THE SUCCESSFUL BLAST off of any new blog — say the blogging gurus — is that it corners a niche and has an extremely tight focus. So that’s cool: the essence of what a monkey flower is couldn’t be any more simple. It’s a thought.
So does that mean that monkey flower is about thinking and thoughts?
Well in broad terms, yes it is, but that would also mean that the boundaries of this blog would be the boundaries of the known (ie everything in human experience).
Not such a tight focus.
So let’s be clear that monkey flower’s reason-to-be is as a space you can come to read a story or two on living well and being content.
That is to say that monkey flower is interested in sharing some ideas on the simple things that bring happiness — starting with our own minds — and then touching on a few of life’s fundamentals as well.
monkey flower will cover topics ranging from mindfulness and meditation, to shelter and relationships, identity and perception, consciousness and more.
If you were to place monkey flower on a spectrum that has scientific materialism at one extreme and the rampantly esoteric at the other, then coverage will lie somewhere in between — not straying too distant from the empirical without an oxygen supply (but it keeps an open mind).
This means monkey flower also comes with the rider that sometimes we reckon you just need to take a few deep breaths and get out there amongst the apparently inexplicable because one of the biggest stultifying and limiting foundations of the Western mainstream consensus is the idea that observable evidence is the arbiter of all human knowledge and indisputable truth.
What a shallow, materialistic, technology-led blunder that is, one that is ignorant of one simple and utterly crucial fact: that all observed evidence by definition comes filtered via human perception (and can be influenced by it, as quantum physicists have found).
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” — William Shakespeare, Hamlet
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Next up, in a couple of days, you’ll find me touching on the tiny “lag” in our awareness (ie how come we often know the alarm is going to go off a split second before it does?)
In the meantime there doesn’t seem any more appropriate way to launch monkey flower into space than with The Power of Silence.
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