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HUMILIATION: the underlying fear - 3jan23


In the early 1980’s Rush sang, “…humiliation, the underlying fear…”. Wanna know a secret? Fear of scorn is baked into the cake of what it means to be a mammal, to be a member of: a pack, or a heard, or a tribe. We evolved to hate scorn and obscurity as if they threatened our very survival, for in a very real sense they did. We, therefore, ignore, or repress, or scold, or mock this fear at our peril.


When this rather uncomfortable feeling rears its scabby head we could contemplate the dance of impermanence and interdependence with this series of rhetorical questions:


1) - “How lots melt/ into form?”

2) - “How forms melt/ into speech?”

3) - “How speech melts/ into mind?”

4) - “How minds melt/ into void?”


Then we could rest the mind for twenty minutes or so: mentally reciting “Watching this/” as we inhale and silently reciting “relaxing!” as we exhale, and as such meditate like a Jedi!


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