What is everything?

//What is everything?

What is everything?

Everything is what we find when through meditation we find our way through the complex maze of impermanence and its manifestations. Everything is the entirety of all existing things and phenomena you can put into linguistic and mathematical words. ‘Everything’ can be conceptually grasped, explained and described through human language, including mathematical language. It includes energy and stuff, all things and objects in our lives, on our planet and in all possible universes, all energy movements, our own body, and every aspect of subjective experience, meaning thoughts, feelings, dreams, fantasies, memories, physical sensations and more.

There likely is a public and relatively objective world out there independent from the way we perceive it, even though we can only perceive it through our sense experiences. Of course, everything is interdependent from everything else, but within that acknowledged context there is also a world out there (the same world as the one in here) that unfolds independently from our perception of it. In meditation practice we learn to tune into our internal world of subjective experiences and explore how through it we relate to both ourselves and this independent external world. What interests us most is how we process sensory input into awareness that moves us towards action, and how we process action into awareness that affects sensory input this is how we construct our reality. To gain insight into this process of reality construction and its many distortions we routinely succumb to, and to modify our approach to life towards fewer distortions is the core work of meditation in its everything-oriented, manifestation-oriented form.

Under this category I will write about how we investigate the world of everything both through objective scientific investigation and subjective experiential inquiry. Given our focus on mindfulness meditation and mindsight, subjective inquiry will of course be at the centre of our work. In other words, under this heading I will write about how through attentional and awareness training we use our mind to explore the way we construct both a subjective and objective view of the world we are a part of. I will also explore the nature of these phenomena as they reveal themselves to the mindful eye. You will read about meditation techniques, ways of overcoming the inevitable hurdles we encounter on the mindful path and all kinds of details about the experiences which present themselves to the meditative attitude.

Dr. Stphane Treyvaud

By |2012-07-02T19:44:58+00:00July 2nd, 2012|Mindfulness|