metaphorge23 (metaphorge23) wrote,

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Walking Meditation I

On Sunday, I tried the exercise I described in my last post. I went for a walk around the block. While I was distracted at some moments, there were several times when I had distinct moments of "attention." I don't know if I made it clear in my last post regarding the state of perception which I defined as "Will" or if I was hazy in describing it. I wasn't discussing acts of "concentration" (which are imaginary and futile at best) but "meditation" (attention placed on an object or activity as-it-is). When I had these periods of non-verbal/non-semiotic attention, I could actually see things with a striking clarity (In General Semantics, this is referred to as an experience of the "Silent Level" of consciousness).

In particular, I passed by a tall cactus growing against a fence in front of someone's home. Even though there were small blooms on it my attention to the "plant-as-a-whole" was active and engaged. While I took in the detail of the tree, I did not try to catalog it or judge the "beauty" or "tree-ness" of it in a sort of "Zen/Being-One-With-Nature"-type of way. It was more than just a part of the environment of the neighborhood; it had a presence as a living thing--not just the categories of "Cactus" or "Plant." I was simply conscious of it as a seperate and distinct "being" rather than an object to admire or disdain. And all this without the help of drugs...

This reminded me, once I got back home, of how we "lump" people into categories out of shear laziness (and without a little ego-aggrandizement) when we could actually experince them as unique beings--which is far more fascinating and engaging. I was also reminded of two things which I read recently. One was a statement by Ouspensky that "evil" acts can never be conscious--that if one is truly aware of what one is doing and of the real and distinct and individual presence of one's self and others, then there is no room for malicious behavior (Which reminds me now about Crowley's statement that true will does not interfere with the Will of another). It is only in our blindness to others that we perform "evil" actions. This conclusion seems clearer to me now more than ever.

The other thing that I was reminded of was the skills that General Semantics (GS) provides in reinforcing this perspective. Indexing is one of them (distinguishing between, for example, Muslim 1 (Osama Bin Laden), Muslim 2 (Rumi), Muslim 3 (Malcolm X) as opposed to "Muslims are 'x', 'y' and/or 'z' ") and Dating (Bono [1983] isn't Bono [2010], for example) are just two ways that can help the semiotic, time-binding mind to incorporate a non-Aristotelian perspective into one's line of reasoning. While I am of the belief that acquisition of skills and behavior change does not constitute a change in Being ( a priori structures of the Mind), it is important to recognize these qualities of differnce in order to think and communicate more clearly about others and to understand the world in more non-absolutist terms.

Not bad for a walk around the block...
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