How to do Meditation at the Center for Contemplative Practice
Contemplative Process Therapy (CPT) aims to be a psychotherapeutic interventional modality to address the lack of psychological reserve found within the entire range of adult mental health illnesses. Its central construct is that of “Core Spaciousness” denoting the accessibility to an ‘adaptive space’ that views personhood, interpersonal constructs and the elemental environment as contained within a framework of psychological and ecosystemic openness or spaciousness.
It aims to engender a state of meditative contemplation that bestows tremendous flexibility despite the events and circumstances you might find yourself amidst. This is done through three stages that are interwoven in the contemplative process:
- Fragile link contemplation
- Resilience contemplation, and,
- Spaciousness contemplation
The contemplation in CPT is non discursive and analytical with the end point being the awareness of spaciousness and openness within which everything is contained. In learning how to do meditation, this meditative contemplation process can be very helpful and aids in putting the usual impediments in attaining meditative absorption into the right context. Following the CPT process, one acquires the contemplative skills to put life events and mental events into the proper perspective and begin and sustain a personalized meditation practice.
Core Spaciousness is a construct that derives from Dzogchen Buddhism. Rigpa is the primordial ground that is free of conceptual elaboration and is a union of wakefulness and emptiness. This union of cognizance and the absence of inherent existence of whatever appears is like space, which has no arising, no abiding and no ceasing, and which rests upon nothing. This openness, spontaneity and absence is a state of pure potential, and is described as core spaciousness in CPT. The manifestations of personhood and all objects in relation to the one are conceived as mere appearance within the field of spaciousness. While this construct derives from buddhism, there is no requirement for belief in adopting CPT. This is because, the state of potential which core spaciousness is, is very much a natural phenomenon and can be seen as a state of ‘pre-manifestation’ or the source or setting for all physical and psychological objects. All apparent existence can indeed be visualized as downstream to a phase of absolute potential, a phase where there is zero manifestation and a state that contains within it the seed of all that does and can exist. In CPT, such a core spaciousness is seen to be in equilibrium with physical and mental phenomena and to be temporally co-occurrent with all that is.
In learning how to do meditation, such a focus on the ground as opposed to the details can be most enabling and in CPT is the returning point of all fragility and resilience work.
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