Mindfulness

We have entered into a conception of reality that seems to challenge the importance of spatially and temporally immediate events. We are constantly in negotiation with the past and future, and with events and personalities near and far.

While we often classify these activities as memory and dreaming, the suggestion I am making here is that they can be participatory experiences, mediated through space and time by the intercession of physical constructs in other dimensions. At this time, the reader may benefit by a return to my analysis of the mental faculties to reconsider the definitions in light of the discussion thus far.

So what do we pay attention to, in the world around us? Do we pay attention to the immediate, concrete reality conveyed by our senses, or do we concern ourselves with the large span of time that we must order to bring meaning to our lives? Do we focus our life energy to management of our daily concerns, or dedicate it to the larger purposes of human growth?

The foremost danger here is an escape into magical thinking. There are physical rules and concrete consequences that punish mismanagement of our life energy. Failing to deal with the now exposes us to physical predation and deprivation. Furthermore, our entanglement with the immediate and concrete is our connection to the other-dimensional constructions that channel our spiritual energy across time and space.

On the other hand, too narrow a focus on the concrete can trap us in the moment, particularly when the circumstances appear immediately dangerous. Our lives are an entry into a process of growth. Fear can cut us off from the continuity of that process.