture is kindly provided by Alex Strohl

Areas of life

We have just a handful of areas that make up our daily lives: education, communication (speech and relationships; information and its acquisition), work, consumption, and health (nutrition, sport, and rest). This division, if still incomplete, can show where we should look at to structure our existence. It often happens that people either careless in these areas and follow the instinct (that is, non-reflected experience) or too arduous; and usually, we have a disorder in some part and a complication in the rest.

Below are possible fitting attitudes to each area and examples of going awry: Continue reading “The Value of Simplicity and Order”

Solitude and Silence

Solitude and silence can be very rewarding things if you learn how to use them. Those practising meditation know how hard it is to stop the constant chatter of the mind. There is nothing wrong with having thoughts, but having too many thoughts can be exhausting and contaminating for vision. Bombarded with dozens of images within just a minute, you seem to have no privilege to stop the flow of appearance and rethink your attitude to it, but to live on your terms is to be able to re-direct that flow. Your picture has to be more explicit. The ideal state, however, should be conceptual thought instead of merely organised representation (picture-thinking).

Subscribe to be notified of new articles and receive exclusive materials

Steven Herteleer Dreams
The picture is kindly provided by Steven Herteleer

The closest goal of meditation is to dismiss any particular picture-thought and to regard it from aside (not to be lead by an emotion resulting from a picture). The task of solitude and silence is in going over all images, which your memory delivers every single moment, devouring them, and finally, ridding of them for good. The process consists of not letting to enter new information into your mind and silencing whatever unnecessary you already have. The more time you spend alone, the more you develop minimal reflection helping to get a clearer picture of who you are and your state of affairs.

Continue reading “Solitude and Silence”