The sanctity of your mind.
To trespass is to enter the owner's land, property (or mind) without permission.
Imagine, the ridiculousness -- and even nastiness -- of letting your mouth
hang wide open, and allowing anyone to put anything in it.
How much more gross is it to leave your mind hanging so carelessly wide open
that anyone (manipulator, marketer, madman) could put anything there?
It happens all the time.
I've gotten much more aware of this subtle interaction... how my proximity with you/the world
can allow a fair amount of you/the world into me. And vice versa.
And because my mind's ambiance is of the utmost importance to me,
I do understand that I must guard it with the same fierce discretion
with which I guard my own womb -- my own mouth.
Access is earned. Bums are ejected. Muses, teachers, true-friends and sparks are embraced.
1/5/2013 12:57:52 am
Makes me think of the Lord's prayer: "And forgive us our trespasses
1/6/2013 05:00:09 am
Trespass. It *is* a kinda archaic word, huh? I think it arose as I was feeling very territorial about the kind of thoughts I want to have in my mind, and annoyed by obligations, conversations, media messages, etc. that "intrude" with non-desirable stuff. I'm tired of playing (mental) hostess -- making accommodations for -- things I do not believe in, favor or support. So I'm exploring fence-building. What will that look like in my relationships? How will that play out in my work? Do these questions intersect with Empath Ethics? Would love to hear/learn more about that.
1/6/2013 05:12:19 am
Maybe I am deflecting a question with a question, but how do you suggest we "block out" or "close" our mind to these unwanted guests?
1/6/2013 05:49:09 am
I very much like the school of thought you mention, and do prefer to spend the bulk of my energy and effort living from that perspective. More desire, less defense.
1/6/2013 06:00:40 am
Concrete example: the last few weeks I have been working in the library during the day and my empathic experience ran the whole gamut: sometimes I felt completely overwhelmed/grossed out/encroached upon by other people's energy. Other times I was able to relax in the presence of "neutral" people. Sometimes I put on my headphones and tolerated it and eventually it wasn't so bad, other times I felt so grossed out by the other person's energy/creepy breathing/coughing/loud nose blowing that I did get up to leave.
1/6/2013 06:21:00 am
I don't *want* to sit next to everyone, LOL. And I've always seen that as a matter of preference, rather than weakness, but I really appreciate your take on it! There's something regal about it that I like.
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