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03 June 2009 @ 05:14 pm
On being a pilot  
A few things are on my mind. The two main things are the nature of time and being a pilot. Meditation is another. I'll begin with my thoughts about being a pilot.

I don't mean a pilot in (perhaps) the usual sense. I'm not hoping to learn to fly a plane. I mean living each day as a flesh pilot, as the pilot of this extraordinarily complex unit I call a body.  I am surely influenced by Jill Bolte Taylor's account of her stroke and the new way she learned to look at her body as a result of the stroke. I've never quite thought about my body in this way, or more specifically, the relationship, between my consciousness and my body. It requires great skill to navigate from within a living biological unit. (Maybe I'm thinking of that amazing goat and monkey show here, too, but...) the Buddhists say that manifesting as a human is an advanced step from the point of view of karma and the evolution of the soul. When I think of the body as a biological vehicle that is piloted by my consciousness, my life force, I can fully appreciate the Buddhist perspective on this matter. It feels somehow helpful to me to think in terms of being the pilot of my body, and to see other people as pilots of their bodies. It is somehow easier for me to perceive the commonality between all people when I think of everyone as a pilot. We're all just trying to figure out how to operate these beautiful contraptions, physically, spatially, nutritionally, socially, mentally, emotionally, and so on. Some are better pilots than others maybe, but we all manage to navigate well enough most of the the time. Pain and pleasure, weakness and strength, exhaustion and vitality, craving and satisfaction. For me, my body is a vehicle constantly teetering between the extremes, and frequently veering towards one or the other. The pilot perspective also reminds me that it really is advantageous to navigate life with the best attitude I can manage during each flight. I love that the word attitude has a fundamental meaning, or set of meanings, pertaining to spatial orientation. Attitude can mean
  • position or posture of the body appropriate to or expressive of an action, an emotion, etc., as in a threatening attitude or a relaxed attitude 
  • the inclination of the three principle axes of an aircraft relative to the wind, to the ground, etc.
  • a pose in which the dancer stands on one leg, the other bent behind
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