Meditation: simple and subtle

Do not make meditation a complicated affair; it is really very simple and because it is simple it is very subtle. Its subtlety will escape the mind if the mind approaches it with all kinds of fanciful and romantic ideas. Meditation, really, is a penetration into the unknown, and so the known, the memory, the experience, the knowledge which it has acquired during the day, or during a thousand days, must end. For it is only a free mind that can penetrate into the very heart of the immeasurable. So meditation is both the penetration and the ending of the yesterday. The trouble begins when we ask how to end the yesterday. There is really no ‘how.’ The ‘how’ implies a method, a system and it is this very method and system that has conditioned the mind. Just see the truth of this. Freedom is necessary -not ‘how’ to be free. The ‘how to be free’ only enslaves you. – Jiddu Krishnamurti, Beyond Violence

A collection of posts on meditation in general: Meditation is the PRACTICE of learning to PAY ATTENTION. That is all.

More posts featuring Krishnamurti on Beyond Meds:

●  This is true meditation

●  If your meditation is only a personal matter; then it is not meditation

●  forget the ideal, the ideal is not real

Life is constantly knocking at our door

lifeWhen we close the windows and doors of our house and stay inside, we feel very secure, we feel safe, unmolested. But life is not like that. Life is constantly knocking at our door, trying to push open our windows that we may see more; and if out of fear we lock the doors, bolt all the windows, the knocking only grows louder. The closer we cling to security in any form, the more life comes and pushes us. The more we are afraid and enclose ourselves, the greater is our suffering, because life won’t leave us alone. We want to be secure but life says we cannot be; and so our struggle begins. – Krishnamurti, Life Ahead

Krishnamurti’s words makes me think of Helen Keller’s thoughts too, which I’ve shared on Beyond Meds before:

Security is mostly a superstition. 
It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men 
as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright 
exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. – Helen Keller

More posts the feature the work of Krishnamurti.
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The Mental (Illness) system and thoughts on alternatives: a collection

“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

The current “mental health system” is not healthy.  It’s so clearly one that generates, encourages and sustains mental distress and pain. And so I’ve often referred to it as a mental illness system. Here I’m underscoring that as it’s important that we make big changes if we want to help not only the most vulnerable people in our society, but also society itself. We create one another. None of this happens in a vacuum.

Below is a list of posts from Beyond Meds that look at the system from many different perspectives. It will become one of the main drop-down navigation menu tabs at the top of the page. It will replace the Professional/Patient Divide tab and will be called Mental Illness System. The contents of it will include those posts that were included in the Professional/Patient Divide Tab.

This post will be updated as appropriate. Check the drop-down navigation menus often for updates and additional access to the archives. I’m always working on them.

New: History in the system and my vision for mental health on Nonduality Talk — Beyond Meds (audio)

The below are pieces written specifically about the divide between the professionals in the system and those who are subject to their care and/or abuse.

Other significant pieces:

Having well-being in general is simply about learning to live well. It really doesn’t need to called therapy or need medical intervention most of the time. What a concept! Here is a collection of self-empowering ways to view our health and well-being from a holistic standpoint. This list does not begin to be exhaustive. There are as many ways to wellness as there are human beings. The below list of links all include additional collections of links on the topic they cover.

People are recovering and thriving in spite of what psychiatry tells them everyday. Sadly many of us had to disengage ourselves from a system of “care” that harmed us gravely in order to do it. Non-compliance saves people everyday. This needs to change. It’s dangerous and tragic both.

If you would like to know more about coming off meds as safely as possible start here:

*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. If your MD agrees to help you do so, do not assume they know how to do it well even if they claim to have experience. They are generally not trained in discontinuation and may not know how to recognize withdrawal issues. A lot of withdrawal issues are misdiagnosed to be psychiatric problems. This is why it’s good to educate oneself and find a doctor who is willing to learn with you as your partner in care. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

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normal…

normalThe real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted. ~ Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Oh yeah…and this too, one of my favorite quotes I’ve referenced many times on the blog:

It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society. — Jiddu Krishnamurti

And while we’re on the topic of just how sick “normal” might be don’t forget to visit this post that features the work of RD Laing: Revisiting Normal

One is everlastingly comparing oneself with another…

One is everlastingly comparing oneself with another, with what one is, with what one should be, with someone who is more fortunate. This comparison really kills. Comparison is degrading, it perverts one’s outlook. And on comparison one is brought up. All our education is based on it and so is our culture. So there is everlasting struggle to be something other than what one is. The understanding of what one is uncovers creativeness, but comparison breeds competitiveness, ruthlessness, ambition, which we think brings about progress. Progress has only led so far to more ruthless wars and misery than the world has ever known. To bring up children without comparison is true education. – Jiddu Krishnamurti 

More posts featuring Krishnamurti on Beyond Meds:

●  This is true meditation

●  If your meditation is only a personal matter; then it is not meditation

●  forget the ideal, the ideal is not real

●  facing facts

●  This is true meditation

Books by Krishnamurti:

●  Freedom from the Known

●  Total Freedom: The Essential Krishnamurti

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