Its Not As Bad As You Think It Is. You Are The Center Of Your Own World. No Body Gives A Damn.

Remember one of those days. You have one of your best haircut and put on your best outfits and you are off to work feeling too good about yourself only to feel a tad disappointed that no one even cared to comment on your hair cut or your best outfit. Welcome to the real world. Nobody gives a damn as they are too busy thinking about themselves and are in the center of their own world. This is even better. You are at work sipping coffee busily staring at your computer screen and lazily take a sip only to find coffee dropping on your pants. That’s a truly awkward moment and people watching nearby seem to pretend as if nothing transpired in front of their eyes. In both these situations we over estimate the fallout of our actions and sometimes have a sigh of relief at the lack of attention generated by our awkward actions or experience dejection due to lack of positive responses from others for something we expect a reaction for.

We all feel too important in our own scheme of things and unconsciously try to project our own self importance on our external surroundings. More often times than not we end up being in the center of a circle which seems to contract inwards towards us with our thoughts not echoing with the same wavelength with our imagined audience. It looks as if we are victims of an inherent bias working in the back of our minds that our actions are worthy of others attention. We assume all people around us are turning their spotlights on us and think of our lives as a part of some reality television sitcom constantly playing on our audiences mind. As much as we like to think that spotlights are always focused on us in actuality the facts portray a contrary picture. In reality people don’t even turn on the reality sitcom we think we are a part of as they are paying attention to other more interesting channels out there in plenty confronting them with the paradox of choice. This indifference of our imagined audience blends in with the so called theory of Spotlight Effect

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Lessons From The Halo of a Zen Buddhist Monk And The Space Walk Of An Astronaut


For the uninitiated Mahayana, Vajrayana, and Theravada the three variants of Buddhism put on the highest pedestal the practice of Meditation performed by Buddhist Monks across all the Denominations of the Buddhist Sects. The life of renunciation and extreme austerity of a Zen ( Japanese Mahayana) Buddhist Monk is only within the realm of a very selected few. The power of mind harnessed by their immense meditative practices so immense they get to experience the cosmic reality and the human inter connectedness in their meditative trance. Thanks to their awareness of the cosmic consciousness they dwarf the sense of self and view themselves as a part of the universal whole.

On the other side of the Spectrum of equal significance is the life of an Astronaut the pioneers of space exploration. Steel resilient interior masked behind their masked space suits Astronauts don’t come by the dozens. Life of Astronaut sheer testament to their mental and physical resolve and abilities. They do have something in common with the haloed Zen Buddhist Monks “Unrivaled Focus” In the pursuit of their target mission. Astronauts achieve their Zen Moments in space far away from the realms of Earth outside as the watch downward with awe the majesty of the Blue Marble Earth. They feel the sense of detachment and the wholeness of humanity watching from a distance and their speck like existence in the vastness of space where they are tourists on lease on their armored space crafts. The intense realization and cognitive shift an Astronaut is confronted with as he sets his foot back on Earth is coined the Over View Effect.Read More

The overview effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface. It refers to the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void”, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, astronauts claim,[5] national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this “pale blue dot” becomes both obvious and imperative. The term and concept were coined in 1987 by Frank White, who explored them in his book The Overview Effect — Space Exploration and Human Evolution (Houghton-Mifflin, 1987). Wikipedia

The Paths of Astronaut and a Zen Buddhist Monk Starting at two different points converge when both attain Cosmic Awareness in their distinct journeys. The Buddhist Monk through Involution attains the intense realization of interconnectedness and the Astronaut realizes the same looking downwards from outside the earth’s plane. We lesser mortals are better served by vicariously learning from their experiences.