Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wilderness Meditation: Being Alone With Ourselves

The angst that we sometimes feel when we are alone can be a moment of contact with ourselves--if we do not escape the contact with distractions. Mountains, rivers, canyons, and oceans all present us with an opportunity to be alone with ourselves, in the presence of something greater and powerful than our individual sense of ego (I). In this wilderness meditation Dr. Giobbi explores how moments of isolation can help us to come into contact with ourselves and others.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Wilderness Meditation: The Choice to be Free

We live in a historical, social moment in which causal determinism  seems to be the default assumption of human experience. Ready made explanations about genetic determinism or environmental determinism have all but eliminated the agency of willful action. When William James, suffering from a depressive state in the face of a deterministic world--one which we take as granted today, read the essays on free will by the French philosopher Charles Renouvier, he immediately lifted from his despair. "My first act of free will," proclaimed James, "shall be to believe in free will."

The will, what many philosophers claim to be the defining human characteristic, is evident in our choice to create for the sake of creation--what we call art. In this meditation we explore the ideas of determinism and the human agency of willful choice in existence.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Wilderness Meditation: Seeing Through Social Fictions

In this wilderness meditation outing we explore how increased awareness can lead to liberation from social structures that we take for natural realities. Edmund Husserl used the term captivation-in-an-acceptedness, to describe how we take some things in our lives as being normal, natural, truths; the way things are. Many of these social constructs (such as the admiration of success and the inherent goodness of progress), if left unchecked, can be toxic to our lives. Meditation can help us to become aware of our thrownness in society, and to question the social beliefs and systems that we never thought to question. The phenomenological attitude provides us with the tools for breaking the chains of illusion.