=== JKrishnamurti.org – Daily Quote ===
Isn’t there a danger, the questioner asks, in the mind when the whole human organism becomes highly sensitive; isn’t there a danger of nervous tension? Why should we have tension at all? Doesn’t tension exist only when there is resistance?
There are noises going on here: a dog is barking, the buses are going by, and there is a child crying. When you resist, tension is built up. This actually takes place.
If you don’t build any resistance but let the noise go through, listen to it quietly, without resistance, not saying that it’s is good or bad, not saying, “I wish that dog wouldn’t make that noise; that bus is terrible”, but just listen—then, since there is no resistance, there is no strain, no effort.
I think one of the problems of modern life is living in boxed-up houses called flats, where there is no space, no beauty, but constant strain. [Emphasis Added]
If you are vulnerable to it all—I’m using the word “vulnerable” in the sense of to receive, to let everything come—then I don’t see how you can have nervous breakdowns or nervous tension.
The Collected Works vol XVI, pp 148-149
=== Thoughts ===
Since my days of experimentation and exploration of- let’s call them “altered”- states of consciousness, I’ve maintained that one of our greatest problems is the fact that we spend so much of our time indoors. And it seems to me that this is a trend which will only continue to get worse.
Technological advances have dramatically reduced the necessity of spending time outside, and led to us become quite accustomed to cooping ourselves up within little boxes which we affectionately call our “homes”, and spending our time staring at glowing rectangles.
Stop for just a moment and think about how much time you actually spend outside on a day to day basis.
If you’re like most people, you probably spend a minute or two walking to the car in the morning, on your way to work- unless of course, you park in the garage. How about walking from the car to into the office? Or from the car intoto the store, a bar, a club, a restaurant, or movie theater?
But do you spend any time outdoors other than those brief moments while you’re in transit to the next indoor destination?
And if you’re constantly cooped up inside, surrounded by straight lines, four walls and a roof, in such a limited and suffocating space, how can you expect your mind to ever comprehend the infinite?
If you trap yourself into little boxes, shutting yourself within such tiny physical spaces (relative to the outside world), how can you ever hope to know the limitless, to meet God, or to understand the reality of our massive universe (which I can assure you is mostly outdoors)?
I don’t know about you, but the more time I spend inside, the more unhappy I tend to feel. The less animated I become. The less connected to the environment, to others, and to myself, I tend to become.
Perhaps it’s because I had what would nowadays be considered a relatively odd child-hood, growing up against what has become a golf course and massive housing development, spending most of my time outside in the hills, building forts, and living essentially outdoors until the street lights came on.
So maybe it’s just me.
But when I find myself inside for any extended period of time, I certainly begin to feel like the walls are closing in, like I’m losing that creative spark, and that precious ability to think, and more importantly, to live “outside the box”.
And I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine anything more important that the ability to do just that; to escape from the confinement of both these physical walls and my self-constructed mental barriers, and to live in a true state of freedom.
But maybe it’s just me.