Meanings are an important part of living life well. What’s necessary is that, from time to time, you should be able to temporarily “relax” your meanings in life.
These meaningness relaxations may be related to specific situations (i.e. how you think about your future career) or it could be more global (i.e. should you find meaning in ambition at all?).
The new meanings you get to may not be any better but they may help you see around obstacles that keep you from living a good life.
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Meaning can be a feeling. When a person, thing, goal or idea feels significant to us, and when those same things feel ordinary. The difference is meaning.
Meaning is also an idea. A definition of something. When someone asks you what something means, they’re asking for you to explain it in words.
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In politics or in your personal life, you may feel powerless, or there may be situations which are not in your control but you would still get anxious and wouldn't be able to stop thinking about it. This shows an excess in meaning because if you genuinely didn’t feel the situation was significant you wouldn’t worry about it.
In the intellectual context, if your ideas and reasoning of the world is rigid you will get stuck when you encounter situations that fail to make sense for you.
Mindfulness, particularly the body-scanning methods popular among Vipassana retreats, are effectively, a way of reducing the emotional and intellectual excesses of meaning.
By repetitive attention something that would be processed at a level of meaning dissolves into parts that lack that meaning and you start experiencing something that seems to lack connection to the meanings you had previously.
However, this may be a consequence of the thorough de-meaning-ization of your regular experience.
More meaning tends to be better. A complete absence of meaning usually feels awful. Similarly, a lack of meaning in the conceptual sense is confusion and ignorance. We’d prefer to say what things mean and believe it, than to simply shrug our shoulders and say, “I don’t know."
How much we can change ourselves can be explored by looking at the extremes.
We live in neither of these realities. Obviously, we are not completely rigid nor entirely malleable. If our nature is fixed, self-discovery is essential. If our nature is malleable, self-improvement is needed.
The meaning of life generally means the relevance, significance or value of the same.
The quest for meaning is not a simple one, but a rabbit’s hole of further queries, making the concept of ‘meaning’ confusing even for positive psychologists.
The standard advice provided by a lot of people is to "meditate" when experiencing intense feelings such as rage or sadness. It does work, however, a study suggests that too much meditation can do more harm than good, such as:
There is a threshold when it comes to meditating and we should not cross the boundary to avoid further injuries to ourselves.
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