The painful plastic paradox

It’s amazing what a difference a decade makes.

If you were to turn back the clock that amount or so, walking around you would see something strange. The hippies, the health conscious people, the hipsters, all of them would be bragging about how they’re drinking bottled water, how they avoid tap water.

At the time, that made perfect sense.

The bottles (allegedly) came from natural springs, or glaciers, or whatever.

Beautiful, natural sources.

And yet, just think about that now from the modern perspective. All of those bottles would’ve had BPA in them and who knows what else.

So you have these health conscious people, going out of their way and spending extra money to slowly poison themselves.

Now, what’s the point of this?

To make fun of some people who didn’t know better?

Well, there’s some value in that. It’s easy to get ‘healthy and natural’ and ‘industrial poisons’ mixed up if you’re not paying attention.

But, no, that’s not it.

I don’t really have a point.

I guess it just goes to show you that sometimes you have an intention.

That intention can be the most noble, the most good, the most wise thing.

And then, sometimes your actions don’t align with that intention. Sometimes it’s because you lose perspective for a moment and do something foolish. And sometimes, it’s simply because you don’t know better.

There’s no cure for this, but you can always improve.

Focus more.

Train your mind to think, not just regurgitate old patterns.

It won’t be perfect. Life is suffering, most of which is self-inflicted. But that’s good news, because dialling that back even a little – even just a few percent – will change your life. That’s what the old philosophies and modern neuroscientists say: pain is inevitable, but you can always do something about it.

But what, exactly?

Wishful… I mean ‘positive’ thinking?

Cutting out sugar?

Going on a social media cleanse?

Sure, each of those will help.

But to really make a difference, it takes deep, dedicated training of your mind.

Meditation is one answer.

But if you want to go beyond just meditation, in a fraction of the time and effort, I recommend starting here:

https://guided-thought.com/monster

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