SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the author's observation that awareness of the objective challenge and the subjective reactions and the causes of these reactions results in freedom, even if we are unable to renounce or prevent the reactions? Can you share a personal story of a time you experienced silence in action? What practice helps you bring meditation to a vast field of consciousness?
A summary from the circle of sharing of 3 of us is as follows:
What the author seems to be talking about is having the mindfulness of a third person view in your daily life. And to be mindful to control to your actions instead of just being reactive. This also reminds me of the Buddha - How to Get Clear Water story:
What the author refers to; I notice in moments when I see and hear myself in interaction with others without judgment or comparison of the inner voices within me. Without feeling the need to push or pull or change the situation/interaction in a given direction. I just observe all reactions, with me being able to stay calm, not identified with the situation. It is amazing how much limiting beliefs, assumptions and other thoughts have shown themselves. It made me so much more aware of the twists and turns of my inner voices of fear, judgment, anger. Thank you for sharing your article. With kind regards, Barbara Keller
I love the link between meditation and freedom - indeed, ever-present watchful awareness seems to be a pathway to having atleast some degree of choice in our reactions and responses.
For me, meditation from sitting to carrying it with me through the day has been a practice....it leads to some pauses and silences at times that others may wonder about, but it is typically me checking in with my body, breath and location of where I really am in the moment.....
Easier said then done of course, but actions springing from inner states, and meditation / awareness as a way of cleansing that inner state means that access to the way I act lies in the space of awareness
The awareness of which the author writes I think of as mindfulness. For me, mindfulness is a detached observance of feelings and actions as they are occurring while I am involved in a situation. Mindfulness is a kind of being in the world but not of it. I think of meditation as my stopping or at least slowing down my mental activity by being silently aware of my internal experience in the moment as it/I am happening, holding on to nothing. I think of meditation as silent internal awareness, and mindfulness as silent observing of my external behavior. Both ultimately result in more freedom. For me, in awareness or mindfulness I am observing my behavior and reactions, and my being detached gives me the freedom to make choices about if and how I will behavior including if and how I express my internal reaction. A personal example is when I have felt angry, in being aware or mindful of that reaction I can choose to not express it in any conscious way. Meditation has helped me be less angry and more compassionate overall. The practice of meditation has helped me bring mindfulness to the vast field of consciousness. (I assume you mean "field of consciousness" and not "fiend of consciousness," which is an interesting slip.[Hide Full Comment]