Finding A Golden State Of Mind
It seems today, everyone has a desired age and place they’d love to be, California in the 70′s, Harlem in the 40′s, Paris in the 20′s or 1890′s, the time of the Romans, Greeks, Italy in the 1400′s, even Egypt in 3000 B.C; but the problem is, there is no golden age, right now, there’s good music, and bad music. Just as there was in 1960. We have diseases cured and diseases we can’t cure, there will be pros and cons for every decade. People will surround themselves with art, music, and movies from their desired time scape, but, those days are over, there is no reason for you or anyone else not to love this time, we look at the past through a filter, we forget everything bad, so it seems like it was all wonderful. In 20 years are you going to remember The Jonas Brothers or are you going to remember Gorillaz? People in the future will see this decade as a time when movies and technology grew incredibly fast, when art branched out into places Monet could have never dreamed of, when electronic music was defined, and when independent music blossomed onto the scene.
We should all go out and experience as much as our lives as we possibly can, stay young at heart, drink wine, use candles, have long conversations, get lost in huge cites at night, have fun. Get enough story’s collected in your experience so that when you are old, you can reflect on your life and be happy.
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@paul2, With all respect I think your perception of ‘nothingness’ is diminished. It has been called many many things, like mindfulness, awareness, enlightenment, peace, etc. Nothingness in your context implies that you negate forms of life, but really it is an awareness that is more keen to it. I hope no one ignores emotions, they are the only things that tell us where we’re at.
I’m always curious at why people say “I wish I was born in XXX time”, because aren’t you glad that you are born now? The fact that you exist now and have options to explore the other times. I think that the mere fact that we can learn enough about other times, easily enough (internet), and learn enough to make us wish we were there should be enough to be happy with our times. What if you were born in the 50′s? You’d have no idea about the 60′s and 70′s. What if you were born in the Renaissance? Well, good luck living past 40!
The age we have now may not be perfect, but I think it is the best so far. Sure, we may have the biggest hardships (that is a very loose statement, and I know it’s very easily arguable), but we also have the biggest chance for change and growth.
You can be whatever you want to be, live however you want. Just go and do it.
@thomaschong, aw it sucks to hear woodstock wasn’t as awesome as everyone makes it out to be, haha. but i’m sure you have some kickass memories too! with all that being said, i’m definitely not disappointed to be living through our current era, i mean all our technological and medical and whatever advances are fucking crazy! and i fucking love dubstep. who knows, at this rate maybe we’ll perfect some back to the future shit and i can go visit the 70s, just for a while :)
@lesterxp, I’ve only been able to achieve that for about 30 seconds during my entire lifetime, which leads me to believe that it’s not a good ‘main goal’ in life..might as well enjoy this physical plane of existence and all it has to offer.
i’m one of those people that often tell others that i wish i were living in the 60s or 70s rather than the present. for me, i just want to have experienced the atmosphere back then, if that makes any sense.. you know, when psychedelic rock was a thing and not all this current pop that favors a catchy beat and repetitive lyrics. there’s also the fact that many of my favorite artists and bands are currently inactive or dead or what have you are from that era, so i’ll likely never have the chance to experience their concerts. my parents would give me their old concert t-shirts from when they went to see the who, the police, AC/DC, kiss, etc. and i just really envy them and the fact that they were there, man. i can always listen to a beatles song, but i’ll never be able to actually see them perform live. i mean for example, the university i attend has had jimi hendrix, janis joplin, frank zappa, and blue oyster cult perform there — this last year we had wiz khalifa. that was definitely a “doh!” moment where i wished i was attending my university 30 or 40 years earlier!
so yeah, that’s just my reasoning behind when i say “i wish i were living in the 60s or 70s!”
@cognizantelephant, oh its all good I’m really unformed on the subject of this. I assume this state is reached by meditation right? Why would you sacrifice the needs of achievements, the intricacies of emotions only to witness them all at once.
@mskisa, You did not try hard enough. Or you were not truly honest in your search of it. Strive more. Look between the thoughts. What is there? When the mind becomes quiet, bliss comes in. You enjoy all that is without preferences or separation. The physical plane is an illusion, a dream of the mind. No mind. No dream. Go beyond it. What remains?
@paul2, It’s cool dude. Witnessing them all at once, that would be a sight lol. Awareness to me is more not being biased to any particular emotion, even if you can’t see it for yourself, there is usually a little tilt towards a certain area. Like reacting in a certain way to certain forms of certain things, for example. The drive for achievement is really healthy. There is a lot of people who become sad in the fact that they might actually have to do something to get what they want.
I don’t think it’s something you can force, to just see. You realize that it is always there, yet you see it as something negative, or hurtful to experience. When those feelings you attach to understanding are negative themselves, not the actual understanding of ..understanding.
@lesterxp, What I saw between the thoughts and desires was a beautiful energy and almost indescribable beauty of ‘beingness’ and ‘stillness’ and ‘oneness’. I also saw an incredible loneliness, and that I did not like. Perhaps it’s time to look again?
@thomaschong, I am glad to hear this, that art and creativity did not die sometime in 1975. It was beginning to feel like it.
@mskisa, indeed it is. How can you like or dislike smth in the absence of thoughts? Be sure to discard all thought. Even the thought “I discard all thoughts” must disappear. Abide there for some time. You will find yourself. The beingness and stillness and oneness is you. Everything is in you and you are in each one. How can you be alone?
@hezkykluk, I grew up during the 40′s and 50′s, and I went to Woodstock, but we still had our fair share of shit, the fucking Archies and their song “Sugar, Sugar” beat everyone we know and love today, only the good stuff is remembered, and everything that was bad gets swept away, its a false nostalgia, Woodstock was hot, the acid was bad, there was very little food, people shit where they stood! It was hot too, hot and wet.
@mskisa, You are on to it. What he did was describe what that experience of oneness was to him, ultimately all he can really do. How can you expect another person to truly describe what it’d be like for you? But I agree with him, that a state in stillness does exist and it is attainable. It is not lonely, because lonely doesn’t exist within that reality. It isn’t anything at all, it is
sounds so hippy but it’s true.