Sensitivity

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Lately I’ve been considering sensitivity as an orienting capacity.  If you’re not sensitive enough to pick up signals, you will be unable to respond to what is going on around you.  Last year during classes I read about “sensitizing concepts.”  Instead of thinking that an idea about people is fully correct, or always useful, conceptualizations can be used to sensitize an observer to what is happening in his field of vision/study.  Yet if I am too sensitive, I will be unable to make connections between phenomena, and to decide on a course of action.  At least this is what I would think based on my past education: we use reasoning to guide us through a world of sensory perceptions.  We use thought to make sense of all this input we are receiving.  One problem that arises is the blocking out of relevant information.  If I immediately put a perception into a category, I might miss out on a large part of what is actually happening.  For example, if I think that government is always wasting money, I might miss out on understanding all the good that comes from certain social services.  So, I’m wondering, how can I be sensitive, without being overwhelmed by what is happening around me?  If I tried to understand everything through categorization, I would become frenetic and exhausted.  The answer I am practicing is to live presently, and to allow the world to exist right in front of me, apart from my judgements or reactions to it.  This also involves allowing ki, or energy, to be constantly moving.  Without creating conflict through categorization, it is possible to feel an active connection immanent within all things.

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