We think thoughts throughout the day without giving thought to where they come from. Where do thoughts come from?
Our thoughts come from processes within our brain and within other organs that work together to store memories, invoke instinctive understanding, and imagine unknown. The processes have tangible and intangible elements, so that they are hard to grasp.
It would appear that tackling the tangible elements would be an easier starting point, but that is not the case. The connection of brain to thought processing is complex and fragmented.
Instinctive understanding resides within the skin and within the pancreas. This understanding is transmitted to the brain together with nerve impulses and non-tangible energy flow. Memory processing involves the brain with the blood flow and the synapses. This processing is a full body effort, with “storage” spread differently, depending on physical attributes and body mass. Imagination and its ability to move beyond intellectual barriers is brain-centered, but it receives nudges and ideas from connection to the universe.
With all that in mind, where do our thoughts come from?
They come from the flowers and the trees, and the four-legged critters and the ones that fly. They come from examining our fingers and our toes and from hearing the words of others. They come from touching the ground and staring at the sky, and from considering the wonder within us and the magnificence around. Our thoughts come from living with curiosity, which comes from the spleen and the movement of bones. Thoughts seem to appear, but in reality they are formulated in the brain with input from those who came before and from the body parts mentioned earlier. Our thoughts are our own, but they move in a realm that is beyond our physicality and our mortality. Our thoughts bind us to the humans before us and the ones to come. Our thoughts make us human.
This information is presented with guidance from Spirit and input from some who lived before. It is open for scientific exploration for those who choose to understand the wonder!
- We need spiritual connection because our lives are insignificant without it.
- We need spiritual connection to help us weather stormy and difficult times.
- We need spiritual connection when nature overcomes us with its beauty or its fearsomeness.
- We need spiritual connection as a means to fathom life and death.
- We need spiritual connection if we are lonely or hurt.
- We need spiritual connection filling our lives with purpose, elevation, and reason for striving.
Spiritual connection can be found on one’s own or in a group. The main thing to know about spiritual connection is that it is available to all equally. No group has a claim on higher access to spiritual connection.
People who dedicate themselves to spiritual connection at the expense of connecting to the people around them are not living spiritual connection correctly. Spiritual connection is not an excuse for turning one’s back on the needs of other people.
Spiritual connection can be a way to understand the world around if we can see the spirituality in all living things.
Spiritual connection fills the world with beauty, drama, and interactions.
Spiritual connection is the basis for ethical and caring treatment of all living things, including people.
Places are called holy because of people decisions. The holy places become symbols for future generations and they assume greater or lesser importance depending upon stories. The stories and the legends that develop around holy places change the places from just places to symbols.
When the symbols become associated with national identity or with religious identification, they can be overly important. A place is a place. It might be beautiful from natural sources or from human artistry, but it is still just a place. No more holy than the places nearby.
(This post is dedicated to my son Matan, who understood this wisdom from a young age.)
Walking in LA is strengthening. It strengthens the body and the mind. There are so many interesting sights and people.
I have just finished a three-hour walk. In the process I visited a museum, window shopped, and celebrated with a cup of vegan frozen dessert (feel bad about using a disposable cup).
My body feels worked and invigorated. My mind feels used. My emotions are relaxed. My spirit feels uplifted.
Walking in LA is an opportunity to connect with how people live, and when open, an opportunity to connect with people along the way.
I have been in LA for two weeks, and I continue to walk all over the city. I have walked from Hollywood to many destinations in all directions. The neighborhoods are inviting and charming. The large streets present so many different businesses with interesting names, appealing merchandise, and yummy looking food. Seeing tour buses and tourists adds to the walking appeal.
Each day I walk 1 – 2 hours. Occasionally I walk more. Sometimes I walk just to walk, and sometimes I walk with a destination in mind. I grocery shop on foot and only catch public transportation when my load is too heavy or my feet are too tired.
People in LA say that LA is a city for driving, but I know they are wrong. LA is a city to be explored while moving 2 mph (which is how fast many of them drive on the overly congested highways). When I tell people here how much I’ve been walking, they are surprised. I hope my zest for walking LA moves them to walk and see their city at a slower speed.
Not all cities are walking-friendly, but the ones that are can provide endless hours of entertainment and opportunities for discovery and connection. All it takes are comfortable shoes, water, and openness.
Causes of being convinced
- Definitive. They say things with conviction so their information must be true.
- Uncertainty. We don’t really know, so “experts” can determine what we think.
- Guaranteed. For example: This diet is guaranteed to lower weight; or lower fondness for sweets, saltiness, or chewiness; or lower desire for too-much a a favorite security meal; or decrease bloating and effects of aging; or other desired outcomes.
- Power. Power builds influence when influence is desired. The force of the influence and the force of the influenced can create ideas that are convincing and are adopted.
Parts of convincing-ness
Convincing-ness requires two parts: willingness and motivation. Those who convince must have motivation (monetary incentives, desire for power, desire for betterment of society or of the environment or of others) and willingness to risk.
When the information being presented is untrue, those who agree to believe the information presented to them must be willing to overlook innate feelings of truth and must be motivated to forego self-censorship. When the information being presented is truthful, it still requires convincing others to believe it and they must be willing and motivated to digest and reuse the information.
Ways in which we are convinced
- Something appears in print and we’re convinced.
- We hear a factoid and we think it’s true.
- A well-known personality endorses a product and we think it’s worth buying.
- Fascinating speakers convince us that they speak accurately or that they speak for us or that they speak wisely or that they can lead us towards salvation.
- The truth is difficult so we let ourselves be convinced that it is not so.
Today’s world is too complex for each person to learn all one can know about the happenings close and far and to know about all the available choices and technologies. Experts are helpful for deciphering the complexities, but most are giving educated opinions, and that fact must be remembered.
Before latching on to the latest study results or pronouncement by a well-known personality, check the motivation of the source and let the information hover close, but not too close, while you decide whether or not it meets your inner sense of truthfulness.
Drawers are useful for organizing life. They can hold cherished memories and long-forgotten mementos. They can hold jewelry and other valuable possessions. They can hide away secret items and reveal longed-for desires. They group, separate, and categorize. Drawers are versatile!
Intangible drawers are also useful for organizing life. Intangible drawers are available to all, but are known to few. They can be accessed by understanding that life can be compartmentalized, manipulated, and organized. People who are aware of drawer-availability are prepared ebb-and-flow-wise.
Drawer-strategy is a useful tool for people who have experienced events that were fear-inducing, sad, or overpowering (positively or negatively). By placing the events in separate drawers, a person can move their impact to less so. The events are not removed from memory, because a drawer can be opened and its contents examined. By placing the events in separate drawers, a person can choose to lessen the impact of events that trouble.
Each person who uses intangible drawers has an individualized method for opening and closing them. Here are several ideas for working with intangible drawers:
- When an unpleasant event occurs—large or small—consciously decide that it will not overwhelm you and create an intangible drawer for it. Place the event in the drawer, and then shut it. If you find yourself thinking about this event, remind yourself that you put it away and can only think about it if you open the drawer.
- During a restful time, think about an actual structure that can contain facets of your life. The structure can be any shape that works for your life. When you go through your regular routines, picture them being organized in your structure. When events occur that overwhelm, let them into your organizational structure.
- If visualization is difficult, think of a cave that is not scary. Unpleasant events can be thrown into the cave and pleasant events can stay towards the front. When the need arises to think about a past event, let the cave send the memory out.
Drawer-strategy can calm emotions and can expand to encompass whatever happens that causes emotional imbalance. There are enough drawers to help through any situation.