Saturday, May 15, 2010

Buddhism and Two Poles

The reason this blog is called "View From Two Poles" is because I have bipolar disorder. So I see things from the high of (hypo)mania and the low of deep depression.
Perhaps this is the reason I am attracted to Buddhist thought.
Buddhism describes the ideal way of thought as the middle path. The middle path is neutral, unbiased(see below for reference link).
I am alternately irritable and pessimistic or overly bright. The middle ground does not come naturally to me.
I must school myself into right thinking by applying the principles of Buddhism. I must avoid extremes. As exhibited by my disorder, extremes are not good.
Eastern thought has much to recommend it, including the tools for a healthier way of thinking and being.

This article explains what I mention above, among other things.

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