Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What is contemplative meditation?”
“Meditation that has as a point of focus an item you take for granted. Unlike regular meditation, it has a reflexive component.
Let’s take this pencil you’re writing with for example.
What is it?”
“It’s a tool that allows me to write down my thoughts and build upon them. I use it as a thinking tool.”
“We can think of technology as an extension of our capacities. The pencil is an extension of your mind.
In essence, reflection is a process of directing attention.
You can direct attention to simply having it. Imagine what it would be like if you didn’t have it.”
“I wouldn’t be able to play with ideas the way I love to. I find that imagining the opposite really helps me appreciate it.”
“This is a contrasting [<link; short read] effect.
You can direct attention to being able to use it. Think of your beautiful BodyMind. Think of the immense complexity of the operations mobilized at a cellular level in the simple act of writing.”
“It’s mind-boggling. This realization always makes me think of a miracle.”
“Miracle is the perfect word for describing it.
Expanding upon it, you can direct attention to interconnectedness. Remember the ‘I, Pencil’ video [<link]?”
“As you contemplate the pencil, think of the vast network of people involved in it reaching your hands. Another miracle.
Think that, if you zoom in [<link; medium read] far enough, the pencil is made of the same basic building blocks you – and everything else – are. Yet another miracle.
Interestingly, most miracles are invisible [<link; very short read] to the eye. You can only see them with the mind’s eye: Imagination.”
“So the purpose of the meditation is revealing the miracles that are hiding in plain sight?”
“You could say that.”