chownah wrote:Yeah, reading fiction or watching movies or tv shows......even cartoons.........think about the movie Toy Story and any emotions that the animations produced. It is self making. You are fabricating selves for the characters and yourself. This is what virtually all humans do. It is really great that you have discerned that something is up with this.....you might be able to study how this self making happens by being mindful while reading or watching.......I can introspect better when watching in that reading consumes too much of my mental concentration so it is hard for me to be mindful while reading. I think this is a great opportunity to directly experience some of the buddha's teachings......one that is usually overlooked.
P.S. Do you know what I mean when I talk about self making and fabricating selves? I sometimes think that everyone here knows what I'm talking about but some people don't.
Aloka wrote:At some point I lost interest in reading fiction ... and then on reflection, it seemed like a really odd way to have spent my time, getting lost in the make-believe,fantasies,and fear and tear jerking strategies of the writers of those books.
Feathers wrote:.... And we're not trying to become Vulcans remember, we're allowed to feel, something has gone rather wrong if we don't!
2. Feelings. When pain and pleasure arise, we forget that they are impermanent, suffering, not self; we identify with our emotions and are thus tortured by our wrong understanding.
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