Awareness Exercise

Wisdom is not just about the mind. It is also a question of being: or rather the state of one’s being. Sometimes life can seem shallow, the mind continuously darting around on the surface without much experience of real depth. The experience of depth paves the way for greater wisdom clarity and understanding.

In order to bring about a greater depth of experience it is necessary to gain the ability to become truly still. This is not just stillness at the physical level but crucially stillness of the mental and emotional activity.

During the 10-week introductory Philosophy course this practice is developed, deepening the experience of stillness through connection with the senses.  In addition to providing moments of inner peace, the exercise also sharpens our attention, enabling us to observe both our own inner world of mind, and the world around us, more clearly.  What we observe provides some of the raw material for informing our philosophical studies.

thought for the week

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.  

Thich Nhat Hanh   (1926 – )  

Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk