@GayLubeOil in spirituality, the role of the teacher is to shit on everything the student says and does and tell them its impossible. Only then is there a chance for the student to authentically seek and discover on their own. Following anybody else's words just makes a new belief system.
@destraht The only time youre going to eradicate your ego experience No Mind is when you get Alzeheimers and become senile. Pursuing No Mind is obviously your ego talking again, and wanting to eradicate your ego is again your ego trying to be the alpha enlightened superior egoless ego.
@jwayne Exactly. "Actually my anti anxiety neurotic habit is doing WONDERS for me!! I'll have you know I'm much too calm and peaceful to be upset by opinions held by others. Furthermore I'm far too ascended to be insecure about my gay corporate breathwork meme
@Wrofustr Even in terms of proper religion "mindfulness" is a watered down stupified version of meditation practice. On a related note, if your spiritual life benefits from mindfulness or meditation there is zero reason to argue about for it with others bc you will have known the experience authentically for yourself. If its beneficial for you then why care if others disagree with something as deeply personal like connecting with your own Subjectivity/consciousness.
@CruiseControl Normal people who are well-adjusted love the cornocopia of entertainment options, the scintillating tabloid-esque 24/7 news and smartphones which allow us to anytime shift into a private space of our own. The content of all the images encountered in everyday life are directed at a part of the persons identity that is intrinsically unfulfillable (consumer). If you are conscious at all, you will feel that you aren't really living but somehow on autopilot controlled by levers and triggers that seem from inside your brain but you know are being manipulated by the environment. To be aware of this programming is the beginning of both political revolt and spirituality, which have certain overlapping elements.Read More
@jwayne Video games tend to highjack the pleasure-reward dopamine pathways in the brain. Potentially leading to a cycle of complusuve addiction akin to alcoholism or porn addiction.
To top it off the more a person's pleasure-reward system is densensitized the more like they are to experience depression.
By all means try to defend gaming with all the info presented. To me the seem like an absolute time pit with possible health repercussions.
@jwayne My biggest issue with games is that they use "Skinner box" methods of reinforcing continued play.
Ever experience a "level up" and grind for hours until you leveled up again? Like Pokémon or Call of Duty for example. That's operant conditioning at play.
B.F Skinner, a prominent psychologist in his day theorized that humans had no free will & that our behavior can be manipulated by reinforcing desirable behaviors will rewards and while discourging negative ones through punishments.
He conducted experiments on rats using his coined "Skinner box". Needless to say they were successful.
Problem is, the methods of his experiments have extended to the contemporary realm of entertainment. Especially in video games & apps.Read More
@jwayne They've been shown to have a negative impact on developing grade school students.