Practicing from the Heart in the age of Technology - All articles and poems are by Reza Ghadimi, unless otherwise noted.
Special, from the book Practicing from the Heart in the age of Technology on the occasion of March 14, International PI Day.
March 14 is International Pi day. No, not pie day, rather Pi day. The mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, approximated as 3.1415926535….. Thus, the fourteenth day of the third month of the year (3.14) is celebrated as Pi day by mathematicians.
The decimal number goes on forever. Contained within its string of decimals is every number pertaining to man’s life, history, nature and cosmos. And if the decimals are converted into letters, you will find every word that ever existed, spoken and written. All the infinite possibilities of words rest within this one simple circle.
In our bodies, too, the ratio of our consciousness or psyche to our physical being could be said to have infinite possibilities. Our body goes where the mind tells it. Our mind works by the demands of our soul/consciousness/intellect/psyche – or whatever we want to call it. Our actions are dictated by our desires, wishes and wants which in turn are based on our intellect, education, experience, and wisdom. The more of these combinations we use, the better will be the outcome of our deeds. The possibilities of our actions are infinite. The choices we make may depend on the advice of others, on our teaching, or on a variety of outside influences. But the end result is where we end up in our lives and what we have to live with. Limited knowledge leads to limited and fewer choices and actions, wiser decisions produce healthier and happier outcomes. There are many options to the constant of man’s need, and our technology could help those options. Indeed, it is a wonderful time of history we live in and if prudent decisions are made, a bright future will surely be ours.