Two more great chapters done! So much information! So much that I went back and skimmed over the first chapter again. My poor book is full of pencil markings now lol.
I've read a lot about eating meditation, but hadn't really tried it before. I did this meditation with a tangerine instead of an orange as I'm not all that fond of apples. I'm still undecided about this... I didn't really feel different or think different... maybe I simply need a lot more practice with mindfulness and FULLY concentrating on the task. With that thought, I'm going to spend this week working on it and see what, if anything, changes with further practice.
Do you agree with Cheung and Hanh's statement that "much of the world's suffering comes from not eating mindfully"?
Yes. I agree, though as the book says, I feel that it's more than just eating food. It's "eating" in a much broader sense.
Have you considered becoming or are you either full-time or part-time vegetarian (flexitarian)? What would help you make that transition?
Yes! I am not vegetarian, but I have considered it for many years...and did attempt it at one point. I am strongly against the treatment of the animals that we consume as food.... some of the images and stories of what is done to them sicken me. I didn't succeed at vegetarianism because back then I didn't cook and didn't know any recipes. I would be open to trying again... if not for a fiance who refuses to NOT eat meat. He says a meal isn't a meal if it doesn't have meat. Maybe I can try to do what the book says and start with some meals instead of them all. I can save the meaty meals for dinner. I'll have to give it some thought.
Is mass media sometimes "toxic" for you, personally? How do you try to mitigate the effects of mass media?
I'd have to say "not very often". Maybe it's just me.. but I think sometimes people place too much power with the media. The example in the book for instance, of watching a thriller movie, or the chocolate advertisement... seem a bit too much to me... though I get the basic idea. I don't feel that experiencing things, even stressful ones are inherently bad. I think it's more in how you look at things. I love scary movies, but because I know they aren't real, they don't leave me stressed and they certainly don't leave me with nightmares. And I don't give advertisements any weight. Maybe it's because I KNOW the tactics they use to sell things, I don't know. But seeing a "sexy" ad for shoes for example would never make me think "I want to be sexy, so I need those shoes", even subconsciously. Hopefully this all makes sense.
How does your volition help your daily existence and your efforts to become healthier?
I think that volition is the most important aspect of improving our existence and our health. After all, we must want to change, in order to change our minds and our bodies. I think that sometimes what I REALLY want gets lost in what I want in a particular moment (another slice of pie, skipping the workout etc). I know I have to work harder at remembering what I really want.
The concepts of store consciousness and mind consciousness are intriguing - do you find that this philosophy rings true for you?
I'd say that this very accurately describes me. My brain is very compartmentalized. Unless I'm currently experiencing a trigger or "formation", then I tend to completely forget about it. Anger for instance... I'm not usually angry for very long. Once the initial reason has passed and I've expressed my anger (haha not very buddhist here), it's usually gone and I no longer think about it. But there are definitely certain "seeds" that I know are waiting to be watered, waiting to flower, some good, some not so much.
One more thing I'd like to add... I agree with the thinking that the more you experience something the more the emotions and feelings associated with it are strengthened. The more you tell yourself you like or hate something... the more you'll feel those emotions toward that something.
Anyway, that's the end of my ramblings for now. Looking forward to other thoughts on this!
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