True listening both nurtures and expresses evolving consciousness. This talk explores our ego-based conditioning to have an agenda or defendedness that prevents deep listening, and the strategies that evolve our capacity to listen fully to ourselves and others. When our listening is openhearted and full, it enables deep understanding and connectedness, and provides a transformative healing space for those who receive our listening attention.
After a review of the nature of the judgmental mind and how to practice with it, we consider how the perspective of neuroscience can inform our practice of transforming the judgmental mind, both those judgments that are more personal and those that are more social in origin.
This daylong includes general talks on the theme of cultivating equanimity into your dharma practice. In addition to the talks and discussion, I offer the following practices with instructions that can be used to incline the mind toward equanimity (edited to remove lengthy periods of silence during the guided meditations):
Practice #1 - Seeing things as they are
Practice #2 - Looking through the lens of impermanence
Practice #3 - Looking through the lens of vedana
(feeling tone; 2nd foundation of mindfulness)
Practice #4 - Equanimity with Big Mind meditation
Practice #5 - Equanimty using traditional Brahma Viharas phrases
Dedicated to the inquiry into notions that embed the practice of mind-ful-ness — the concepts and metaphors of awareness, attention, nowness, concentration will be examined. A number of exercises help to re-contextualise mindfulness in practical ways in the light of early Buddhist psychology and contemporary approaches to meditation.