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Puppies and Kittens

As that one woman in your office can tell you (or if you are her, no need), cute pictures of snuggly, doe-eyed little critters touch a soft spot in us humans. Baby schema — the set of features that make young animals appealing, like big eyes and a head too big for the body — have been shown in experiments to capture people’s attention, make them smile and even induce caregiving to others. Oh sure, the boss may seem tough, but one look at a basket full of puppies and he’ll want to rub you right on your little belly.

A study published online this week by the journal PloS ONE suggests that viewing cute images not only makes people feel better, but improves performance in completing certain tasks.

Oh my! A study to explain why might show something that the wise ones have been saying for millenia. Genuine compassion is what is needed for this world to function better. Lol, I know that seems a bit simplistic, but it’s true. When we care, we are careful. Anything evoking that caring part of our personalities will function to bring us into a state of mind that will cross our “t”s and dot our “i”s with more precision. We can be as efficient in many ways as a surgical machine, but without compassion, we are just going about our tasks on automatic drive. That’s why we cannot find a way to make a computer surpass a good Doctor’s worth when it comes to patient care.

I love the very thought of this. It so completely shows that we are in need of compassion, even in the mundane tasks of the day. The more we care, the more careful we are, even when it comes to tying our shoes. I suspect that this was marketing research for anime that simply surprised those conducting the study regarding the deeper implications of it. But how magnificent is that? A simple market study about cuteness finds that we as humans are hardwired to function better when the caring part of our personalities is tapped! I dare say that you will find with deeper study that this is why those who can harm animals easily and without purpose are inclined to become serial criminals of a violent and harmful nature.

Compassion is teachable! It is important to begin the teaching in early childhood. If we do this, we will enhance our existence beyond our wildest imaginings, and find true happiness is something that can be unleashed here on Earth.

Attachment/detachment

The concept of Attachments and Detachment as a way of life is complicated, and needs much consideration before it will be clear what it’s all about. I am not even sure I can explain it clearly, but I am going to attempt it. First, you must know that there is an unhealthy detachment of the soul that is common in those who suffer psychopathy, or those who make us suffer with their sociopathy. With this form of detachment, it is often seen that the person involved cannot form the appropriate bond with other humans that allows for empathy, the putting of oneself in another’s shoes in any situation. When we lack this ability, we become completely self-centered, caring not one whit about the well being of others. These people are often cruel, even when they do not mean to be. Even when these folks have children, everything in their lives will be about themselves, not their offspring. It is eerie to see this in operation, as you may see a child badly injured where the parent is more worried about how they look than how the child is faring.

This is NOT the healthy detachment from outcomes and situations taught by the Buddha, for, in the Buddhist path, one is taught to care about all human beings, not just offspring, as though they were part of one’s inner circle. Yet, at the same time, one is taught to surrender control of others in order for them to learn from their own experiences, good or bad. Even here, there is a balance that is necessary, for to allow one’s child, or another soul for whom one is responsible to go into a dangerous situation without proper preparation, or even to go at all, if the child is small, would be tantamount to malignant neglect. That is why it is very necessary to understand that one needs to travel a path of balance, or the middle way, as the Buddha called it. By keeping to this middle way, one is able to see clearly when intervention is appropriate, and when interference is clearly without merit.

The place where this healthy detachment comes into play is when a person makes a choice, all facts presented, that is against one’s advice. Here, for one’s own sake, as well as for the others involved, a type of detachment must occur that will allow the other to make their choices and learn. This is not easy for a parent, or at least should not be, even when necessary. But it is appropriate. Here is the difficulty, when the child has reached the age where their life choices can lead to sorrow, a parent must speak to the choices, as objectively as possible, then step back and let the adult child make their own decision. This is the same anywhere you have a responsibility to make sure an individual is informed of the consequences of their actions. You must detach from the outcome, here, for your own well-being, as well as the well-being of others around you. Nor should the child or others believe that you will be available to rescue them from the situation their own choices have led them into.

This healthy detachment allows you to go on living your life without the burden of carrying the weight of decisions that are not yours to make.I am extremely aware of the difficulty of such a situation, but, so was the Buddha. To remain attached to outcomes here will naturally lead you into feelings of anger and frustration. This disturbs your peace, do not allow it to do so. You have seen to your responsibility, and as long as you have done the best you know how in the situation. I have favorite prayer that is a mantra for me in times like these. It is commonly used in AA, and is the very best attitude to have when you are in the midst of such times.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Luminosity of Spirit . . . . . .Nirvana?

I have heard it argued both ways, that the Sermon on the Mount was addressing life after death, and that the SotM was addressing a better world here, if we would learn to live the way he taught. When I read Neil D. Klotz interpretation, there were many things that pulled together for me. I have come to believe that Y’shua was very much addressing how our lives can change in the here and now, if we will learn to live a “surrendered” life.

This is a life so dependent on Spirit that we know that all of our needs will be seen to, no matter what they are. I have actually known people for whom this has happened. I can testify that Spirit will indeed see that your needs are met, if not your wants. And there is where we come to the similarity between the “surrendered” life of Y’shua’s teaching and the life without external attachment of Buddha’s teaching.

When one lives a life without external attachment, one has reached a point where there is an acceptance of all that befalls one. This has been called fatalism by many from this side of the theological divide, and to a degree, that may be truth. But it is not the whole truth. There are “graces” in Buddhism, as there are in all major faiths. The presumption that we understand a faith or path from the outside looking in was one of the many things Y’shua cautioned us about, yet many practice that very form of judgment.

When Buddha taught regarding Nirvana he was not addressing an afterlife experience, he was talking about the golden life one would be able to lead when one no longer held onto desires as rights. You can understand this if you look at the meaning (from Huston Smith) of the word tanha, in the Four Noble truths. “I want what I want when I want it, no matter the cost.” This was the cause of suffering and misery. Letting go of this was the road to Nirvana, the Eightfold Path that led to enlightenment was the prescription toward getting “there”.

Y’shua taught the Eight Beatitudes, Gautama Buddha taught the Eightfold Path, I believe they are the same path. Simply taught to different audiences, therefore with different emphasis, according to the needs of those intended to hear the message. (The Lakota believe the Path of the Morning Star (eight points) will lead to happiness in this life and a good crossing into the next life. Coincidence?)

I also believe that we the people of earth will only remain divided as long as those who desire the dividing are allowed to influence what we think. When we can surrender our will, let go of the desire to have what we cannot have, and learn to walk in inner peace, there will be outer peace, and not before. There are many who believe the prophecies of the end times and of great disasters befalling the human race. That is one possible future. Look at the story of Jonah and the whale. Prophecies may be true and still do not have to happen. We can treat our fellow humans with kindness from deep within, and in doing so, bring about a time of true peace.

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