Mar 10, 2013 · 3:15 PM
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Many of us raised with or even tangentially exposed to Christian and Buddhist concepts of prayer and meditation would have you believe that contemplation only occurs with eyes closed, sitting or kneeling in place. Yoga, Native American ritual, and some schools of Buddhism developed the idea of a moving meditation, but the movements are usually choreographed and improvisation is discouraged.
Taoism, of course, has some schools that copied Buddhism and have rituals with prostrations and/or silent, sitting meditation, but the philosophical school of Taoism eschews ritual and attempts to bring mindfulness to everyday actions, like grocery shopping, riding the subway, waiting at a crosswalk, paying bills, or just looking up at the moon. Philosophical Taoists look at each of these ordinary events as an opportunity to meditate. The first two I developed were a dishwashing meditation and a red-light meditation, and Thich Nhat Hahn taught a phone-answering meditation I have yet to master.
So in this 90 minutes, we will discuss how to make everyday actions into meditations. Questions are welcomed, and you may wear whatever clothing you prefer. This is a repeat of the event from February 24.