A fellow Mac user commented thus after a complex series of issues with his system: Do you think that Mac's retard or hasten Alzheimer's?! ;-)
While a joke I felt to consider the mind, dementia and what may or may not affect our mental and total health.
I suspect exposure and ingestion of toxins, along with habits that do not
support the full health of the body.
But insofar as the effects of the mind's use may contribute to health, there
is a particular facet of stress that is like holding a bad posture all the
time in which Life cant flow, integrate, balance and basically receive and
release what it needs and does not need. Some kinds of apparent stress are
great - such as rising to a challenge that is exciting, or embracing a
situation that is uncertain or chaotic from a perspective of calm assurance.
But fearful overload seems to me to be a result of the idea that we are
alone, cut off, and have to manage all by our self. This correlates with the
little surface thinking personality mind - trying to manage its Universe,
which it is not designed nor intended to do. Life is a co-operative process.
Note that until the written word all cultures perpetuated themselves in
entirety via oral traditions and artefacts. It is fashionable for 'white
man-mind' to denigrate anything natural as invalid, subhuman and to be
enslaved or destroyed at will.
The Amerindians regarded it as a sickness of mind. So do I.
This sickness in heart and mind inevitably promotes disconnection and
self-destruction in a multitude of ways that seemed like a good idea at the
Technology is ultimately neutral - use it to free yourself from the mind of
stress or use it to validate your stress! It is a choice. But those who
design or distort the design of our technology can load the dice in their
favour so as to more readily fatten us for supper.
Underneath coping with life as a perpetual crisis management course is a
weariness if not exhaustion at a deeper level. One retreats step by step.
Some forms of dementia serve a deeper need than the personality can face.
The mind as well as the body can 'mutiny' to the imposition of an
Joy is that which aligns the will. If we choose a connected joy - we have to
find better ways of living than joyless servitude. It is a challenge to rise
Worry and fear tend to bring about the very thing they are supposed to be
protecting from. If we worry about dementia we are giving it attention -
like watering a seed. I've never had to deal with any moment but the one I
am in - but yes I can also suffer an imagination rather than employ one!
Whenever we pass through a difficulty - such as you have - there is a choice
as to whether to feel and acknowledge the blessings of support, guidance and
insight that have occurred as a result - or whether to paint the drama in
terms that perpetuate the essential framework whereby we suffer over and
over again. It is always choice - but we mostly do not realize we make it.
Crisis are opportunities to own more of our consciousness so as to choose
better - or more in alignment with what we truly are.
Sufficient unto the day be the evils thereof is a good reminder. There is
always a current moment going on somewhere in which to reconnect.
A disconnected humanity poisons its own environment and its own food supply,
its information and communication networks, biology, medicines, and
governance, simply by each part fighting to prevail over rather than
cooperate within the whole. The simple fact is that once one is is a
disconnected experience of life - there does not seem to be a whole - except
as a dry conceptual generalisation to put into formulas of empirical sums,
or as the attempt to appeal and manipulate the weak minded who need to
believe in magic.
If divide and rule brings affliction, why not unify and align?
But first the old choice or habit has to come up to be owned - and that is
what humanity generally and blindly battles against.
Yes I know you were joking. Making light of ourselves is essential for
health too ;-)