Sudden Insight | Art and Zen Today
Tina Miller, MA,CFLE stashed this in creativity
Zazen = Zen meditation:
Langer says that mindfulness is “simply the process of noticing new things“
In Zazen, the student practices noticing whatever is happening internally or externally moment by moment which seems to be the essence of mindfulness.
According to Langer, when we are mindful we are not self-conscious.
By learning to “let go” of the thoughts that reinforce self-consciousness the Zen meditator is learning the basics of mindfulness.
Most of the thoughts we experience during Zazen entail the kinds of comparisons with others and the self-evaluations that Langer says block us from Mindfulness and true creativity (to be looked at further in later posts).
To the extent that we can learn to “be still” and fully experience a wider range of situations, activities and people, we chip away at the narrow egocentric viewpoints that keep us feeling separated and unengaged from life.
Yes, thanks. My favorite part of this article is when the author gives an overview of what Langer's notion what Mindfulness is and how it affects our everyday lives and experience.
I forget that part. Will have to go back and re-read it.
Such an important skill--so easy and so difficult at the same time, which, I guess, all Zen is...
The Zen approach to it may be difficult, but Langer describes her mindfulness approach as both easy and enjoyable. I think it's something that many people may not be in the habit of doing-- perhaps that's the "hard" part.
Building the habit is definitely not easy. But that's true for many habits.
There has to be incentive to be mindful or practice zazen or it's a habit that can't stick--the mind clutters too easily, I think. When I studied Japanese sword, the incentive was to avoid pain--losing decluttered awareness or centering didn't feel too good (picture: getting bashed, smashed, thrown). When practicing alone, zazen became a state of heightened awareness... just be.
I like the part of this article that showed the analysis of differences producing more of a liking. It's the way I expanded my own musical interests--noticing the similarities between Celtic, nautical, country; jazz, R&B, hip hop... it's a great way to think.