HSRT MINI-LECTURES

THE MINDFULL JOURNEY

 

1.    Siddhartha: experience of impermanence leads to awakening

a.    Leave your routines, familiar environment, linguistic world

                                                                                           i.     Susceptible to the unexpected, frustration of plans, powerfully stimulating flow of newness, own discomfort but also exposure to human suffering.

b.    Less control – people don’t take trips, trips take people (Steinbeck)

c.    The constant flux of travel

2.    Mindfulness and creative dislocation:

a.    As was the case for the Buddha, mindfulness and expanded awareness – of the world and of yourself – can issue from leaving the familiar and from accepting and flowing with things.

b.    Creative dislocation entails an inner journey and an outer journey

c.    How to enhance both:  Calm the mind by controlling the senses, listen to your body, mind, allow whatever emerges to do just that.

d.    Two essential practices:

                                                                                           i.     Yoga

                                                                                         ii.     Journaling

3.    Siva Nataraja – motion and equipoise.  (see the image)


QUESTIONS

Questions:

1.    Explain the idea of a mindful journey.

2.    In the life of Siddartha (who eventually became the Buddha), experiences of impermanence (flow, change, unpredictability) was directly related to awakening.  In this respect, how might the journey that you are about to undertake compare to Siddhartha’s experience?

3.    How do yoga and journaling enhance mindfulness?

4.    Describe the ways in which the Siva Nataraja image can symbolize a mindful journey.