Negative emotions can be the greatest teacher

We often think we express negative emotions, not because we cannot help it, but because we should express them.

 -P.D. Ouspensky

I have been receiving some lessons lately.  There has been a great amount of frustration with some of this new technology and apps that have become a part of our lives. 

 Three Legged Chairs

I am going to speak my mind here for a moment about the world we live in and the world we are moving towards with all this technology.  It has been my experience that much of the technology and apps we use seem only to work part of the time.  I like to say half of the time, but that is an exaggeration.  I guess I am old fashioned, but if a product or system only works half or part of the time then by logic, it doesn’t work at all.  It is similar to the line that half a truth is a whole lie.  If you made chairs and the chairs only have three legs would you sell them?  No, you wouldn’t.  Then why do these tech companies that are continually springing up insist on making three leg chairs?  I understand the financial aspect.  I read “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries and understand how difficult it is especially for tech companies, I have bootstrapped every step of Mindful Accord so far.  I get it, but I think that soon people will start to notice that they are paying for four legs while only getting three. 

The Lesson Is In The Pain

Let us get back to the main reason people read this blog.  If I stopped for a moment and mindfully examine my frustration, I can gain significant wisdom about myself and my attachments.  I can also watch past programming that is coming from the thought machine.  From where do my frustrations arise from?  It arises from my expectations.  The challenge is in the expectations.  If you study quantum physics even briefly, you will come across the idea that everything is a probability.  There is a probability that the sun will continue to shine and in 10 – 12 hours after some darkness you will see it again.  That probability is extremely high.  The probability that whatever technology or app I am using will work properly is significantly lower.  Either way, they are still just probabilities.  My attachment to those probabilities is what causes me the pain and frustration.  If I can let go of the attachment, I can let go of the pain.  When I let go of the attachment, it doesn't matter if I will see the sun again or this app works how it is supposed to work.  There is nothing to grasp.

Easier Said Than Done

This practice is easier to say than to do, by a longshot.  However, the key word is practice.  You keep practicing until you master it.  When you are mastering any task, you spend the majority of your time in a plateau area with increases coming incrementally.  Just keep practicing. 


Until Next Week,

Rich Decker – Mindful Accord 

Rich DeckerMindful Accord