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.