Dreamer's Refuge

A student of the Dhamma and Discipline of the Middle Way

Month: March 2016

All the World’s a stage in Plato’s Cave

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
Then, the whining school-boy with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then, a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then, the justice,
In fair round belly, with a good capon lined,
With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws, and modern instances,
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

— William Shakespeare

The Buddha, in his discourses, wanted to get this across to people, and this topic has come up again and again in different cultures. It is interesting that mindfulness, meditation, and listening to Dhamma, etc, all make this point very clear. Yet most people do not see it. I feel like I was the player, but now, instead being part of the play, I feel like I am in the audience, the observer. Though, from time to time, when mindfulness is lacking, I get caught up in the play. Hopefully as I continue my practice, this will become less and less of an occurrence.

Meditation Update 3/3/16

Had an interesting experience today during meditation.

I went from equanimity to what feels like an expansion of mind, and a fading away of the body… I could not feel myself breathing which caused distress, and instinctually I had to take a breath. This caused me to go back to equanimity. I kept on it and hit this state a few more times with the same outcome…(basically yo-yoing back and forth, for about an hour)

I got a bit frustrated, and got up and took a lying posture. I continued 6R and smiling to a state where my body had what felt like energy running through it, and then all of a sudden there was a momentary loss of consciousness (I could not hear, and I do not think I was conscious for that moment but I was nominally “aware”.) I only realized that happened after I gained consciousness again because it was like a hole in a stream of consciousness. It was basically like a blip… like a line that had a sharp dip in it, and then continued back where it was.

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