Living Among Elements, and Out of
BeWare Living Series Part Three
Majid Ali, M.D.
An acorn grows roots for its oak.
A belief’s truth, real or imagined, grows roots only
for itself. And so does a mind’s reason. This is the
evolution’s way. It also defines the script of life
of tribes of brain cells.
An old tale tells us about a
young man with two wolves living in his head. Their
quarreled relentlessly, often violent, and torment
their host endlessly. Finally the young man sought
advice from a wise old man. "Which one of the wolves
wins more often?" the old man asked. "The one I feed
more often," comes the reply. That is also an
evolutionary imperative, Nature’s intelligent
design. If the wolf of anger is fed more often, it
is he who becomes stronger. If love’s wolf—yes,
wolves don’t kill unless they need to hunt for their
lives—is fed more often, it becomes stronger.
Life is an empty vessel. What it
becomes depends upon what we fill this vessel
with—love, light, and compassion, or anger, hate,
We cannot make what is already
made. We can only take what is already make. These
simple words reveal what escapes the mind regularly
until it is put aside. Here is how:
Living-Among-the-Elements—sand and rocks, sun and
sky, weed and trees, birds and breeze, chipmunks and
children, spiders and cigarette butts, and whatever
meets the eyes—reveals what is already there. What is needed is simply to take the path
that Nature laid it before us, a path that is
already made. By contrast, Living-in-the-Head hides
what is there is there to behold. Here I do not sell
happiness. I might add here what I wrote many years
ago: Nothing makes people more unhappy than
searching for happiness.
Put another day,
Living-in-the-Head is obsession with happiness and
such things. Living-Among-the-Elements saves us from
that futile search.
the Sunny Sidewalk
Sun lights up street sidewalks
differently at different times of the day. During
winter months, sun-lit sidewalks are more pleasant
to walk on than others in shade. The choice of the
walker determines the experience of walking, on
sunny sides or the darker one. Does sunlight lift
the mood of people prone to sadness and depression?
Individuals with mood disorders know the answer.
What might this have to do with brain plasticity?
Sunny sidewalk engages light-loving neurons (brain
cells) while a cold sidewalk in shade engages
neurons that evolved to help us cope with cold and
dark places. So, now which sidewalk should one take?
And with what results?
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