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Lecture 10

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

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Dan Dolderman

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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
it’s a very good idea to have a teacher
-to learn the correct positioning
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

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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
>Gives a little more structure
>until the mind stabilize
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