We think of abstract concepts such as kindness and courage using words. Your pet has a consciousness, but humans have a higher consciousness through inner speech.
Life is like railroad tracks. The left rail is mental, and the right is the physical processes. Your speech connects these two rails in a breath or two seconds.
Empathy is the connection between ourselves and others. Naturally, we are all connected by air. But we live while making “distinctions” between the connections.
Peter Godfrey-Smith says.Octopuses know humans really well. The world is a continuum of self and others. We all live together in the connection of mind.
Think of the drills. An electric drill. A math drill. A marching band drill. An evacuation drill. They have one thing in common. The power of focused iteration.
The majority of life moments are completed every two seconds. It is a time for speech and thought-Inner speech in two seconds gates our self-awareness.
In a blink of an eye – the length of a moment is 0.1 second. The discrete sound that a human can distinguish is 0.1 seconds. That’s the edge of consciousness.
The four deeds in Zen. Share, Love, Serve others, Treat equally. Practice kindness. Speak kind words out loud. You will be surprised by how powerful they are.
Imagine the world that could’ve been for you. We live in the web of possibilities. We keep forgetting it. So when you say, “I was lucky.” You remember it.
Learning is not about acquiring skills. It’s to feel a broader world where you and the other life (or object) interact. Cultivate your mind. Nurture your heart.