How Aware Are You of Your Ability to Choose?
This episode is about thoughts, sounds, consciousness and how these things influence our ability to choose.
Show Notes from DavoShow032
- Viktor Frankl wrote about in Man’s Search for Meaning that Nazi concentration camps were much harder for some folks than others.
- I briefly mention what my tinnitus hearing problem has taught me about my perception of reality. (More on that later.)
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- Connecting with Nature and the Outdoors
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- Quick Experiments in Thought and Sound
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[0:13] Hey folks, it’s Dave, in the backyard again.
You’re listening to an airplane, a water feature, cars on the parkway, dogs panting heavily.
Well, maybe not so heavily now. Are you going to pant? (talking to dogs…)
Huh? There we go. (Panting…) And a new sound which I’m sure will come up during this course, short conversation.
A barking neighbor’s dog. That’s a brand new sound because the neighbors just moved in today.
We heard a lot of barking today, which is good.
It’s a challenge, because I like the quiet. In fact, I usually turn off the water fountain.
Some other sounds are harder to turn off. But that gets me to my topic, the brain and what we hear.
[1:30] For example, I have a constant ringing in my ear that you can’t hear. Look at you’re glad about that.
It’s called tinnitus, and it never completely goes away, but you know what?
99% of my day I don’t notice it, which I am so grateful for that.
It really doesn’t exist in the real world.
Except of course, it exists in my brain. And And thankfully, my attitude towards it is pretty. I don’t know, easy, we’ll say, because I just ignore it.
[2:08] I don’t think about it. It’s only when I think about it that I hear it, which is a lesson in consciousness.
What is consciousness?
[2:24] Well, it’s our ability to see, although it’s not really seeing, but it’s our ability to see ourselves think.
It’s our ability to notice ourselves noticing.
So that’s a good thing to realize that you have because it can be really helpful if you are experiencing something difficult like tinnitus.
I know for some people is extremely difficult.
Having a jet flyover during your podcast episode could be extremely difficult for some.
But I’m choosing consciously with my, consciousness, not to let it bother me because I know you can probably still hear my voice and you can hear the jet and maybe you’ll hear the dog barking soon.
Hopefully you’re seeing my point. We have these things that happen in our lives that we may not like, but so often that not liking is a, perception that we can have a choice about.
Now, not always. I know that’s… I, can’t flatly, blankly, totally, always say that. Some things are just gonna be tough no matter what
[3:48] But, other things, particularly thoughts, those are something we have a choice about, which reminds me….
Every time I think of this, I think about Viktor Frankl and his amazing experience that he wrote about in a book.
[4:14] That I’m blanking on the name. This is not scripted, folks, as you might tell.
I’ll think think of it in a second, it’s Man’s Search for Meaning. See, there it was.
In Man’s Search for Meaning, he journals his experience, (not journals, but writes) about his experience of being in one of the worst situations that we can imagine, which is a Nazi Holocaust camp where he has lost most of his family, including his wife.
He doesn’t know where she is. He believes she’s probably been killed like so many people he knows and loved.
But, as an observer of life, a scientist, an early psychologist, he was able to come out of that experience observing that some people did better than others.
The ones that tended to do better were able to make a choice and see that they have a choice as how they perceive, situation and that’s everything.
How we perceive, how we choose, how we just choose to experience the world.
You do have a choice.
If you’re gonna take anything away from this rambling few moments in my backyard with me.
[5:44] Know that you have a choice and build on that.
– A choice to live your life differently.
– A choice to accept some of the hard things.
– A choice to know that you don’t have to be defined by your difficulties.
[6:04] So I will leave you with that choice. And I hope you choose to stay tuned to this channel.
[6:12] Be in touch with me if that is something that you feel compelled to do to reach out to engage with some ideas because that’s what I’m trying to do here folks with the Davo show which.
[6:24] By the way will be migrating into the David Bourne Show, the David Bourne podcast
I’m not sure how that’s going to happen yet but it will somehow once I get back from my trip that I’m gonna be taking this summer.
I’m gonna peek into the the hood of how all these things work and figure out how to reboot that podcast and get some of this Davo Show energy into the David Bourne podcast.
So, hope you’ll pay attention and hope you’ll reach out and know that you have a choice.
Until then, see you out there. Cheers.