Principle 7 Immediate Action 3 – 2022

Sometimes meditation requires you sit down and close your eyes — but that’s less than half the story. 
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Principle 7. Immediate Action. Third Week
If you pursue an end you enchain yourself. If everything you do is realized as an end in itself you liberate yourself.
Last time:  Enchainment, Liberation, Four Principles 
This Time: Equilibrium
Perhaps after meditating on this principle in general you can provide us with a new version that illustrates at least some aspect of it. Perhaps you can also give it a name that captures something of its focus. Or how about an illustrative very short story, saying, image, or joke.
This Week:
Previously we concentrated on the general structure and scope of this principle. We then turned to how we applied, or could have applied, this principle in the past. This week we consider its present applications.
General Considerations and Personal Reflections:
Here are some personal reflections. I offer them in the spirit of dialogue and exchange, and look forward to hearing your thoughts about, and experiences with, this principle.
Attention! Attention!
In our last meeting someone brought up the relation between this principle and attention (what is now popularly referred to as mindfulness), or “being in theme” (being present), i.e. if you are walking, walk. If you are laughing laugh. If you are eating eat, and so on. As a slightly irreverent version has it: 
‘never whistle while you are pissing (just piss)”.
There are other principles that first come to my mind when I think of balance, or equilibrium. But in thinking about the aspect of this principle that has to do with “being in ones’ centre”, that is neither self-absorbed, and lost in the contents of my head, nor lost in the objects and my activities in the world, I realized how “attention” and equilibrium could be two ways of looking at the same thing.
This becomes clearer when I try to pay attention. “Try” being the operative word. If you’ve done this experiment (of trying to simply pay attention) than I suppose that, like me, you quickly discovered that normally you don’t pay attention. Worse than that, if you are honest and persistent, you may have found —like I did— that you can’t! At least not for more than moments, and it takes a very long time and very consistent work to get any better at it. On the other hand, with some careful and sustained work we can manage to gain clear registers of  these varied but persistent states of inattention. 
One might object: of course, I pay attention! How else could I do my job, or even cross a busy street. But in those situations I pay attention automatically (and still only briefly). It’s as if the attention is called out of me by the stimuli. It’s a very different proposition than when I try to reverse all that, i.e. rather than the stimuli reaching me, I want to go out toward the stimuli. Not because these demand my attention but because I wish simply to be attentive — to be present if you prefer. 
Personally, I prefer, following Silo to speak of “being in my centre” i.e. neither lost in myself or in the world. It avoids certain unfortunate associations with the the term attention (more about that another time).
Sleep and Awakening.
I think that it’s only with such attempts and then only gradually that this idea expressed in Chapter 6 of the Inner Look really starts to make sense: “Only rarely do I perceive reality in a new way, and it is then that I realize that what I normally see resembles sleep or semi-sleep”.
That verse concludes: “There is a real way of being awake, and it has led me to meditate profoundly on all that has been said so far. It has, moreover, opened the door for me to discover the meaning go all that exists.”
But this objectification of others necessarily dehumanizes me as well, and so I justify this situation by claiming that it is the consequence of “Passion,” “God,” “A Cause,” “Natural Inequity,” “Fate,” “Society,” and so forth. 
Silo— The Human Landscape
Worth Repeating:
The Principle of Immediate Action reminds us that we should learn to benefit from all the intermediate steps or situations that lead to our goals. 
Coming Up:
Next week we’ll continue with principle 7 but we will focus our reflections on our present moment. We will try to find examples that illuminate how the principle impact the situations we are living through.
These notes have been posted on Facebook and sent to our email list, and, on my website 
Stay Tuned.
Coming Up:
Next week we’ll continue with principle 7 but we will focus our reflections on the future. We will try to find examples that illuminate how the principle might apply to our future situations. 
Sometimes meditation requires you sit down and close your eyes — but that’s less than half the story. 
These principles are proposed as elements that can be molded into a discipline that can be practiced at every moment, and in every circumstance. With time and application, these efforts give all my activities a particular tone, mood, and mental direction, forming a coherent way of living.
Worth Repeating:
Even where I think it’s not possible or appropriate to enjoy the steps toward my goals I can, nonetheless, attend to each step and carry them out with all the care I can muster. 
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