8. Right Mindfulness: Anchor & Buoy Model
Geoffrey Hunt [+]
University of Surrey
He has taught meditation in schools, in a prison, a village for the elderly, and an alcohol rehabilitation centre. He has served the Dhamma in hospices, funerals and interfaith events. He has worked in Japan, Nigeria and Lesotho and is a writer and international speaker on ethical issues of health, science and advanced technology. He has published several books in the field of professional ethics. He is married to Rev. Beverley Hunt, an Anglican minister.
This chapter begins with an account of ‘watchfulness’, and an exercise. This is an entrée into fully-fledged mindfulness. Then we find that concentration and mindfulness may be practically integrated in what the author calls ‘The Anchor & Buoy Model’ of meditation. Here too an important and dynamic exercise called ‘The Body Scan’ enlivens the mindfulness of body. The reader is shown the utility of observing the so-called ‘distractions’ during breathing meditation, which are in fact our ‘teachers’, beginning with a simple self-categorization of ‘thinking past’, ‘thinking present’, and ‘thinking future’. Here, learning by ‘insight’ is explained as a critical step on the Path to Peace.