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Becoming Amphibious: At Home in the Illusion of Permanence and the Reality of Impermanence

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"The universe is made of stories, not atoms."
~ Muriel Rukeyser

Humans are wired for stories. The narrative focus tends to be the default mode of attention for most people. Each of us feels like the main character in the story of our lives. This is a useful and powerful illusion that relies on the constant fluctuation of verbal thought, mental images, and emotional-type sensations in the body to work its spell.

But it can be liberating to also feel at home in the direct experience of living–regardless of the changing circumstances that exist outside our control. Attentional fitness training and related contemplative practices can develop intimacy with these component parts of subjective experience.

This involves intentionally shifting the emphasis away from the dramatic significance of our lives and toward the direct experience of how these fundamental ingredients move, rest, play off each other, and vanish. Observation at this level is assumed to be ineffable; but with cultivation, the intangible aspects of subjective experience become more tangible and therefore observable.

Discover how robust attentional fitness can empower us to see through the illusion of an unchanging self and to feel more at home in our lives both with and without it.

Register online (use promotional code AFT to bring $15 ticket price down to $10)

Event organized by Idea Wave Columbus