When we sense our connection to all other things the possibilities are limitless, says David Arenson
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been watching the thrilling US Open tennis tournament and got caught up in this alluring television habit.
What I find with watching TV is that it disconnects me from my own life, as I become sucked in to an imaginary world “out there”.
The sporting event is actually happening, so it’s not technically imaginary, it’s just far removed from my own life, if I’m not actively participating in it. Despite the pleasures of tennis, watching it still disconnects me from my own “reality”. I find this escapist and mind-numbing activity comforting and hence addictive.
In my practice of non-judgment, I also acknowledge that even that is okay. It is okay to indulge in enjoyable, mind-numbing activities, so long as others are not harmed. It is not helpful to judge myself excessively harshly, nor to ignore the detrimental effect it may have on myself and my life. I always intend to practise a middle path of understanding.
Ultimately, it’s all about connection - what connects us to our reality and the greater reality of higher consciousness.
There is no “good” and “bad” from this perspective. If the root of acceptance defines everything we do, we can work with what opportunities arise in present-moment awareness. There is no need to be in a state of conflict or suffer from separation or self judgment.
The fundamental existential dilemma of our generation is metaphysical in nature - it is the delusion of separation. This is what is causing people as individuals and collectively as nations the most suffering right now.
What do I mean by the delusion of separation? It is the lack of wholeness that “separation” causes one to feel. It is the drug of little things designed to separate us from this grand life changing reality that we and every other thing and being are connected.
It is the lack of love we feel from being separate, and our desire to fill this lack with counterfeits and distractions. From television, film, games, phones, Internet and a myriad of the latest technological tools and gimmicks, is it an accident that we have created more distractions than ever before?
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