Thinking

The yogic sciences doesn't value the human intellect.

Which is like sacrilege in a world that glorifies intellectual and academic pursuit.

But they have a point.

Intellectual refers to what can be found in a book; what can be memorised; and what, but rarely, can be derived from deep thought.

There's nothing wrong with that, per se. But they're void of something transformative that occurs when we embark into the process of yoga - experience.

What is learned from a book can only ever be experienced intellectually. What is learned during yoga can be experienced within every cell of the body. And those experiences cannot be fully explained via words. They must be experienced first hand. So no book, no matter how fantastic, will give you 1% of an idea of what it's like to perceive the world around you, rather than to just understand it on the level of the intellect.

This is a relief. I'm a chronic overthinker. Which has led to some interesting conversations but rarely anything of true value.

To realise that thinking is actually a base activity within humanity frees me up to experience all that life has to offer.

Which is why I've become more interested in fictional literature than scientific journaling.

I'll leave you with this.

In the age of AI, what will be the value of human thought when a machine can do it 1000x faster than any of us could ever dream?