Meditative Inquiry – investigation of the depths

Although Investigation is known as the Second Factor of Awakening (after Mindfulness), it is often overlooked in practice as our meditative lives unfold.  Drawing on Early Buddhism, Zen, Advaita, and related traditions, Michael guided our reflections and experiments in Meditative Inquiry this Sunday,  as we explored ways to investigate our sense of what counts most for us in appreciating and shaping our lives.

Specifically, we took part in a small group exercise where we repeatedly asked one another some variation of the question, “what do you want from your practice?”. After some exploration in which we determined that much of what we want seems to be rooted in the present moment, we then asked, “what is getting in the way of having that right now?”.