Dale S. Wright

‘The meditative cultivation of mindfulness opens us to see situations in a way that is attentive to the sensitivities and needs of everyone involved. It instills a perceptual capacity that most people lack, the ability to perceive nuances in everyday life that signify something important but that typically elude our attention. In this sense, meditation opens a space of receptivity within that attunes our minds to what is going on right now all around us. Occasionally, and painfully, it shows us the harm that we have been causing but could not see. As meditation proceeds, it awakens us to have opportunities for sensitive and just treatment of others that were previously closed to our attention. In the meditative space of “no-self,” we become capable of “disinterested” action, that is, action that is not predicated primarily on what is good for us. This is a condition of moral freedom from our own tendenceis to become bound up within ourselves, inattentive to the world of others around us.’ (The Six Perfections)

I find a kinship between this and the recent Jenny Odell post.

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