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Lecture 10

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Department
Psychology
Course
PSY336H1
Professor
Dan Dolderman
Semester
Summer

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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 rd >3 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 -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  Meditating is to study the self  Meditation when you are happy -Kind of like having a first date of yourself -being the best you can be -if you study during those times, you won’t learn anything at all  You should meditate during stressful times when you can unleash the inner monsters  Negative thoughts, right down to shame  Meditation takes you on through the wall (towards the negative thoughts) and makes you deal with it  Self-profound thoughts, profound epiphany  Sometimes people hallucinate  Feelings of extremely tenderness towards yourself  Recreating the pleasure  Being present of what you actually are at that moment  You don’t have to be catastrophically moved by something negative  Over time as your thoughts are allowed to come and go, your mind starts to become quieter -you start to experience more and more stillness  Touching stillness is equivalent to having a canoe ride at 5am in the morning -complete stillness -the chaotic topsy turvyness of the surface vs the calmness of the depth (under water) -even in the midst of chaos is still -you still have to struggle but it is not as stressful  The power of meditation -one system affecting another system  Parenting (dad) -the child only gets reactions for good actions -there are no reactions for bad actions (only punishment)  Mom -reacts to ever
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