Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.
| Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Consistency before intensity. Start small and become the kind of person who shows up every day. Build a new identity. Then increase the intensity.
"It only takes five minutes to break the cycle. Five minutes of exercise and you are back on the path. Five minutes of writing and the manuscript is moving forward again. Five minutes of conversation and the relationship is restored. It doesn't take much to feel good again."
What is a liminal reality? Liminal Reality sits in the bifurcation between surrender and control by contemplating humanity's relationship with nature. In this narrative, familiar porcelain objects symbolize human-imposed controls that interfere with the natural process.
A lot of healing is based on repetition. We often forget how many times we have reacted blindly in the past and how that accumulates in the mind to reinforce certain behavior patterns. To undo a lifetime of reactions is possible but it requires focus and intentional effort. When you genuinely make it a goal to transform, it is only a matter of time until you start seeing results. You want to apply effort into your attempts, but you never want to be rough or harsh with yourself. Letting go of unwanted habits and building new ones will ask you to dig deep into gentleness and patience. You are not going to get it right every time but eventually you will apply enough calm and compassionate effort that your new way of living will become second nature.
Regardless of the name, virtual reality, and all it infers, the inclusive three-dimensional environments of virtual reality are not a reality at all, but (only) a representation of human knowledge. If we create a model of a bird to fly around in virtual space, the most this bird can ever be, even with millions of polygons and ultra-sophisticated programming, is the sum of our (very limited) knowledge about birds — it has no otherness, no mysterious being, no autonomous life.
Memory fades; but writings, paintings, photographs and videotapes endure. Experience is limited to the perceptible; but the microscope, telephone, and ultrasound scanner have expanded the range and breadth of our senses. Imagination lacks detail; but flight simulators and scientific simulations predict what could be, unimpeded by complexity.
“Sometimes I wish I could photosynthesize so that just by being, just by shimmering at the meadow's edge or floating lazily on a pond, I could be doing the work of the world while standing silent in the sun.”
-Robin Wall Kimmerer