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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 08:49 PM

46. My grumpy friend

 

Those two links I provided are most valuable. You can see the "hopelessness" of various instrumental (political etc.) approaches to our common problems, and I believe you agree that only real "chance" of adapting with least suffering is change of our collective consciousness. By becoming more loving, as the good Vietnamese monk suggests.

I'm now watching day three morning session of Dalai Lama talks, and it's wonderful. The German neurologist clarified what I've sort of know for long time, but could never clearly express before her explanation confirmed by neuroscience. Empathy is our natural innate ability to feel the pain of others when they feel pain. I suggest your grumpiness is empathy of "world pain", which is received and channeled rather through the neural channels of theoretical and deductive knowledge of others instead of directly felt empathy (to which we often build various defense mechanisms for good reasons). Or bit of both, they can get mixed.

So, empathy is our innate ability of "diagnosis", which does not help much, if we just end up feeling more pain. The positive response is compassion, feeling and radiating "warm and fluffy" feeling, as our materialist friends call it sometimes, which feels like it originates from somewhere deep within or from heart or heart chackra. Which is btw measured to have very strong magnetic field extending around us (which are de facto infinite, their spatial "strength" drops as function of distance but never reaches absolute zero).

What is wonderful and promising is that neuroscience can now measure and experimentally verify these states, and has proven that compassion etc. can be taught and practiced with visible and measurable results in terms of our neuroplasticity and cognitive and emotional skills. Practiced through contemplative practices such as vipassana, metta bhavana etc. etc. What is wonderful is that now besides just doing and being it, we can also explain and verify it in scientific terms, which will and is already strengthening the global level of compassion.

I'm still in the middle of watching the presentation of the German neuroscientist, just had to take a brake to tell you these good tidings. <3

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