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Cognitive Dissonance - 27sep21



As a bored child,

set upon the couch,

home from school

(with yet another illness)


I remember television shows,

featuring clowns,

working very hard


to keep numerous plates,

spinning upon vertical dowels,

all in a row.


By the conclusion of the act

the poor clown appeared

rather exhausted.


Is this not what happens

to our prefrontal cortex

when our brain endures


the cognitive dissonance,

resulting from juggling contradictory:

beliefs, views, and practices?


It is a remarkably short journey

from exhausted brain

to depressed brain,

and nobody wants that.


Remember how relived Darth Sidious acted

in “Revenge of the Sith”


when, due to his disfigurement,

he could no longer maintain the disguise

known as Sheev Palpatine?


As always, the best way

to deal with the cognitive dissonance

we observe in ourselves

and in others


is to flow from the Centered-spontaneity

generated by our practice

of mindfulness and meditation,


that are known by many names

such as: Dzogchen, Trekchö,

Mahamudra, Mahasandhi,

Ati-yoga, Ch’an and Zen.

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with a simple

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