Thursday, May 6, 2004

From Miss Abernathy's Concise Slave Training Manual:

"While the actual training of a slave encompasses the total person, the sine qua non of a service-oreinted submissive is the correcti attitude. Different roles may dictate different training techniques, but all slaves -- and dominants, too, for that matter -- should cultivate an attitude of mindfulness.

For our purposes, mindfulness may be defined as an over-arching awareness of one's person, surroundings, and circumstances. It is a gentle attention, focused but not forced. Many spiritual traditions recommend sitting, chanting, or other forms of meditation to awaken the mindful state. For the slave, it is dharma yoga, the pursuit of one's true vocation, that is the path to mindfulness. A slave's mindfulness should encompass his physical body, his mental awareness, his emotional state, and insofar as it is possible, the physical, mental, and emotional state of the dominant and any other person in trhe environment.

This is not to say that slave must be clairvoyant or an empath; he must first cultivate self-awareness, and under tutelage, awareness of the dominant's needs and wishes."