After watching Deepak Chopra's 2015 speech at the Emerge conference I started thinking about what he asked. "How do you measure the mind? The physical manifestation of the mind is the body...when you say soul?...fundamentally it is a connection to the field of awareness and in that awareness we have experience. Experience is life. We have core consciousness which is just a field of awarenss. In awareness we have experiences-the subjective experiences we call our minds and the objective experiences we call our body and the experience of the physical world.. He continues by saying that, "Experiences are already happening in the field of awareness" and that when we probe deeply into nature of awareness awareness is not space and time." It sits outside of space and time. We-our soul- sit outside of space and time.
In his studies he and other scientists have proven that as we go inward we go into a space of timelessness. We experience a complete shift in body. Our cells stop aging and grey matter in our brain increases. Deepak's comment that, "Biological regeneration as a result resurrecting our soul." stuck with me for days. If we are fields of awareness we sit outside of space and time and the connecting point is meditation. Sitting.
Deepak talks about the five pillars of well-being as part of Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative he is working on at the University of California San Diego and they are:
Sleep - purpose to eliminate psychological detox and bodily detox
Meditation - process of renewal
Exercise - process of movement which has been proven to work no matter the intensity
Emotions - understanding where emotions (like resentment, guilt, and shame) reside and how to release them
Food - the power of removing manufactured, petroleum and antibiotic filled foods from our bodies as these foods tinker with our DNA
From my own practice I knew the power of all five pillars. For the past year I have slowly been removing myself from the 24/7 world. I jumped off of Facebook and LinkedIn. Stopped tweeting. Stopped creating my personal brand on Pinterest and Instagram. Turned my phone and anything with a blue light off at 9:00 PM. Took my four televisions into the garage for the upcoming donations. Cleaned out my closets of anything made in places that require indentured or enslaved people to make them. Cleared out my kitchen of foods with names I couldn't pronounce. Went back to my trusted leather Filofax instead of my iCalendar. My days expanded. My nights expanded. My interior life expanded. My social life...not so much. I realized that what I considered indulgences to others were absolute necessities of a 24/7 lifestyle.
While I slowed down and expanded others sped up and constricted. "How dare I be so selfish as to stop posting pictures and make my life private." In the book, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep Jonathan Crary according to his blurb, "explores some of the ruinous consequences of the expanding non-stop processes of twenty-first-century capitalism. The marketplace now operates through every hour of the clock, pushing us into constant activity and eroding forms of community and political expression, damaging the fabric of everyday life."
We think that we are in community when we join one Facebook closed group after another.
Let me ask you this?
Are we going for coffee with them?
Are we taking a walk on the beach with them?
We are in pretend world - we are in the depths of space and time. And that space and time takes space and time away from daydreaming, imagining, and sleep/dream time - all moments of spacelessness and timelessness - all necessities postioned as indulgeneces.
The Amazon blurb goes on to say that the book "examines how this interminable non-time blurs any separation between an intensified, ubiquitous consumerism and emerging strategies of control and surveillance. He (the author) describes the ongoing management of individual attentiveness and the impairment of perception within the compulsory routines of contemporary technological culture. At the same time, he shows that human sleep, as a restorative withdrawal that is intrinsically incompatible with 24/7 capitalism, points to other more formidable and collective refusals of world-destroying patterns of growth and accumulation."
So back to sleep, meditation, exercise, emotions, and food. Necessities or indulgences for restoring our soul? For me the answer is clear. Now to open to community that believes the same so my social life can expand again.