July 26, 2017 :: LINDA WRIGHT
SOME INSIGHTS FROM THIS SESSION:
- Strategies for dealing with fear.
- Relationships are the householder’s monastery.
- Background Equanimity vs. Foreground Equanimity
Retired professor of neuroscience and anatomy Linda Wright lives on Tybee Island, a barrier island and the easternmost point of Georgia. She enjoys “beach life,” and focuses much of her time on meditation and dharma practice.
I like covering Hear In and See In—awareness of awareness, Shinzen-style. I tend to start with See-Hear-Feel and then transition into that.
Linda was introduced to Shinzen’s mindfulness paradigm through the Science of Enlightenment audio series, although that was not her first taste of mediation.
I did transcendental meditation in the 60s and 70s when that was popular. Then I was introduced to MBSR for migraines in a pain clinic—but I didn’t apply MBSR beyond pain. I saw Pema Chodron interviewed on Bill Moyers’ and thought, my gosh, she’s got something that’s really important. Then I just went for it, devouring any meditation books or audio that I could get my hands on. I listened to Shinzen’s audio series The Science of Enlightenment in 2005. Being a neuroscientist, I was immediately drawn to the scientific structure of his paradigm.
She shared a key benefit from her meditation practice.
I went through a lot of self-hatred, doubt, and all that psychological stuff. When I realized those thoughts were separate from me—that these were just an activity that my mind was doing—it dawned on me, I don’t want to spend time doing that anymore! It completely changed my life. I’ve gotten to where I can almost laugh; When I see those things coming up, I say, Oh geez, I see you there. Just behave.
Linda finds the LPP sessions very helpful, and generally credits Shinzen’s work for helping her to more fully integrate practice into life.
Before teaching a class (anatomy or neuroscience), I would always engage in some formal mediation practice, such as metta for the students, but practice in life beyond that -- such as maintaining a technique or background practice during class -- was not something I applied until being in contact with Shinzen’s work. This has been life changing.