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Transcript of Mindfulness, visualized
1. Macroscopic level - Matter
2. Molecular level
3. Atomic level - Protons, neutrons, and electrons
4. Subatomic level - Electron
5. Subatomic level - Quarks
6. Lie group geometrical representation level Here we have the five senses represented, including a sensory homunculus man The senses constantly deliver information to the brain, and ultimately the conscious mind Here we have a cloud representing consciousness, wielding its 'lens of attention,' which is focused upon the brain's subjective interpretation of physical sensation. Internalized conscious activity manifests as learning, which occurs both actively and passively. Again, we have physical sensations as input to the mind. Based upon our past experiences and subjective truths, they are categorized and put into context unconsciously. Our speech and actions impact the world around us... Externalized conscious activity manifests as action. To illustrate action we have the motor homunculus reminding us that action is both physical and verbal. And the cycle is complete. So where does mindfulness come in? ...even if it is just a tiny piece of the world Focusing on the subjective and processed information generated by your mind is a state we'll call 'autopilot.' Autopilot can be thought of as the opposite of mindfulness. Meditation is practicing to control your attention in a particular manner. In this case, we're representing meditation on sound. There are many different useful meditation practices. This could represent an 'open-awareness' meditation, an advanced practice. Here, the object is to maintain full awareness of all physical sensations and phenomena of the mind at once, a feat that requires some practice. Ultimately, the goal is to integrate an intentional, present-moment and non-judgmental awareness into daily life - to reap practical benefit from the time spent in meditation practice. That, in essence, is mindfulness. Sidebar: Thanks for watching! Throughout the day our attention fluctuates significantly depending upon the task at hand, but at baseline is likely to be more like 'autopilot' than 'open awareness.' Meditation practices are used to cultivate breadth and depth of voluntarily controlled attention. Open-awareness Meditation on sound Autopilot