Panoramic sensing reverses some of the normal rules governing wanting, trying, and even having expectations about finding inner peace and being here and now.

Our normal understanding of meditation practice needs revision.

People who meditate often say that 'it comes by itself' so 'don't try so hard'. And normally i'd agree.

But panoraming actually stimulates inner peace by trying to do it.

Being attached to the idea of panoramic sensing, wanting it to work, trying to acheive it, and having expectations that it will bring peace, doesn't prevent it happening. It actually encourages it, it stimulates it happening.

Why? Because it was built to work this way. It was built to stop thinking and doing and be still inside for a moment – and at the same time to be aware, open, and here and now.

In order to be receptive to any sudden change in the world outside, animals have to be still and peaceful inside, actively receptive, and here and now – it's automatic. It's all been evolving for millions of years. It's reliable.

In nature it is only used for short periods. So we are not discussing eternal peace of mind, just a short breather, but wouldn't even that be good? And even that reverses the normal rules of meditation.

We can't be sure how animals feel when they are dozing. They appear to use their panoramic abilities less intensely for longer periods and probably combined with inner body awareness.

Animals have practiced mindfulness like this for millenia, they are the experts and they make the best gurus.

There are other perameters to this way of sensing. The ideas we take for granted with our focused appreciation of meditation and mindfulness, don't apply here. Anyone with an interest in peace of mind is missing something big if they miss this.

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