Organized Lovelessness

Aldous-Huxley
Huxley: too much on his mind

In his 1945 book, The Perennial Philosophy, Aldous Huxley wrote, “Our present economic, social and international arrangements are based, in large measure, upon organized lovelessness.”

Some things just never change.  And some get worse.

The good news?  Some kinds of organized lovelessness have dwindled since 1945, albeit too slowly, such as institutional racism and sexism.  (Sectarianism overall yet thrives.)

In the end, money is, always has been, and hopefully won’t always be the most organized way to conduct lovelessness.  I even use it to be loveless toward myself.  It is such an efficient means.

Just contemplating things from a little light reading in some old notes taken several years ago during the study of an old book.

Related reading (I think so):

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Engage Your Natural Meditative Function

In his book, A Course in Meditation, expert meditation teacher Theodore K. Phelps defines meditative function as:

A suite of natural processes of the human mind and body, distinct from those of waking and sleeping, that arise naturally during periods of intentional non-striving, generally while sitting in non-striving forms of meditation.  – A Course in Meditation, p. 188 (read 1st 34 pages online – PDF)

He adds:

The meditative function is physiologically and psychologically real.  It isn’t a philosophy or aspiration.  It is solid enough to be measured in physiology labs.  – p. 188

It has been measured and analyzed in many ways by many scientists, dating back to Dr. Herbert Benson’s 1970’s pioneering study of the relaxation response (Benson-Henry Institute definition).  Instead of relaxation response, Phelps uses the term meditative function because he sees “the need for a name that reflects more accurately all that goes on during meditation.”

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