Not surprisingly, the two papers we will be discussing this week share at least one idea in common. In “Teaching Midnfulness at a Public University” (Lee, 2012), the idea is expressed as “inner experience.” In Hart’s (2004), “Opening the Contemplative Mind in the Classroom,” this idea is referred to as an “inner technology.” Later, he also uses the word “mindscience.” Reading “mindscience” reminded me of a book with this title [MindScience: An East-West Dialogue (1999)] and research efforts in this area [e.g., the Mind Science Foundation; the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona (which began with funding from our state’s very own Fetzer Institute!)].
About that favorite line of mine? It comes from Hart’s (2004) “Opening the Contemplative Mind in the Classroom” and reads:
The cardinal aspect of contemplative practice is nourishing the quality of one’s attention. (pg. 32)