Monkey Mind vs. Mindfulness

February 12, 2010

February 12, 2010


Today in REL 108 we discussed silence as a religious discipline. This stood in sharp contrast to our most recent exploration of the ways language serves as a mediator of "the sacred" in various religious traditions. The more we talked in class (no pun intended) the more we seemed to zero in on the focusing power of both language and silence. It seemed that both religious language and silence have the ability to concentrate or still the mind for the possibility of a hierophany.

Some Christians talk of being quiet in an effort to hear the still, soft voice of God. In a somewhat similar light, Buddhists often refer to engaging in mindfulness for the purpose of calming the "monkey mind" (i.e. the mind that seems to jump from one task to the next, one thought to another, without ever really settling or focusing). Perhaps yesterday's post on the blog One City, titled "Multitasking is Not Your Friend" speaks to you.

I too can't help but think of the Cat in Hat "holding a cup and milk and a cake, and holding up books and a fish on a rake." (Well observed Jon Rubinstein)

Here's to a brief moment of silence in your day.

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