16 December 2004

The infinitely knowledgable kewp sent me this in reference to my blog description:

"i learned about the etymology of navel-gazing my first year in seminary. it was a derogatory term used for an eastern orthodox meditative practice called hesychasm, because the meditator curved their back in a combination of a lotus position and bowing, and to observers it looked like they were checking out their navels. it is the christian practice most akin to eastern meditation b/c there's attention to breathing, a chakra-like understanding of the body, and an assumption that humans have direct embodied access to divine energy."

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