Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Choiceless Awareness

"Because self-actualizing people ordinarily do not have to abstract need-gratifying qualities nor see the person as a tool, it is much more possible for them to take a non-valuing, non-judging, non-interfering, non-condemning attitude towards others, a desirelessness, a 'choiceless awareness.' " ... This kind of detached, Taoist, passive, non-interfering awareness of all the simultaneous existing aspects of the concrete, has much in common with some descriptions of the aesthetic experience and of the mystic experience."
- Abraham Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being, 1962, p. 38

Both Taijiquan and Qigong emphasize cultivating this type of neutral, clear, open, aware, and engaged state of consciousness while practicing mind-body arts.

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  1. Anonymous10:40 PM PST

    Cool blog! I will add it to my links.

  2. Mark Wadsworth11:00 PM PST

    Thank you! For the last coulple of weeks I have been thinking of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs in relation to the children I teach and the people I work with (and indeed myself). This morning I happened across your blog and was confronted with this extract - reinforcing my belief in syncronicity and making me smile on a wet Sunday in England.

  3. Smiling on a wet Sunday in England ... sounds perfect to me.