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The contemplative construction of reality

Published on May 18, 2017

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The contemplative construction of reality

The forgotten way

We are born to distraction

We learn to cultivate attention
Photo by Ian Sane

“ A major perspective in explaining how we perceive reality is the concept of the “social construction of reality” [it]privileges communication as the major channel for creating shared meaning.”
Mara Adelman

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When nightingales break the law

Silence and the construction of reality - Sandra Braman
Photo by Will Montague

"Communication becomes visible only against the field of silence [...] and the social construction of reality has a complement, the also necessary contemplative construction of reality."

"Finding ways to protect silence as an arena of personal and social choice is particularly poignant [...] at this frontier moment for the human species.”

Photo by Pirate Scott

Attention

as a political and moral act
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“The dialectical perspective is grounded in the notion that we need to examine contrary perspectives that [...] vacillate in nature. Like a tightrope, these “oppositions” are held in tension and only momentarily resolved.” Mara Abelman

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Is it good or bad?

Yes.

Contemplation Activism

  • Cultivating fluidity to see background and foreground beyond motivated reasoning
  • What is not being attended to?
  • See the world as it presents itself to the eye not just impose a shape on it
  • Mind chatter is the boundary of conscious and unconscious, we train the mind to access it in silence
  • Else, fast always wins.

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Mind chatter

our inner landfills?
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Dialectically, social and contemplative practices can oscillate, feeding into each other, as a cycle of activity and respite; a pulse for everyday life. Mara Adelman

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Contemplation Activism fights to maintain the human pulse of life

the social AND the contemplative
Photo by Leo Reynolds

Bring contemplation (back) to the fore

  • Know we embody the obsolete in mind chatter - train the mind
  • Protect silence as a personal and social choice - inconvenient choices
  • Anthropomorphising the clock, brings only temporary relief
  • Every decision excludes (or should) as much as it includes