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Sensitivity of the Heart

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2002-06-10
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Notice how thinking keeps you from being sensitive to your inward and outward experience. Go outdoors and take a walk. As you move around open the senses to the sights, sounds, and smells of the environment. Notice how the day’s events impact the listening. Watch how “the story of the me” forms around this sense data (my flowers look so good this time of year, I wonder if this runny nose is the beginning of a cold or just allergies, the sound of that airplane reminds me of our vacation in July). Now practice presence and release yourself from the thinking. Notice what difference that makes to your availability and sensitivity. From this exercise what does being sensitive mean?

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