attentioN & awarenesS
The key to meditation, mindfulness, and joy is learning to balance two distinct modes of mind: laser-like attention and all-encompassing awareness.
First, we need to appreciate that these are two distinct modes of knowing and interacting with the world. Each feels subjectively different. And in fact, each employs two different neural networks.
Let’s take a look!
IS LIKE A FOCUSED HAWK
SEES A SINGLE OBJECT
MORE PROCESSED, MORE CONCEPTUAL
EXPLICIT, HAS LANGUAGE
MORE SELF-CENTERED, SUBJECT-OBJECT
RESPONDS TO CONSCIOUS DIRECTION
IS LIKE A WIDE-OPEN FIELD
SEES THE WHOLE
MORE RAW, LESS CONCEPTUAL
IMPLICIT, IN-YOUR-BONES KNOWING
MORE OBJECTIVE, NON-DUAL
NO CONTROLLING WHAT ARISES