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Balancing Attention: The Dynamics of Sitting

Balancing Attention: The Dynamics of Sitting
With Chris Moffett

Fridays, 12:30-1:30
October 21 - November 18th
543 Grace Dodge Hall 

One of the supreme ironies of meditation is that something as simple as sitting can be so challenging. Faced with discomfort or pain, we do the best we can, perhaps invoking mind over matter. But behind the esoteric paradox that the path to enlightenment should itself be enlightened, is a practical hint: attending to our sitting as itself a subtle and exploratory practice, we can find ease and dynamism.

“These forms are not a means of obtaining the right state of mind. To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. When you have this posture, you have the right state of mind.” —Suzuki Roshi

In this five week series, based on the Feldenkrais Method of movement education, we will bring our attention to the experiences and sensations of sitting well. For experienced meditators this is an opportunity to deepen your practice, and address habitual discomforts. For those new to meditation, this is a beautiful way to enter into a practice, guiding your attention to effortless balance.

Wear loose, comfortable clothes. Some mats are available, but if you have a yoga mat, or similar, you may also bring your own, as well as any meditation seating.

Chris Moffett is a Philosopher of Education, and a Feldenkrais Practitioner exploring the relationship between movement and aesthetic practices.,