Because it isn’t words.

A person who thinks all the time

Has nothing to think about except thoughts

So – he loses touch with reality

And lives in a world of illusions

By thoughts I mean specifically

Chatter in the skull

Perpetual and compulsive repetition

Of words, of reckoning and calculating

 

I’m not saying that thinking is bad

Like everybody else

It’s useful in moderation

A good servant, but a bad master

And all civilized peoples

Have increasingly become crazy and self destructive

Because through excessive thinking

The have lost touch with reality

 

That is to say…

We confuse signs

With the real world…

 

This is the beginning of meditation

Most of us would rather have

Money than tangible wealth

And a great occasion is somehow spoiled for us

Unless photographed

And to read about it the next day in the newspaper

Is oddly more fun for us than the original event

 

This is a disaster

For as a result of confusing the real world

Of nature with mere signs

We are destroying nature

We are so tied up in our minds

That we’ve lost our senses

Time to wake up

 

What is reality?

Obviously… no one can say

Because it isn’t words

It isn’t material, that’s just an idea

Reality is…

The point cannot be explained in words

 

Im not trying to put you down

It’s an expression of you as you are

One must live…

We need to survive to go on…

We must go on

Sampled from a speech by philosopher Alan Watts 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Watts

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Amor et melle et felle est fecundissimus || Love is rich with both honey and venom

10 thoughts on “Because it isn’t words.

  1. You make such a good point about the level of mindlessness, superficiality, and emptiness that we experience within our culture that values individuals over relationships and (often) material possessions over… everything else. As you say, thoughts are “A good servant, but a bad master”. Our brains are programmed for mental chatter, but sometimes we become so tangled within that mental chatter that we lose track of what’s important and the actual moment there that is the now. I’m such a strong believer in the practice of meditation and mindfulness as an antidote for this…

    Excellently written and so thought provoking…

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    1. These words are not my own! (If only!) They are transcribed from a speech by brilliant philosopher Alan Watts, which INZO sampled in the musical piece that accompanies this post. I found the song and his discussion of humanity/reality/anxiety to be so thought provoking that I wanted to share with you all. I just added his name at the bottom so there is no further confusion about the author of these incredible sentiments! My apologies for that.

      That being said I share so many of your reactions. I found myself listening repeatedly and analyzing my minds own “white noise”. Mindfulness definitely helps but I’ve found that artistically inclined individuals often struggle with moderation of thought. Essentially – mindfulness is both a foe and an enemy depending on who and how we use it!

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      1. That is my bad for not reading properly, sorry! But, thank you for sharing, it is really thought provoking and so well written. I’m really interested in what you say about mindfulness for creative people – my own thought process is so…. winding and full of tangents that lead me …. everywhere. I struggle to be mindful for that reason and have always seen it is a pretty major character flaw. It’s kinda nice to put it down to being creative. I do find mindfulness helps me sometimes.

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      2. No apologies necessary darling! I’m quite certain I didn’t make it clear enough for those who aren’t interested or are otherwise unable to click on the video attachments. But yes! Mindfulness is especially useful… when minds are able to compartmentalize. I too have a complicated thought process, that wanders in several directions – sometimes simultaneously. But those ideas/concepts overlap. So mindfulness is sometimes useful in certain situations, but often WORSENS my ability to focus when I’m writing specifically. It isn’t natural for me to separate and categorize, it’s too methodical/inorganic. It often decreases or deadens my creativity. I love being able to discuss this kind of thing with fellow poets. Do you feel like mindfulness and meditation are vastly similar – or do they function as separate entities for you?

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      3. I think of them as the same entity but for those who know them really well they probably do have key distinctions. Like you, my process is not methodical and I find my worst poems are usually those I try to force myself to conform to something…. But then, sometimes mindfulness may help me get into a zone and be present, less tangential and distractible. I have an idea circling my mind for a poem at the moment but I can’t seem to connect to it long enough to follow it through. Being a little more focussed would help!!

        On a side note, I often cannot open YouTube links but sometimes do if I can search them rather than follow the link. I think it’s about international copyrights?

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      4. I think we share many psychological tendencies and it’s fascinating. And. Oh, goodness, I didn’t realize you were international! Being in the US, I rarely encounter copyright issues and I hadn’t considered that some of my readers are located elsewhere. If I ever post something with a video/music that you cant access, please do let me know so I can send you the title.

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