October 05, 2004

Emerson

I wanted to write my comments regarding Stephan’s presentation on Emerson from Monday’s class. I love how Emerson does not agree with conformity. I think everyone wants to be an individual. However, I think many people conform by not conforming. Some people try way too hard to be different and maybe they are not conforming to the social majority but they are still categorizing themselves. Why try to be anything? Be yourself.
Too often, I lose myself in what is so called “socially acceptable”. Getting up early, going to work, coming home, doing laundry, yada, yada, yada. It’s annoying. I feel like a robot some days…just going through the motions of life. Emerson says in his essay, Self-Reliance, “…the forced smile which we put on in company where we do not feel at ease, in answer to conversation which does not interest us”. Hence…my waitress job! But in reality, a lot of these boring, routine things are what we have to do in order to survive comfortably. Everyone’s comfort level is different though. It’s all in what makes one happy.
I did however find an outlet from the monotonous schedule and that’s meditation…time for yourself, time to reflect. Instead of always thinking we have to “do” all the time we should just “be”. Some people get bored when they are alone or not being “entertained”. You’d be surprised…you learn more about yourself, who you are, and what you want out of life when you are not really thinking about it. It’s an escape. You can still have your own individual beliefs and still do the “societal routine” every once in a while too. I think the best way is a combination…a happy medium for each individual. Here are some link…Just BE! Check them out. Happy meditating!
http://www.how-to-meditate.org/
http://www.shambhala.org/centers/toronto/howmed.html

Posted by JenniferHaun at October 5, 2004 10:26 PM
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Jennifer,

I am in total agreement with you. To be alone for an hour or two does make wonders. I know for myself,the experience not only allows time for creativity, but also forces me to engage in deep mental thought. During this free time by myself, I often ask myself questions, which get me thinking about life situations, and what decisions should be made concerning daily routine. As you found meditation to help soothe you, I enjoys walks on my farm. When I walk, I pay attention to my breathing. I'm most positive that when you meditate, you practice appropriate breathing techniques.

Emerson agrees with you also. As stated in paragraph 39, "The soul is no traveller: the wise man stays at home with the soul, and when his necessatiies, his duties, on any occasion call him from his house, or into foreign lands, he is at home still and is not gadding abroad from himself".

Posted by: ShannaDeFrances at October 7, 2004 12:41 PM
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