A fond welcome to anyone who has found their way here!
Keeping It Light
As you can see by the title of this on-line magazine, we are a small group of mindfulness practitioners who come from many decades of personal and professional attention to the state of our inner and outer minds. Many of us are or have been psychotherapists who continue to study material that is associated with esoteric traditions, whether Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Yaqui, and on and on.
It can be tempting to get quite serious about this topic, get busy forming churches, arranging experiments to measure levels of serotonin, setting up seminars for the masses, composing manuscripts. But we've taken things a different way because our fundamental purpose here is to correspond with, provoke, teach and be taught by people who are inhabiting the Web and are curious about practicing mindfulness in their immediate, ordinary worlds.
Mulla Nasrudin got a new computer and a modem and set about learning to get on the Web. He was disheartened when, after he'd surfed to his heart's delight, he felt rather heavy and foggy-headed, and could not remember where he had been nor what he had seen. It was then that he recalled the words of some ancient Sufi master who reminded him, "The donkey that you rode on to get to the mosque has to be left behind before you enter the mosque!"
So we are using this medium as a kind of a donkey to get us all closer to the mosque. Of course you understand that in itself it is just a convenience to provoke us into being more mindful. In our terms, this is a reference to feeling my fingertips like I am now as I type. (I suspect that you, the reader, might put your attention there on your lips, or your butt on the chair, or your feet, wherever they may or may not be.) There will be lots of ideas about that presented here, and we'll try to link those ideas to well-known sources, so you can see that we aren't exactly making this up as we go along. We are trying to bring centuries-old content into a 21st Century context, on the notion that this is strongly worth doing.
We hope to employ solid mindfulness tools, a good dose of humor, and to write things directly from our hearts.
We suspect that there are others of like heart out there who will join us, and who will help one-another create another form of Web that is not on-line, is rather, internal and external, involves differentiating sleep from wakefulness. We want it to be fun for everyone and we want to add something to the world of people who pay attention. Please let us know what you think; what these practices do and don't do for you. We are, after, all (in) this together . . .
--Carlton F. "Perk" Clark
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