As a result both of my recent Three Brains Revisited sequence and partly as a result of being asked a few weeks ago about what my model of meditation is overall, I was moved to go back to my attempt of many years ago to create a set of experiences that captured what I thought I was seeking to do in periods of quiet reflection, contemplation or meditation (delete as appropriate!). I was surprised to find that not only did my explanation of what I thought I was doing hold up remarkably well to current inspection, but also the exercises I had devised to create the right experiences have also stood the test of time and I am still drawing on them even to this day in one form or another. So, it felt worthwhile to share at least a sample of what I worked on at that dim and distant time. So, here, is one of the exercises that I used to help the words of that explanation come alive. The explanation clarified that reflection as an individual is parallel to consultation as a group: both depend upon cultivating detachment. Part of the skill of consultation is to regard your thought as no longer your own once it has been shared with the group. The exercise below was intended as a way of practising the beginnings of this skill. It uses the same quotation as I shared yesterday to be used either for memorisation or for this process of consultative reflection.
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