Escape velocity is a metaphor for the energy it takes to break free of current patterns that stop you from being who you want to be and living in the world the way you want to live.
I’ve been honored and humbled to be a contributor to that collective endeavor, along with a small gathering a people who are about a bazillion times smarter than me.
Today, I shared a post over there called Escaping the Mind That Binds.
It’s about something that’s been on my mind a lot, mental models and how we create our own special sauce versions of reality that often lead to suffering.
Here’s how it starts…
“In 1930s Italy, a carefree Jewish book keeper named Guido starts a fairy tale life by courting and marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. Guido and his wife have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank.” -IMDB
The movie is gorgeous, but beyond that, it’s an incredible reminder of the power the mental models we create have over the way we experience our lives.
Whether we realize it or not, all day long, we’re creating models of the world around us. Taking circumstances that Buddhists would call “empty” and overlaying our filters.
- Moral filters (good, bad, just, evil, worthy, worthless),
- Emotional filters (sad, angry, fun, frustrating),
- Cognitive filters (smart, dumb, rational, flighty),
- Spiritual filters (delivered, doomed), and more.
You can read the entire article over at MyEscapeVelocity.com, along with some amazing posts by much deeper thinkers than me.
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