Table Of Contents:
1.1 Thinking About How We Feel, Feeling about How we Think
1.2 Using Mysticism to See the World Holistically
2.1 Different Mindsets & Perspectives Affect Cultures & Nations
2.2 Sustainability = One Crucial Aspect of Global Stability, but not enough
3.1 Let the Waves Begin
4.2 Bringing it all Together - and back to YOGA!
Can we find the Rosetta stone between the Yogi and the neuroscientist?
“King Lear asked Gloucester: 'How do you see the world?' And Gloucester, who is blind, answered: 'I see it feelingly.' I see it feelingly.”
Most who truly believe and practice yoga echo this mantra with their physical poses as well as accompanying mental and spiritual state.
1.1 Thinking About How We Feel, Feeling about How we Think
Throughout my life, one of my greatest interests has been discovering the bridge between science and mysticism.
The question that has persisted: How do we better understand the link between our individual, subjective inner world and our collective, objective outer world?
What is the difference between how the “thinker” thinks and the feeler “thinks?”
Conversely, what’s the difference between how the “thinker” feels and the “feeler” feels?
Of course, we all know people on the other side of the Yogi. Maybe coworkers, family members, friends etc., perhaps very intelligent and successful - but see the world from an entirely different perspective.
Those who see the world analytically, logically, mathematically, and scientifically.
Those who roll their eyes at the word “Chakra” or “energy” because they hate the fact it isn’t clearly explainable by science. To them, what’s not completely explainable must be pseudoscience. Another charlatan selling snake oil and magic crystals.
However, the poses created through Yoga, and the resulting chakra alignment that accompanies them are largely explainable today by understanding the connections between difference branches of established sciences, such as neuroscience, chemistry, biology, physics, and quantum wave mechanics.
And the beauty of mysticism is that the spiritually inclined can understand the big picture, without needing to understand or prove every detail.
The same way you don’t need to analyze every crevice and detail of each petal to appreciate the beauty of a rose. And you don’t need to understand pollination, botany, biology, or chemistry to enjoy a piece of fruit.
They behave with a strong sense of intuition, and just like Gloucester, they can “feel” their way through existence.
I propose that neither side is wrong, and perhaps they are just speaking two different languages.
The same question can be asked in multiple ways. What is the link between the right side of our brains that is responsible for intuition and creativity (mysticism/spirituality) and the left side that is responsible for logic and problem solving (science/math)?
To be clear, I’m not speaking literately in regards to brain dominance. The theory that we are left or right side brain dominant in the “actual,” “physical” hemispheres of the brain is largely a myth.
In general, there isn’t actually more measurable activity in the right hemisphere of the brain for a creative person, or visa versa for the left hemisphere. In general, most people use both hemispheres pretty equally, and each hemisphere also collaborates and communicates with one another through the corpus callosum.
We are talking more about a complicated myriad of thoughts, actions, habits, behaviors and an accompanying personality that is also largely influenced by genetics and environment (left/right brain dominance is just one name for this).
What manifests as a result of all these factors, is a personality and worldview perspective that tends to be either more “inner world dominant” or “outer world dominant.”
As mentioned earlier, neither view is wrong. And if we are trying to REALLY understand the world we live, empathically, through another’s eyes, it’s important we understand each perspective clearly as well as their relationship to each other.
Continuing this theme, I think that this exploration of differing mindset and worldview also has implications on studying the differences between Western culture, which is historically considered more left side brain dominant, with the cultures of the East, which are historically considered more right side brain dominant.
Given rising global tensions, especially with China, it seems more timely than ever to understand how others view the world, both individually and collectively.
And it’s not just different nations and cultures that we can better understand through this link, there are countless applications. Men and women tend to think quite differently, as do people of different age groups (especially children).
Because after all, isn’t that the point of empathy and the golden rule?
By understanding how other individuals, groups, and cultures think, we can better understand how they feel.
And the product of our individual thoughts and feelings ultimately create our words, actions, behaviors, habits, etc. – this makes up our personality and state of being.
In other words, over time, how you think affects who you become.
Given that L’Aquila Active is a global platform for sustainability, it’s important to note that in many ways, sustainability is a synonym for stability.
We are looking not just for sustainability and stability in our environment that address climate change, rising CO2 levels, the plastic pollution crisis, water crisis, deforestation etc. – we are also interested in our social, economic, and political sustainability and stability.
Because even if our world was perfectly ecologically and environmentally sustainable, and we were finally in sync with nature and eliminated fossil fuels, plastic pollution and reduced CO2 levels…..
….the world, as it stands today, would still be on fire. Still globally unsustainable, albeit in a different form.
So I think it time we finally combined our material and immaterial worlds, once and for all, since ultimately we are both particle and wave, objective and subjective, spiritual and scientific.
As quantum beings, our lives are an example itself of the duality between a particle and a wave. And just like quantum mechanics itself, we are paradoxical beings, seemingly dressed in rational and predictable clothing, but always wearing the lingerie underneath of chaos.
We are both creators and experiencers of our own reality, and our eyes are both viewers and projectors, simultaneously.
Where does it all begin for the individual?
Think about it.
Did you happen to think about your thoughts?
If so, you thought correctly.
I think : )
Interestingly enough, thought itself can be objectively and scientifically measured through different brainwave frequencies.
And you probably know this intuitively, but your thoughts are the beginning stages that create your subjective, inner world, and a change in your inner world affects your outer, objective world.
3.1 Let the Waves BeginWhat exactly are "brainwaves" and how are they measured?