Bugs’s Excellent Adventure: Intro

Plot Map:  It is November 6th.  The door is left open; Bugs strolls out.  He freaks, bolts under the house.  Teresa is called.  Four hours later, she persuades him out by dint of patience, plus a plate of odoriferous fresh mackerel donated by a kindly neighbor.  Anita has a nervous breakdown.  Gets over it.  Life returns to “normal.”

Summary and Analysis:  Anita adds suffering to pain, by imposing her “internalized rejecting object” (last post) all over the place.  She learns, however, that an important distinction is to be made between pain and suffering.  Pain is a mandatory dish on the menu of life.  Suffering is an optional condiment.  Suffering adds spice and drama to pain’s meat and potatoes – but it ultimately causes heartburn.  Anita realizes this, becomes a happier person, throws away the antacids.  Bugs watches, wonders what gives with his human.  Anita and Bugs, together at last, proceed to next excellent adventure.

The essence of the thing, in forty words or less, is that by comparison with Bugs just as he is, I could really, finally see, with unaccustomed clarity, that I was no longer willing to swallow whole hog my inner negative certainty.

Review:  Remember the M&V Love Test (previous post)?
The goal of that Test being:
To transform indifference and negation.

And toward that goal, the process being two-fold:
(1)  To adopt an attitude of permanent vigilance against the temptation of certainty
(2)  In order to understand and accept self and others in their differences.

And my particular temptation of certainty being:
My internalized rejecting object.  The one that goes:  I’m no damn good, you’re no damn good, you were no damn good first.


About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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4 Responses to Bugs’s Excellent Adventure: Intro

  1. typist for JhaJha, the Petite Panther says:

    Right on!

  2. Pingback: Projection, Introjection, Round & Round We Go | catself

  3. lahgitana says:

    Yes! That’s it! The pain is the innate response; the suffering is the self-talk, the repeated **massaging** of the sad/bad/horrible memories, the keeping alive, or so we think, the pain in fear of forgetting. The pain has its own life and doesn’t need any damn help from us. Just sayin’!

    We’re an odd species. I hope I live long enough for some brain researcher to splain us to my satisfaction! Holy crap! Thanks for the brain power. But, uh, did we really NEED all that stuff??!!

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