The Parable of the Movie Patron
Let us revisit our friend the movie patron.
He has purchased his ticket, and his snack, and his beverage,
and has taken his seat in the air conditioned comfort
of the movie theater.
After a handful of trailers,
Just enough to make him forget
what movie he came to see.
And after those trailers
the movie begins.
And whether it is adventure, or horror,
or comedy, or drama
our friend the patron sits back and enjoys the ride
as he knows he has little other choice.
For he does not confuse himself
for the screenwriter, nor editor, nor director, nor producer
and knows completely
that what occurs upon the screen
is utterly out of his control.
So he nibbles his snack
and sips his beverage
and enjoys the show.
Likewise, when the wise sit down,
cross-legged to meditate
they know it is NOT their job to select
the sensations, or flavors, or scents, or sounds, or sights,
or emotions, or intentions, or reasonings, or recollections, or imaginings
that cartwheel across the metaphoric stage of their mind.
What then is their job?
To notice: vulnerable, and passive,
withOUT bothering to analyze or label
and to physically relax that we might mentally let go.
And to do all this
in harmony with the tightening tendencies of each inhalation
and with the relaxing propensities of each exhalation.
For, in our very good fortune,
that is how evolutionary biology
selected for our bodies and minds to best operate.
And if we put this advice into action,
every morning and every evening,
then we could very much be like a child, with a video game:
difficult, and frustrating, and seemingly impossible to prevail against;
who at long last receives the manufacturer’s cheat-codes
and is at last able to transform
their time spent with the video game
from an ordeal, into a delight.
Let us conclude
with a simple
call to action
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