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Lost Man Naturally

Sky Sweater Pond, Photo Credit: Laura Hatanaka

I think in today's society we can look into the world and see ourselves as separate beings, but this is largely a fallacy I believe. More and more I see the connection we all have with one another. It might be the simple observation that everybody at the supermarket somehow randomly decides to check out at the same time, or it might be the awareness of how life is filled with constant coincidence. For whatever reason, more and more I'm noticing things as more of a whole rather than events happening as an individual.

My whole life I've been quite fascinated with the world of physics. This fascination may have started with a Brian Greene movie I saw when I was in middle school where he was able to take quite complicated physical concepts and animate the explanations in such a way that his audience could understand what reality was actually possibly hiding. I think I was subconscious of it at the time, but I think this was a trigger point that started my path of diving farther and farther into the depths of spirituality. The movie had me walking away questioning the dividing point between philosophy and physics. It just might be that everything at the end of the day is mere conjecture naturally? My confidence in this statement only grows more strong when I attend one the local physics lectures that are held in my town during the summer months in Aspen, Colorado. Each month brings a new speaker, and yet listening to the presentation seems to be more an exploration into the world of Alice in Wonderland than the physical logical representation, which explains the way things are. My reaction has been to have an ever increasing healthy acceptance to radical ideas and instead constantly increase skepticism to the ideas and values which currently lead my life, and this tail spin has put me into adventure land.

At this point in the weaving, I find myself vegan and yet more and more I see why others will never be so or will choose not to. To help prove my conjecture, I would like to dive into the world of entropy. Rudolf Clausis, a German physicist discovered the theory in the late 1800s. The theory describes how all things have the natural development to progress from order to disorder. We can look at this observation in our everyday lives by looking to nature. If we leave a peach on the table for more than a day it gradually breaks down and forms mold. One rain drop on a lake creates waves on a perfectly still surface that in moments turns the previously glass appearance into one of beautiful disarray. Whenever things repel this phenomenon of the natural progression of things to move to a state of increasing disorder, it could also be said that the absence of inertia results. We can see this in a river if we dam it. We can see this in a lie if we tell one. We can see this in a conviction if we hold one. In the end, the idea of the "absence of inertia" is an illusory one, as in, the realms of space, time, everything happens no matter what. The lie told inevitably causes increased complexity later on. A dam built when broken floods a previously sun-scorched plain, and a previously held conviction about a value only yields a stronger reaction and awareness when that conviction is broken.

Meditation is this, I do believe. It is to be in the state of entropy, I think. Rather than latching onto thoughts and ideas and proving things right or wrong, it is instead to be in the flowing river and notice it. It is to constantly have a healthy skepticism about everything including skepticism naturally. In these moments we find silence, and we find the opposite of noise often, interestingly and increasingly, as we practice it more. If cards are shuffled enough it is said that they return back to their correct order. Of course, this is still just mere conjecture.

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