Welcome to the Sunday Pop-Up, where I write about whatever pops into my head.
This has been a week of encounters with highly opinionated people, along with someone asking me if not having opinions is part of my spiritual practice. I think I made a conscious decision to detach from my opinions when I saw that they did nothing for me. They told me these stories about the world and about other people, and these stories made me feel a certain way about these things, but they were not true.
It is odd that we live in these stories about what is right and wrong and good and bad, and that these stories determine how we treat those around us. Fake stories, based around the fake stories we were raised on and that our cultures tell us, determine how we treat very real human beings.
But, I may be wrong. As one person explained to me this week, his opinions are not stories, they are Truth. And if they are stories, he was raised with the right ones. Born lucky I suppose.
I wish I could jump forward in time and see how we perceive this time period where the internet became an opinion-reinforcing machine.
I am not sure there has been a time in human history where we could insulate ourselves so completely when it comes to different opinions. It can’t be making us any smarter.
But, once again, I may be wrong.
I do notice that every time I throw my opinion out there, especially a critical one, it doesn’t do me or anyone else any good.
Every single time I do, it leaves me wondering why I let myself have one in the first place, and why it mattered (because it didn’t). I find that my opinion is most likely to jump up at the same times things like anger, resentment and rash decisions pop up – when I am exhausted or emotionally drained.
It’s funny how the ego never really dies, it’s just waiting for the guards to go to sleep.
I finished up One Punch Man this week, I cannot remember the last time I was able to just enjoy something as much as I enjoyed that. My tendency is to re-watch the same shows over and over so that I can work at the same time, so it’s pretty cool when something new can slip into my list. But, like everything it came to an end and now I’m back to IASIP for the 6th time.
That’s it for this week.
Do something you enjoy today, and every day. Smile at someone, pet a dog. If you are going to have an opinion, choose it instead of letting it choose you.
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