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Based on a lively workshop with fellow scientists, this book shows how the pragmatic and scientifically-inclined among us can bring mindfulness into. About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information.
October Mantra chanting can be done either loudly or silently in mind. Rich with lucid instructions and practical insights, Mind Science dispels the metaphysical haze that all too often surrounds the subject of meditation. The forty concentrative meditation subjects refer to Visuddhimagga 's oft-referenced enumeration. In this course, I outline some of the very basic training I received from my guru when I lived in his monastery as a monk. Popup Subscribe If you are human, leave this field blank. Update Location.
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Customer Reviews. Write a review. See any care plans, options and policies that may be associated with this product. He says that in order to scientifically approach your consciousness, you first need to perform data collection on yourself.
Observing your mind is the way that you "collect" this data. The trouble is that, our minds are always spinning, lost in illusion, the past, or the future. So, Tart gives the reader meditative practices to first, focus the concentration, then create a "blank space" using a vipassana type meditation so that you can observe and then create a hypothesis about your own consciousness.
Test your hypothesis, observe, create hypothesis, and then test again. In this manner, Tart believes that the Western world can begin to develop a consciousness knowledge base and practices that are geared for our culture. It is certainly an interesting premise. Alexander based his meditations on his own near death experiences. I think that they are both practicing the methods of consciousness development that Tart is putting forth in this book.
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He begins with concentrative meditation to calm your mind, asking you to focus on your breathing. If you are like most of us, you will be surprised at how busy and chaotic your mind is and how easily you are pulled away from your target.
By liberating you from your preoccupations, concentrative meditation prepares you for "opening up" vipassana meditation, which awakens you to the various sensations that your body offers you. Tart believes that therein lies a field of consciousness ripe for scientific research.
He also notes that the resulting calm has a uniquely satisfying quality that will probably find you wanting more.
At this point in the book, you have experienced the benefits of meditation by temporarily withdrawing from ordinary activity to be quietly with yourself. Must you then make a forced choice between experiencing the satisfactions of meditation and enjoying the usefulness and excitement of everyday activity? In self-remembering, you split your consciousness to include both your ordinary activity and the sensations of your body, thereby allowing yourself to conduct your everyday affairs without being overly invested in them.
Tart has you focus on the sensations in your arms and legs, since he believes that the feelings in your torso are often associated with past psychological trauma. However, ignoring past trauma creates a problem for the intrinsic dynamics of meditation and for self-remembering.
Whereas meditation is a means of awakening to what is and accepting what is not, unresolved trauma is repressing what is past and not accepting what is. Meditation therefore tends toward addressing past trauma. Furthermore, let me suggest that somatic feelings embody your attitude of clinging or non-clinging to your personal reality.
The need for splitting your focus to include both your activity and your feelings is necessary only to the degree that clinging has interfered with the natural flow of feeling, which inherently enlivens every conscious act.