Thursday, November 04, 2010

Every living system that goes out of balance
attempts to right itself.
This is true of your blood pressure and
your heart rate but also of the rain forest
or a population of birds.
Pressure on the system from one side–such as
lack of food, absence of home ground, or
the sudden intrusion of enemies–causes a
reaction to shove the system back into
balance. Violence is the most extreme response
to imbalance.

When people are asked to make moral decisions,

it is the emotional center of the brain that
increases in activity, instead of the rational
centers layered higher up in the cortex.
Only after anger emotionally fires us up do
we call in the cortex to fashion reasons,
including religious reasons.

If you plot revenge against an evildoer,

you are harming yourself: Not because
the thought may come back to injure you,
which is superstition, but because negative
thinking reinforces the source of negativity.
Darkness adds to darkness.
The simple psychological fact is that the mind
grows from habit and use, and as long as you
habitually use those centers that send out
blame, anger, retribution, intolerance,
and violence, those centers will be nourished
in their growth.

Nurture instead the light that you find inside.

Transformation doesn’t come about by being
touched with a magic wand. Habit and use apply
here too. If you find even the smallest reasons
for sending out intentions of love, tolerance,
forgiveness, and peace, these centers will grow
inside your mind. Spirit counts on this growth.

- - Adapted from The Deeper Wound:
Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering,
by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2001)

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