Monday, 25 March 2013

Alert To Change Through Sentiment Analysis

Alert to Change Through Sentiment Analysis

The old saying goes that life begins at the edge of the comfort zone and easing out of the comfort zone becomes simpler when we recognise change as it really is. 

We used to consider a knife which had had five new blades and four new handles as being the same old knife. Now we recognise it as a different knife, so it no longer has all the old sentiment attached to it.

Sentiment keeps us in the comfort zone, and if we want to experience change as it truly is, then we will benefit by moving towards the edges of the comfort zone, and preparing to step outside. We have constructed our personal comfort zone over many years and many sentiments. When we  to distinguish between past sentiment and present sentiment we find obsolete stuff, so change occurs naturally . As we adjust our habits, our sentiments follow suit. We like some things more, and other things less.

Practicing meditation daily enables us to analyse our own mind, and to see where sentiment has been born of of past decision. Very often we discover that sentiment has moved on, but the past decision has become the basis of habit, and is now preventing us from accepting change. We still do what we used to do, but maybe we now find it not quite so interesting. 

We have to move some of the old sentiment, in order to allow new sentiments to flourish. Our quest to live our lives in the "here-and-now" is the starting point for recognising our new self. We know that our sentiments are very different to those of just a few years ago, yet we continue to run our lives as if the old sentiments were still current. Almost everyone we associate with is doing just the same, and we are all slowing down each other by hanging on to all this old stuff that aided us in the past, but is no longer of any use.

It might be the way we do our hair, the clothes we wear, even the food we eat. We continue because we feel we like it, but once we examine the sentiment in detail, we discover that the "like" comes from habit as opposed to current pleasurable experience. Our habits are not based on here and now, and this is where the difficulty lies. Of course, if we still experience a current pleasurable experience, then we should hang on to it and use it for an expression of love.

We often feel the urge to slow down when we discover our lives are speeding up. It is time to take control of ourselves. We must slow down in order to gain a better grasp of life. Everything becomes more noticeable when we slow down, and it is the extra things that we notice that will create the motivation for change of sentiment.

The process of slowing down gives us time to examine our natural urges, and provides the opportunity for avoiding the negative urges. By replacing negative thought and activity with positive thought and activity  we create a cumulatively accelerating process, and change then becomes easily accepted.

The life-cycle from infant to adolescent to adult to old age is repeated on all levels of consciousness, being initiated by the body through the chemical flows formulated by spirit. Recognising and promoting spiritually formulated behaviour over and above chemically and habitually induced behaviour is a key to the positive change.

Continuing to go with the flow is not a good idea when the flow is sewage.

If we imagine a world with no humans, then we can become immediately aware of the effects caused by humans, and we can see how each individual has contributed their own little bit. Once we become aware of this cause and effect, most of us will make some effort to avoid even a tiny bit of environmental destruction.

The most environmentally damaging footprints are created by fear, and for those who can step out of the fear paradigm, they can see the good, the bad and the ugly. The good emanates from the love paradigm which we are now all entering and is a different view altogether. It can be accessed by imagining no worry or fear, people giving instead of  trying to take from each other, no war, no starvation and no cruelty. It’s not impossible. If each of us avoided our usual little bit of environmental destruction, it would all stop, and our sentiments would change completely.

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