All is meaningless

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Nothing has meaning except the one we choose to give.

All is perception, all is reaction.

Everything is just the way it is

We are the ones putting a meaning on it

Either good or bad

It is neither really

But it takes on the definition we chose to put on it

And according to that definition, we are going to respond a certain way

Which is going to make us feel happy or not

The situation itself doesn`t create happiness or unhappiness,

Our reaction to it does.

We need to remember that

If we react negatively to a situation, we always have the power to change it.

We can’t change the situation, but we can change our reaction to it.

Choose a meaning that serves you.

Discard everything else.

30 thoughts on “All is meaningless

  1. If i can change my perception (my own subjective view of objective information from my senses) my attitude may change, and with a better attitude comes better behaviour. But perception is just information with my own biases adding my view to it. Personalising it. But meditation helps to calm my biases

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  3. Perception is key to whether or not we live in fear or love. When you see a dandelion ready to seed, do you perceive a weed or a wish? We all need these reminders to see the beauty in everything around us. Thank you for the reminder and for visiting Tovarysh. Namaste.

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  5. Hi Karen,
    Thanks for this wonderful post! I don’t know if you listen to any channeled beings, but the entity Bashar often talks of how life is meaningless, until we apply meaning to it. Your post very poetically discusses this point. knowing this gives us the option to step back and think before we judge something or assign meaning to it. Life is truly whatever we want it to be! Thanks:)

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  6. Hello there Karen,
    Thanks for stopping by and say Hi via my blog a day or so ago.

    You write with beautiful clarity, even better than many mystics of centuries gone by.

    The words ‘Choose a meaning that serves you. Discard everything else,’ seem individualistic in nature. Was that an intent behind them?

    From a different perspective, we could say that meaning can also be socially constructed when two or more people talk (in addition to being constructed in our own ‘individual’ minds). People (usually and not always) talk about what they value (what is important to them). Therefore, as a person, if I observe an event and choose a meaning about it that serves me, I choose it because it is associated with what is important about that event to me.

    If I fail to communicate the meaning that I have constructed (in my individual mind) to another person, then perhaps I am setting myself up for reacting when that person does something that – unknowingly to them at the time – traverses my values.

    However, if I had communicated my values and (individual) meaning to that person in a discussion, and – if appropriate – allowed my values to be gently molded as a result of our interaction together, then my values and meaning become shared meaning and shared valued. The other person may – and not necessarily always – take on a meaning that was originally mine, and perhaps also co-create a meaning that serves us (and not just me).

    What comes to you Karen as you read this :o)


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    • Hi James, thank you for liking my writing and thank you for your input. I hope i understood well what you meant. I think you right saying that that a shared meaning could be more beneficial to a group situation. Yet meanings are individual perspectives and i don`t think we can impose a meaning on someone else, often it doesnt really work. But discussing which meaning we each perceive, with our beliefs listened to and accepted by others even if they are not shared, could be enough 🙂


  7. Yes I learned about this in one of my psychology classes for my Masters in Marriage and Family and in outpatient group therapy for depression. What you are talking about is the basis for cognitive behavioral therapy. Dr. Aaron Beck of Beck’s Depression Inventory is the father of this school of thought and he is still going strong at 90.

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