Dale S. Wright

‘At the first level of immediate experience, a meditative person is directly aware of the surrounding world. With a steady eye of observation, ears tuned to the immediate environment, and other senses in sharp focus, we can imagine a meditative mind attentive to the environment in ways that we are not. Such a person notices things and movements in the surrounding world that escapes our attention. Alert and foused, mindfulness and perceptivenes have become natural ways of being in the world.

Having come to embody the repercussions of meditation, the attentive person has learned to breathe deeply. Depth and steadiness of respiration arise out of a learned but now natural desire for the calming, clarifying effect of oxygen circulating through all the cells of the body. More oxygen wakes us up, brings energy, and makes us alert. Further, meditative capacity at this level of consciousness enhances mindfulness of the body. It makes us uncannily aware of the miracles of our physical existence, the smooth functioning of all bodily systems and the incredible coordination between them that gives us physical singularity and presence.

One dimension of this coordination is the ease with which emotions can be woven into the whole of direct awareness. A person fully experienced in the meditative arts can allow emotions to take their course without self-conscious fear of their impropriety. This is attributable not to their magical alignment but to the work that has been done at the reflective level on the integrity of character through various dimensions of ethical cultivation. On this basis, enjoyment takes a more central position among daily experiences. Finding joy in sights, sounds, and tastes, in plants, stones, and the sky, in buildings, events, and art, and in friends, neighbors, and communities becomes a daily possibility, something within that is no longer so dificult to access. This ease of enjoyment includes sense of humor, an artful taste for joyful hilarity, and the confidence to let oneself go into an unexpected burst of laughter.’ (The Six Perfections)

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