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Lecture 10

PSY336H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Wu Wei, Tao Te Ching, Internal Monologue


Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSY336H1
Professor
Dan Dolderman
Lecture
10

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PSY336
Do you have the patience to wait till the mind settles and the water is clear? Can you remain
unmoving till the right action arises by itself? Tao Te Ching
Meditation
it’s a very good idea to have a teacher
-to learn the correct positioning
-feedback
pitfalls
ideally there should be a ritual
aspects of the ritual
-happens at the same time of the day (place dependent learning)
-same time, same place
-good but not necessary, better to meditate at different times than not at all
-stepping out of the way the mind usually operates/works
-being in the meditation space and not interacting with others
-monks (from zen monastaries): having a bell ring 3 times
-makes a transition
>3rd bell: the official start
-very very precise attention
-these all help to form a stability of the mind
ritual posture we develop in meditation
-formal meditation adopts a specific posture
-postures are designed to give you balance ->efficient sitting positions
-typical sitting position
-sitting cross-legged, butt elevated a bit to bring balance (changed your whole centre of gravity,
brings it to the centre)
the practice of meditation embodies the process of the mind
-posture is very balanced
-self supporting
-not leaning on anything (on a chair, leader, person etc.)
-not trying to be anything, but what you already are
formal posture
-dignified posture
-straight, balanced
-practically practicing to be a dignified person
one of the qualities you are trying to… is stillness
thumbs
meditation

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-means to paying attention
>trying to achieve a certain mindset
>the mind is always racing, the mind will never shut up/become still
>Farme: I am going to continually rewind my attention back to the breadth /breath
>meditaion is a process of constant failure
Stop -> observe -> return
Noticing /monitoring ->mindfulness -> return
The practice of continually letting go and returning
Meditation is a practice, not an idea
Obstacle thoughts
-what am I doing?
-why am I wasting my time?
-should I take a class?
-there’s a fly flying around, return, think about it, return to meditating again
>practicing the return, making a positive choice, many many times
Duck + 2 monks story
-better to say nothing at all
-lost opportunity
-once the duck has passed, the experience cannot be lived again
-low quality verbal recollection, rubbing salt to the wound, adding negativity to the experience
-so the monk decides not to have a conversation about a duck that does not exist anymore
-the other monk also has to let go of his need to know
-if they both let go of their needs
-once the duck has flown by, you have to let go, it is gone
-when the duck is flying by, the monk pays attention to it
>there is nothing wrong with taking in the positive things that come by
Mindfulness is about attunement
You have to be attuned to the present moment
Ancient Chinese story/ Confucius
-woman on the other side of the puddle
-so she is angry
-older monk picks her up an puts her on the
-younger monk angry, and asks about then after a few hours
-I set that woman down several hours ago, why are you still carrying it?
-internal monologue, shame
Philosophically knowing that I should let go vs actually letting go
-Meditation is the process of constantly letting go
Between inhalation and exhalation, there is a precise moment of turning back
-counting
>Gives a little more structure
>until the mind stabilize
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