Towards Liberation of the Voice….19.00 Sunday 30 September, 2018. www.worldwideinsight.org
Spoken or written, our words have a significant impact upon others, as well as upon ourselves. It is vital to bear in mind that the exploration of the middle way applies equally to language, as it does to any other kind of practice.
The essentials of the middle way include ethics, the noble path and wisdom. There is an important and necessary encouragement from the Buddha to avoid all forms of extremism in language.
One of the most common expressions of this shows itself in the language of positivity and negativity. We might easily give support to finding an attitude, feelings and expressions in communication free from negativity. But the teachings also and equally express concern to about the language of positivity.
Whether about the past present or future, positivity easily obscures the capacity to see clearly what is taking place. These teachings call upon us to stay true and steady to recognise what arises or has arisen and the causes and conditions for what arises.
There is nothing to be positive or negative about.
We might speak with a certain positivity, which only informs us of our imposition of a pleasurable impressions towards an area or object of interest. The middle way between the extremes sheds light on the actual event itself.
An example of a positive attitude often shows itself in relationship to the future and the use of the language of hope. We hope things will get better. We believe things will improve. We hope for a change from the difficult circumstances of the present or of the past.
Hope, itself, does not offer any reality of change. Nor does it provide the potential for change. Hope easily carries with it the shadow of disappointment.
Our speech then requires a depth of mindfulness and concentration with clarity and precision – expressed without hoping for things to improve or fear of them getting worse.
Insights and wisdom belong to the middle way.
If you wish, listen and inter-active video at 19.00 (UK time) on Sunday 30 September 2018 to:
Communication, Clarity and Consequences
Everything that we write matters.
Everything that comes out of our mouth matters.
Important communications require calm and insightful reflection afterwards.
Wisdom and Liberation of the voice support each other.
Clear communication with another (spoken or written) expresses itself freely from the extremes of positivity and negativity.
The middle way shows itself in exploration of conditions and the factors which contribute to understanding what arises.
Insights into the process supports wisdom.
Positivity shows itself in the exaggerations of perceptions of anyone or anything with regard to past, present and future.
Negativity shows itself in fear and blame.
The Dharma points to wise application of speech and wise application of noble silence.
How do we communicate with the friendly, strangers and the unfriendly?
What are the lessons we have to learn?
Are we dependent on consequences on what others say or what we say?
Liberation includes freedom from dependency on consequences for peace of mind.