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4 responses to “Nothingness

  1. bluemagpie ⋅

    I watched this video a few times. It is visually striking, the music is super mellow, and the subject of nothingness that Alan Watts discusses is beautiful. I always think of this idea of nothing as kind of frightening, but he makes it happy. Everything started as nothing. How is that even possible? My mind is blown everyday.

  2. meganobryan9 ⋅

    Thank you for sharing this Youtube clip. I personally enjoy all aspects of nature and looking at these photographs really brought back some good memories such as hiking with my family or spending the day at the beach. I was wondering what sort of thoughts they brought to you and what made you think to post this? Do you enjoy nature on a daily basis or require a scheduled time such as a day on a hike to get out for some fresh air? Although this youtube clip is beautiful, I am always curious as to what others think when they watch the same things I do. What was your favorite part? To me the title is great because it is true that everything started as nothing and so much has come from that nothing.

  3. ahanama329 ⋅

    Wow, some really wise ideas and pictures here. There are some ideas that I feel enlightened already. “All the fear we have, all of those are nothing.” Yeah compare to the universe, we are like dusts, too small, almost nothing. Yet, we are human beings with blood and heart, with brain and eyes that enable us to make a change. So we are incredible nothingness. When I am taking myself too seriously, I would always compare myself to the entire universe to see how small I am, keeping me down to earth. What is your way of alarming yourself to always stay humble? “The secrets lie at the place where you never think you would look for.” This applies to love relationships too, true love appears where you least expected, right? The entire video reminds me of a quote from Tao Te Ching, the book of the way by Lao Tzu. It says “When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.” If we all come from nothingness, what is it that needs to be done? Nothing, right?! A culture that people is always on the run is called “Do culture”; America is an good example. People are so occupied with their routine life and doing different things that it is ridiculous to let people just pause, relax, and try to just stay there and do nothing. Whereas in lots of Asian countries the culture is called “being culture”, people enjoy a slower pace of life and people are more friendly towards each other because they have time to focus on relationships and just being there. There is no saying that which culture is better but I think we will be happier if we let some of the “being” spirit enters our everyday lives. What do you think?—Ahana

  4. I’ve been interested in Eastern culture since I first started to learn about it in high school. I was lucky enough to have an English teacher that studied at a Buddhist Monastery and would hold group meditation. I also began practicing yoga around the same time and reading different books on Eastern thought.

    For me it is feels good to try to keep in mind that everything here on this earth began from nothing–we are all equal, all little miracles. In this sense you can’t take things too seriously or too lightly. I agree with you about the “Do culture” that you mentioned above. From time to time I find myself doing tasks just to complete them and have them be done. Instead, I am trying to have each task I complete have a purpose. Thich Nhat Hanh talks about this in his book “The Miracle of Mindfulness”. He says that we should be mindful of each thing we do. For instance when we wash the dishes, we shouldn’t be thinking, “Great my dishes will be clean and then I can make some tea and put it in the clean mug.” No, we should just be thinking about washing the dishes; thinking about the warm water and the soap and the chip on the lip of the cup. Hanh says that we should be engaged in each activity we do. It’s a simple idea, but if you try it you see how often our minds wander.

    “Smile, breathe and go slowly.”
    ― Thich Nhat Hanh


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