Diaries (was: Re: The Pause that Refreshes)

From: Martin Ling (martin@nodezero.org.uk)
Date: Sun Jun 11 2000 - 07:46:31 MDT

On Sun, Jun 11, 2000 at 02:56:38PM +0100, Amara Graps wrote:
> Perhaps this is a prosaic suggestion to something more imaginative
> that you might have been holding in your mind, but
> How about recording ourselves using the suggestion I said some
> weeks back? (Answering "What does it feel like to be ME?" at
> regular intervals.) It conects backwards, but one can always
> make committments to future selves at the same time.
> It's a way to see our own tracks through our own life-forest.
> Looking at one's life-tracks can be enlightening. It also
> shows how the sum of every experience makes us who we are today.

This is the exact reason I keep a diary. For those who do not, I cannot
recommend anything more highly. A month of life in which you have recorded
your thoughts and the things which have concerned and affected you can
be worth an entire year which you went through without, in my opinion.

Even after just a short while, you begin to become more aware of the
processes which shape you. You can probabably consider major events and
changes in your life, and look at the different ways you thought about
things - but I guaruntee you would be amazed to look back over some of
the inbetween steps you may have forgotten.

Coupled with meditation (the two usually overlapping), it has brought me
an incredible insight into not just myself, but others also. I'm
surprised it didn't occur to me to mention here earlier, in fact.

I'd love to discuss this with others, and would be happy to share some
advice on what I've found the best way to go about doing this.


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