dragonfly lotusIn Kafka’s story “The Metamorphosis,” first published in 1915, the protagonist’s body turns into a cockroach.  But that’s not the point.  The point is that nothing else changes.  The protagonist (and his neuroticism) remains the same.

This is the irony of change.  Change happens on the backdrop of the changeless.  As the body ages, to a large extent we still feel the same inside.  As the body ages, the gap between our physical age and how old we feel inside seems to continually widen.

Why not listen to this sense of internal sameness?

Metamorphosis is a change of Form, not a change of Essence.  You aren’t what’s changing, you are that which remains the same.

Conclude:  I am not my physical Form at any given point in time.  I am not this ever changing Body.  I am not my informational Form at any given point in time.  I am not this ever changing Mind. 

Adapted from Lotus Effect (Somov, New Harbinger Publications, 2010)

Creative Commons License photo credit: △kenzie▲

 

 


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    Last reviewed: 31 Oct 2012

APA Reference
Somov, P. (2012). Not This Body, Not This Mind. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 26, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-living/2012/10/not-this-body-not-this-mind/

 

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