Mindfulness- Meditation, This is a sense of being in the present moment. Within this lecture we got to meditate and understand how breathing patterns can bring us to the present moment.
The Awareness of breath- The mind is in the present, focusing on the breath of the present moment you don’t have to visualise an idea with the breath you feel neutral towards it you don’t have to think of a dream like state within this form of meditation. The natural breath is connected to the conscious mind as it can be controlled but it is also connected to the unconscious as it is a process which happens naturally.
The unconscious mind- The breath changes due to emotions we feel. When angry the breath changes length and depth and when calm you have much longer, deeper breaths. The breath is a way of connecting to our conscious mind.
Breath Meditation- Has been proven to help mental health as you don’t worry about the past or future you are only concentrating on the present moment and the breath you are having at the time.
Freud compared the mind to an iceberg. 5% is the conscious mind ( a very small percentage of brain activity) and 95% is the unconscious mind.
Mind driving- decisions can be influenced by the unconscious mind though we made the decision consciously.
What is Consciousness?- Everything in life has a level of consciousness e.g. bacteria- functions from the unconscious. In eastern culture everything has a consciousness. (function on sensation cell) Ants have a higher level of consciousness, moving up the scale, Functions of animals- most of them work from the unconsciousness however dogs and dolphins are said to hold a conscious mind.
A human being- Has a highly developed conscious mind.
Humanity- not being animistic, the ability to feel love, compassion all from the conscious. We have the conscious often we are driven more of survival instinct of the unconscious mind.
Eastern religion- In eastern religion evolution doesn’t stop at human beings. We are the top of the evolutionary scale we believe it stops at us. Within eastern religion evolutionary scale hasn’t stopped as humans can not see higher beings.
The reform period- 800-200 BCE- ” turning point between Vedic religion and Hindu religion. Consciousness is expanded the higher we climb on the scale. The higher the consciousness the happier the being is.Going up the evolutionary ladder the freedom and happiness becomes higher. We have this moral sense making us human. In the eastern culture the consciousness is within the heart and human qualities live within the consciousness.
Five Precepts of Dharma
- Ahimsa- abstain from killing, harming and abusing.
- Asteya- abstain from taking which doesn’t belong to us.
- Satya- to maintain purity of speech, abstain from lying.
- Branmacharya- abstain from sexual misconduct.
- Aparigraha- abstain from intoxication and addiction.
Five Aggregates (Pancha Kandhas)
Conscious mind- sensory imput and how we intake that information.
Subconscious mind- recognises a sense of association through memory.
Meditation is used to expand the consciousness as it is said that the more conscious you are the more happy you are. Meditation expands the humanistic qualities of a being creating them a happy and healthier lifestyle.
When depression or anger comes it is hard to feel empathy or love, through meditation it is the making of a better human being.
The speed of consciousness is faster than the speed of light.
In positive psychology flow, known as “the zone” is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus. Full involvement and enjoyment of the process is occurring.
Mindfulness- The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose. In the present moment,and non-judgmentally to the unfolding experience moment by moment.
All knowledge is accessible to the mind through meditation without the senses – Coorsicorry
The Enso is a state of nothingness and emptiness. It symbolises the universe and Mu (the void). This is a tactile gesture of painting of how the paint is moved. It represents what is outside and what is inside, making this shape is a form of meditation as you are fixed into the present moment.
We tried our own forms of Ensos clearing the mind of everything an making this gestural shape with the paintbrush, indian ink and paper.