Compassionate Integrity Training Final CIT training manual 11-30 - Page 47

Compa ssionate Integrit y Tr a ining A S e cu l a r Ethic s Appr oa c h to C ulti vat ing Pe rs on al, S o ci al and E n vir on me n tal F lo u r i shing at night but can’t stop thinking or worrying about something. In the metaphor of taming the elephant, the elephant is tied with a rope to a stake in the ground and then watched by an attentive trainer who chides the elephant when it wanders away from the stake. The stake represents our object of attention, namely what we are focusing on. The rope is our capacity for mindfulness or attention. Just as the rope holds Stabilizing Meditation the elephant to the stake, so does our attention keep Analytical meditation involves holding an object in our mind on its object. When the elephant begins to one’s attention and then investigating it in order to roam, or move away from the stake, the elephant gain a deeper insight. We’ve all had “aha” moments trainer, holding a goad in his hand, recognizes that when we saw things in a different way, and we’ve all the elephant is beginning to wander and lightly taps encountered people whose problems stem from their the elephant on its ear to remind it to go back to the perspective. The purpose of analytical meditation is stake. Similarly, when our mind begins to wander, to gain these insights and shift our perspectives, we need metacognition, also called introspective allowing us to be free from things like resentment, awareness, which allows us to recognize when we jealousy or arrogance, which will inevitably cause have moved off