‘I am upset because I see a meaningless world’
The importance of this idea lies in the fact that it contains a correction for a major perceptual distortion. You think what upsets you is a frightening world, or a sad world, or a violent world, or an insane world. All these attributes are given it by you. The world is meaningless in itself.
Today’s practice was less of struggle than yesterday; mainly because I was not sharing as many people’s pain. I had another intense session with my personal trainer who explained the submission of ending moves on your knees, and the comfort of the child’s pose when you are absolutely exhausted. The latter he encourages as a way to gather your strength, the former he discourages because it gives you permission to give up.
I saw different meanings to things that I had never taken the trouble to even think about – thus reinforcing the lesson that the world has only the meaning that I give it. I spent some time after my training talking to another member of the gym who is desperate to give a different meaning to his life/to his world.
Photo: Keisha Diamond